Jets trainer could be fired over new info about tripping
December 15th, 2010
06:03 PM ET

Jets trainer could be fired over new info about tripping

A New York Jets coach has now been suspended indefinitely - instead of for the rest of this season - after the team learned he instructed players to stand with him near their sideline before he tripped a Miami Dolphins player, the team said Wednesday.

The Jets said they're still reviewing the case of  strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi, and that they could opt to fire him. Alosi tripped rookie Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll during a punt in third quarter of the Dolphins' 10-6 win over the Jets.

"The players at the Miami game were instructed by Sal to stand where they were, to force the gunner in the game to run around them," Jets General Manager Mike Tannenbaum told reporters Wednesday.

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 Jets players on the out-of-bounds edge of the sideline - leaned his left knee forward. 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.

Alosi apologized to Carroll, the Dolphins' coach and others Sunday, and on Monday he told reporters that he "wasn't thinking."  Asked that day whether someone had instructed him and other Jets personnel to stand close to the sidelines to prevent the Dolphins from running out of bounds - something for which Miami was penalized earlier in the game - Alosi said: "No, that wasn't anything that was instructed."

On Monday the Jets suspended Alosi for the rest of the season and fined him $25,000. But the Jets continued to look at the play and then talked with players "who appeared to be standing in a wall-like formation with Alosi," the Jets said in a statement.

"It looked to me that it was unusual for them to be standing that way, and then on Tuesday we talked to the players involved, and that's when we were told they were asked to stand there by Sal," Tannenbaum said in a conference call with reporters Wednesday. "They were instructed by Sal throughout the game, but specifically when Miami was punting, they were asked to stand there by him."

"Once we got this new information, we actually met with the commissioner [Roger Goodell] and [vice president of football operations] Ray Anderson this morning. They support this initial decision that we presented to them, but the league is going to look into this as well, as they should," Tannenbaum said.

The Jets said they could choose to terminate Alosi's services.

"All options are certainly on the table," Tannenbaum said. "We're going to complete the review, get all the information. [Special teams coach] Mike Westhoff was not involved, [head coach] Rex Ryan is not involved, but we just want to be thorough and then make the best decision."

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. MFH

    It's not like he punched someone in the face.

    December 16, 2010 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  2. pooh

    Suspend him for a year, fine need to fire him though. too many other players/coaches get away with far worse to justify firing him. y'all are like a lynch mob!

    December 16, 2010 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mike Nasser

    It seems he tripped his career! Ouch! I wonder how much that is going to cost him?

    December 16, 2010 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  4. Chas

    He should be fired and blackballed from any position that requires him to be on the sideline of games.
    Maybe a weight trainer or the like.
    He's proven he is not qualified to hold a position that req

    December 16, 2010 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jerry

    Ah, yes.. another sports "hero" to teach our children that winning at any cost is the thing to do.

    December 16, 2010 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  6. sixburg

    It's obvious why this dik hasn't been fired. He was instructed to have his boys and himself to line-up like a brick wall by the higher ups like Rex Ryan.

    December 16, 2010 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
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    December 16, 2010 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  8. JJsMOM

    He should be fired and the players that knew he was going to do it and tried to cover up for him should be either fined or maybe suspended for X amount of games next season. Then again who knows maybe the entire team was in on it, even though some are denying it....

    December 16, 2010 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  9. john

    At the very lieast, keep the child in the locker room during games. There is no need to have the weight trainer on the field during games.

    December 16, 2010 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jay

    I think the man is an a** for what he did, but I don't believe it warrants firing him. Suspend him, fine him, and move on. The article reported he apologized for what he did – unnecessary if he doesn't truly mean it. They're just words. The negative attention, suspension, and a fine would make him think twice before making such a decision again.

    December 16, 2010 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  11. Mike

    The NFL has been pretty disgraceful this year as far as conduct on the field goes.

    December 16, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  12. volsforever

    It is a shame that a coach, who knows the rules and risks involved in the game of football would try to purposely injure an opposing player. Not only should he be fired, but also permanently banned from coaching in the NFL.

    December 16, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jeff

    Are you kidding me? The Jets have to think about firing him? He should already be at the Dept. of Labor to file !

    December 16, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  14. Defense

    The guy was clearly showing his players how to stretch out their hamstrings on the sideline when Nolan ran towards the sidelines and provoked this incident.

    December 16, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  15. UDP

    In a game where people try to break other players' fingers in the pile, one guy bending his knee on his own sideline when a player runs out of bounds does not seem like any offense at all. If you don't want to get touched by the other team's bench, don't run out of bounds 3 inches from the guy. Stop whining. First, it's just a game. Second, we're supposed to believe these are grown men playing this game. Man up. You got tripped. Get over it.

    December 16, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
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