Jets suspend coach who tripped player
December 13th, 2010
09:22 PM ET

Jets suspend coach who tripped player

[Updated at 9:22 p.m.] The New York Jets have suspended strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi through the 2010 season's playoffs for intentionally tripping a Miami Dolphins player during Sunday's Jets-Dolphins game, the Jets said on their website.

The Jets said they suspended Alosi (pictured) without pay and fined him $25,000 for tripping Dolphins rookie cornerback Nolan Carroll on the Jets' sideline as Carroll was covering a punt in the third quarter of Miami's 10-6 victory.

"After reviewing the facts and consulting with the league office, we determined that this was the most appropriate discipline," Jets General Manager Mike Tannenbaum said in a post on the Jets' site. "I have spoken with Sal. He understands the severity of his actions and has apologized to all parties involved in the incident.

"There is no place in the game for this type of behavior and his conduct falls disappointingly short of our expectations for anyone associated with the New York Jets. I have also reminded all members of the organization with sideline access that it is both a priority and their responsibility to maintain a safe environment."

Earlier Monday, Alosi told reporters that he would accept “whatever disciplinary actions the league or the team comes down to.”

At a briefing with reporters before the suspension was announced, Jets head coach Rex Ryan said he wanted to apologize to  Carroll and the Dolphins.

"That’s a thing that has no business in this league or anywhere else. Sal made a huge mistake. He knows that. He’s apologized for it," Ryan said.


[Initial post, 5:49 p.m. ET] New York Jets strength coach Sal Alosi has apologized a second day for intentionally tripping a Miami Dolphins player during their game Sunday. Now he’s waiting to hear whether he’ll be punished.

Alosi, who tripped Dolphins rookie cornerback Nolan Carroll on the Jets’ sideline as Carroll was trying to cover a Dolphins punt in the third quarter, told reporters Monday that he wasn’t thinking during the play.

“If I could go back and do it again, I sure as heck would take a step back. It was just a situation where I wasn’t thinking,” Alosi said during a news conference Monday afternoon at the Jets’ facility in Florham Park, New Jersey.

Carroll, covered by two Jets players, was running along the sideline toward the Jets’ punt returner when the incident happened at the New Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey. Video shows Carroll was out of bounds and trying to run back in the field of play when Alosi – standing with his hands in his pockets – leaned forward on his left knee. The knee caught Carroll, who tumbled to the ground.

Carroll was shaken up but eventually walked to his sideline on his own power. He returned to the game in the fourth quarter, and the Dolphins won 10-6.

“Once again I’d like to apologize to Nolan Carroll, [Dolphins] coach [Tony] Sparano, [Jets owner] Mr. [Woody] Johnson and the entire New York Jets organization,” Alosi said Monday.

“I let everybody down yesterday with my actions. My actions were inexcusable and irresponsible. I’m extremely thankful that my actions yesterday didn’t result in any significant injury to Nolan or any other player,” he said.

The NFL and the Jets have said they are reviewing the incident. Alosi, who said he spoke with and apologized to Nolan, Sparano and Jets personnel on Sunday, said he hasn’t offered to resign but would accept “whatever disciplinary actions the league or the team comes down to.”

Noting that the Dolphins had been penalized earlier in the game for running out of bounds, a reporter asked Alosi whether someone had instructed him and other Jets personnel to stand close to the sidelines to prevent such moves.

“No, that wasn’t anything that was instructed,” Alosi said. “Our inactive players – guys that don’t play – we try to keep those guys focused on the game, root those players on. … We wanted to cheer on our guys.”

Alosi said the last 18 hours have been terrible for him.

“What I put my family through, what I put our organization through, I wouldn’t wish on anybody,” he said.

Sparano, before he had a chance to review the tape, told reporters after the game Sunday that his coaches upstairs were telling him that Carroll had been tripped.

“I talked to the referee at that point … [and] I told him at that point that it was on tape and that the people upstairs are telling me that that’s what they see,” Sparano said.

Carroll told the Sun-Sentinel that he wasn’t angry. But some of his teammates were.

“Come on, man. That's dirty! … There's no place for that in football,” Dolphins linebacker Karlos Dansby said Sunday, according to the Sun-Sentinel. “Hopefully they'll be fined for it. I'll leave it up to the league."

Alosi, who played linebacker at Hofstra, joined the Jets as an intern in 2002 before serving as their assistant strength and conditioning coach from 2003 to 2005. He worked one year with the Atlanta Falcons before returning to the Jets as their head strength and conditioning coach in 2007.

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  1. t

    A true ass. He should be ashamed of himself and should never be allowed to coach another day.

    December 13, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Wendy

    No, he should not be fired....and I am a life long Dolphin fan. He should be fined and suspended...that is more than anyone else has recieved in the NFL so far in the past few years for far worse. Check your feelings at the door people, clear your head....if you fire him, then you better start getting ready for players to be suspeneded and or banned....Ray Lewis anyone?

    December 13, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Taylor

    Ok, the guy made a huge and embarassing mistake. Was it stupid? he genuinely sorry?...I believe he is an I believe if he could re-live that moment, he would take a step back...We have ALL done something we regret, something we wish we could take back...right? Nolan is not hurt thank God...So can we move on and say lessons learned including Mr. Alosi? Nolan himself gracefully said he holds no grudge. Lets not destroy the positive things this coach has done throughout his career and give him a chance to rectify his mistake. Dont let his family suffer from on bad decision. It's Christmas for Gods sake!

    December 13, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • aatami

      What does your ridiculous celebration of YOUR "god" have to do with this idiots cheating? Nothing. I don't participate in that kind of childish hocus pocus additionally I have never cheated because I was taught that it was wrong by my parents. I guess all your jesus worshiping obviously didn't do the same for you.

      December 13, 2010 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • pEpE tom

      @aatami, then where your parents learned that doing bad is a mistake? I's from your grandparents right? then where did your grandparents learn it, from your greatgrandparents? then where did your greatgrandparents learn it, from great2xgrandparents? then where did your great2xparents learn it?

      Please know your genealogy if all of them are atheist like you from the very begining of your ancestors then you can freely shout on top of your god allergic lungs that, God has nothing to do or doesn't had any influence when it comes to knowing good and evil.

      December 13, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. aatami

    Yeah, sure he wasn't thinking. He knew exactly what he was doing, what a meat head loser.

    December 13, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. D

    Aw snap he be trippin' dawg!

    December 13, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • aatami

      You are a cartoon.

      December 13, 2010 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. pEpE tom

    The guy made a mistake and he admits it. They have rules to deal such infraction accordingly. LET'S JUST LET THE RULE ROLLS.

    December 13, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. yeesh

    only in america do we worry about if someone is tripped during a football game, and it makes the front of CNN webpage. Today must have been a slow news day.

    December 13, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jokejustive

    Obviously, it was wrong, but technically the Dolphin was cheating. I watched the game and he wasnt "trying to come back inbounds" anytime soon. Glad he didnt get hurt but it was a little funny to see a blatant trip like that. Should be fined thats it.

    December 13, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • steeve-o

      How is stepping out of bounds cheating? I believe he was pushed out of bounds and was trying to return.

      December 13, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. kim

    Tripped someone and still lost is punishment enough. Ah ah thats too ridiculas its petty too behave that why. He apologized let be grown up and not blow it out into some big deal. He did say he was sorry. This crap remind me of children grow up!

    December 13, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • tcaros

      He's not a child. He's an adult so there's a difference.

      He should be fired. It was unsportsmanlike conduct in front of millions of viewers. He's not a player, but he tried to interfere with the game like one. The punishment should be banned for life.

      December 14, 2010 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
  10. zeke

    I support him. Bad decision but not a bad person. He will not do it again. Have a little faith in humanity people and do not pass such harsh judgement on someone when no one got hurt. He is smart an will learn from this.

    December 13, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • tcaros

      He tripped a player running past him. That is sneaky and should not be tolerated. It's worse because he's not a player.

      He should be fired immediately. The league needs to set a higher standard for coaches on the sideline.

      December 14, 2010 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
  11. Winston Ben Wa

    ONLY in New York.

    December 13, 2010 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • SteveR

      Yeah, you're right we are the center of it all good and bad complain about it all you want but remember, every penny you make flows through here. We profit on the flow.If you deny that you don't get it. NYC makes the US go 'round. Center of all finance

      December 13, 2010 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • DerrickAnthony

      And when it happens in Chicago, you'll say only in Chicago. Say something different, will you.

      December 13, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian in TX

      Yes, SteveR and his pals profit on the flow, make the world go round, center of the universe, blah blah blah blah blah. Don't forget: every penny!

      December 13, 2010 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fred_C

      Except of course for that pesky little fact that the Jets play in New Jersey not NY.

      December 13, 2010 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • John T

      Oh, it could have been an accident from the tape. I bounce on my knees all the time in game situations. A lot of guys do, it's just something you do to keep your body loose and with it. The guy is an ex-player and he's totally into the game.

      Yeah, he shouldn't have done it, but as long as he didn't stick his foot out so it was obviously deliberate, give the guy a break. Fine him, suspend him for a month, and then forget it. S__t happens in football and on the field. Nobody was seriously hurt.

      I say treat it as a foul and get him to step back a little bit.

      December 13, 2010 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Inflightreader

      They suspended him through the playoffs? What playoffs? After MNF beatdown, the Dophins embarassment, Tripgate–a total erosion of confidence...Jets are imploding. Perhaps another lesson for next year's "school of hard knocks."

      December 13, 2010 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kierson

      Wow! Talk about a career ending disaster! This guy gives a bad name to the National Strength and Conditioning Association! The NSCA needs to revoke his certification! Seriously, what the hell was this guy thinking! I only see that kind of behavior in elementary school! What an embarrassment! No one is laughing and commending you for your actions! Time to find a new job because the odds of you having one tomorrow are ZERO!

      December 13, 2010 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • SteveR GFY

      Yes SteveR, add no value but profit like parasites

      December 13, 2010 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Forexpreneur

      @Steve R ... You are absolutely wrong about "every penny" going through NY. That is a crock of Bull! More money flows through London by far than NY. Ever hear of the currency markets? There is more money that flows through the currency markets every day than all the stock markets in the world put together and over 80% of that money flows directly through London! NY is a very large financial market but it is NOT the largest so get over it.

      December 13, 2010 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • junus

      This is a good time to fire the useless SOB

      December 13, 2010 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cravin Moorehead

      I think it was funny. I wish people would do that kind of stuff more often. It will keep the players guessing.

      December 13, 2010 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • jlb

      The New Jersey Jets have always been a low life classless organization that represents their community well. Theres a reason they play their home games in Giants Stadium. Oh and Rex Ryan really sets the tone for the Jet Frat boy culture.

      December 14, 2010 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
    • jlb

      Don't blame NY. As always stay classy Jersey. Land of guidos, mob graveyards, raw sewage and of course Jersey Shore!

      December 14, 2010 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
    • stwebb

      And don't forget that if NY was a country, it'd be the 8th largest economy in the wor...oh wait...that's California! NEVER MIND!

      December 14, 2010 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
  12. JW

    Fire him immediately, no severance pay, take away retirement options and hopefully the local DA will file charges. Zero tolerance is the only way to get the attention of someone like him.

    December 13, 2010 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • mycatsbreathsmellslikecatfood

      yeah, i can see the DA laughing hysterically. moron. the punishment suits the actions taken by the coach....i mean, he tripped someone for god's sake, punch them, kick them, kill them, trip and you want the DA to be involved? i see you like tax money spent wisely

      December 13, 2010 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Just imprison him for 20 years, and make sure his family never gets any work again too.

      December 13, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |

      So JW stands for Jack Wagon is what you're sayin?

      December 13, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • JW

      ok, lets see if i can deal with both of you and quickly get back to watching In Harm's Way.
      – spend tax money wisely: you sound like Bush the younger. If it takes the DA wasting a few tax dollars to get this 'roid rage trainer to wake up, so be it.
      – Jack Wagon: Yes, its a cute commercial but try to be a little more original.
      later, the Duke is about to say something much more memorable

      December 13, 2010 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      People are ruthless. Where is the compassion ? people make mistakes, he acted impulsively without thinking, given a moment he might not have done that. Suspension for the rest of the season for that lack of judgement and the easy willingness to do something harmful should be enough punishment.

      December 13, 2010 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. zeke

    My 4 year old got tripped by a bigger kid in daycare last week. I hope the kid gets kicked out of daycare and his parents slapped with a huge lawsuit.

    December 13, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • a7dk9d

      Was it on film? Because if not, you can't prove anything happened...

      December 13, 2010 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peabo Bryson

      This guy was a "professional" who did something with malicious intent. He should be fired and made an example of. If the player he tripped had rammed his helmet into a person on the sidelines who wasn't wearing any pads or helmet, that person could have been killed or seriously injured. Alosi also gave a cliche apology....the only thing missing was the john Boehner-esque crying.

      December 13, 2010 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dsn63

    This man screwed up BIG TIME.Not only what he did was childish but this kind of conduct from a coach is inexcusable.Get rid of him.

    December 13, 2010 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. SteveR

    Bald Guys on Roids never think first

    December 13, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
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