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. colleenarn

    @Bob let me guess..... cuz it is........

    December 13, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BobbyDigital

    You hear that sound? That's the sound of someone's entire career going down the toilet. Now pass me a beer. Monday night football is on.

    December 13, 2010 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • David, Tampa

      excellent Miller Highlife lite please

      December 13, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Julie

    Wow, way to end your career as a trainer and be black balled forever from a easy career that paid you way too much anyway!

    December 13, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dave

    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.


    December 13, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Falk

    If he's fired. How can they enforce the fine ? By the way, isn't 25 G's a bit steep. He doesn't make million like the players.

    December 13, 2010 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Christine

    Shame on him. He should be fire!

    December 13, 2010 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cesar

    Prefer Bud Lite on tap, thank you David.

    December 13, 2010 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. May

    Why did he run out of bounds to get down field to avoid the blockers? It seems that the sideline people were just standing there not moving to prevent the tackler from doing just that. There should be a rule against running out of bounds to get down field. How can he get hurt by just falling? Is he a whimp or what?

    December 13, 2010 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cesar

    @Christine. Have you heard from dr. Bad? When is he coming back?

    December 13, 2010 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Eduardz

    Sal is one of my favorite coaches. I'm sure he will bounce back from all of this.

    December 13, 2010 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. pw

    he made a mistake and is being severly punished. Move on. I

    December 13, 2010 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Me

    I watched the film and why and hell is the dolphin player running that far out of bounds? I'd tripped him too! Stay on the field. If you are going to run down field out of bounds do it on your own side. Tough in up sissy girls!

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

      according to game film, the Miami player was blocked / pushed out of bounds on the play and was trying to get back onto the field when tripped by the Jets sideline

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

    Stupid, Yes. Should he lose his career and livelyhood over this, NO. People, stop being so damn judgemental. A large fine would be appropriate and he HAS shown remorse to the player he tripped. Lighten up folks! Wishing for someone to have his life turned upside down over a braindead, impulsive second, is BullS%&*t.

    December 13, 2010 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. EJ

    This NY'er says that dirtbag should be fired.

    December 13, 2010 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. sdb

    At a time when the league seems to be evolving I find pathetic that what happens on the field has been so scrutinized as of late and someone who prpbably was a waterboy in high school now choses to get even for all the jock straps he was forced to dodge, he may be a strrngth coach in the nfl, but a role model he is not. I say can him

    December 13, 2010 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
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