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. Zantron

    Dolphins fan here, I say he gets a small fine and move on. Sure it was a stupid move, but it wasn't so terrible that I think the guys career needs to be screwed over.

    December 13, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank Furter

      Get off this board! No common sense allowed here!!!!!!

      December 13, 2010 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marnie86

      ...also a huge Dolphins fan and agree... a little compassion is deserved. I would think that $25,000 and suspension for the remainder of the season is punishment enough. Get a grip, people!!!!

      December 14, 2010 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  2. DerrickAnthony

    Sure you were THINKING! Why would you lean into him, if you weren't thinking? You were fully aware, and though it through. I would throw you out with the leftover Gatorade and the dirty towels?

    December 13, 2010 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Nancy

    fire his azz!

    December 13, 2010 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marnie86

      Would you want to be fired for the next mistake you make?

      December 14, 2010 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  4. jorge

    What's the big hoopla? It's a typical move for the cheater Jets and their low-class organization.

    December 13, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. M3

    SUSPENDED!! Loser. Jets are a shady team.

    December 13, 2010 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. buckbundy

    Someone compared that to a kid tripping another kid, but these aren't kids.
    Even though I can understand players playing dirty, the non-players around shouldn't get another chance. The guy should have been fired on the spot.

    As a jets fan, I hope jets fire him, and issue an apology for someone in their staff doing that. He could have ended a career right there, it's only fair that his career in NFL ends with that stunt.

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

      The gentleman who posted that he should be fired and not allowed to work in the nfl was correct.I think the people who are trying to blow this off in their posts are jets fans.This is serious from a football players perspective.What ends more football careers than knee injuries?He could have ended that rookies career very easy- are you jet fans proud of this cheating loser?How sad-grow up jets

      December 14, 2010 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
    • MeggetFan

      Agreed. Fired. Banned from league. (for at least a few seasons,like an adult criminal on probation). I am an aspiring pro athlete who battles with injuries. We are talking bout a game that all involved get paid ALOT OF MONEY!!! Coaches are privilaged to be put in position to care for the well being of these young men. It was an adult attaking a defensless young man .Anyone who makes lite of this, was never an athlete or is nieve.... we all make mistakes but that was calculated..thnx replay!

      December 14, 2010 at 3:00 am | Report abuse |
  7. J Tripper

    I don't get it. This is far worse then wikileaks. I am so glad this made headlines. Now we can take a break from wikileaks and focus on real news!! Thank you CNN for coming to your senses

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

      Whatever, the workd does not revolve around you and butt boy.

      December 13, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank Furter

      @Trash – good freaking Lord, you fricken stupid moron, you can't even type the word "WORLD"...before you rip on someone else, why don't you go get your 11-toed cousin to spell for you...STOOP...

      December 13, 2010 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. David, Tampa

    Fire the dude (fined 25 grand??!!....How much does he make any how?)

    December 13, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Its a very STEEP fine, somebody in his position only probably makes 200-300k, so thats 10 percent of his salary, plus 3 game checks, so he is facing a huge punishment

      December 13, 2010 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      Although I believe what he did warranted being fired, the amount of money he will lose is very substantial relative to his per-season salary. He not only has been fined $25,000 he will also lose his salary for the remaining three regular season games, plus whatever post-season games the Jets play in. It was a rotten and childish thing he did. He could have ended a man's career.

      December 13, 2010 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Carl

    This is a bit of a generalization, but why do sports people act like little children?

    December 13, 2010 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      Wow, talk about stereotyping an entire group of people. Haha.

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

      Uh... maybe for the same reasons that politicians, religious zealots, and any other group of people do. I don't know, have you been to a workplace lately? Lots of silly people everywhere.

      December 14, 2010 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  10. David, Tampa

    What's his real name "WOODY HAYES"????

    December 13, 2010 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |

    Well, it could be considered Assault; because that's what it was; it was an intentional - that was not supposed to be caught on camera so that Carroll would just stumble as if he took an awkward step. Yes, he should be fired for conduct unbecoming sportsmanship (a sports professional). Understand the game of footballis viewed weekly by a lot of kids. What kind of example is he to the kids and young atheletes to see that unwise move that could have resulted in a serious injury. The kids can look at that behavior as just a part of sportsmanship and see you can do wrong; but "no substantial" punishment is given; only to say obviously that it's okay. He should be told "YOU ARE FIRED!!!

    December 13, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Yvette Haughton

    I think he needs to be fired-if not fired then he should pay a hefty fine!! He also needs to make a donation to a BULLYING charity! ! He is very unprofessional and unsportsmanlike ;-(. Maybe he should find another profession.

    December 13, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. me so Gary

    what is his salary?

    December 13, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bob

    Well the guy was running up the sidelines out of bounds, why is tripping a cheater like that considered bad?

    December 13, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Al

      Since you're trolling I'll bite. You could only be trolling since there is no real possiblity that they have taught retarded monkeys to type. Cheater for running out of bounds? Honestly?? It happens even fricking time a ball is punted. I swear if there were true justice in this world a ball pien hammer would have smacked your skill and two of your friends when you hit the word post.

      December 13, 2010 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. m

    Are you kidding me,this is a professional football coach- really!!! Is he connected to someone powerful or something? He stuck his leg out to trip a player in a live nfl football game! Luckily it wasn't career ending but please tell me that this isn't gong to be swept under the rug- these people are supposed to be roll models for our kids! Whoever decided to suspend him should be fired to- If its the owners, then come to your senses, show the world this bs won't be tolerated

    December 13, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
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