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. Like that

    Now this guy is a role model.

    December 15, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jerry Boyle

    Hockey and football are beginning to look alike (helmets off punching and now tripping). That's why I never watch the former and am watching the latter less and less. Then there's CheaterJeter and basketball rims that should have been raised up at least a foot twenty years ago! It's all pretty much a sham all around now. I'll take a quiet walk in the woods while it's all going on, thank you.

    December 15, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesus of Nazareth

      Now here's an informed comment. Backed up with hard facts and unbiased commentary.

      Yes, all sports are are controlled by the same corporate types who run the country and covered up Roswell and really know who shot JFK. It's like one guy. In a room, and he's making a fortune betting on these games he controls, at least he does when he's not fixing the stock market an secretly betting against the American people as he sells trade secrets to China.

      Thanks for shining a light on this Jerry.

      December 15, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. WINNAR

    furthermore.. if this game had actually been a huge one, like a playoff game, there is no adequate remedy for such a violation of the rules. what, 15 yard penalty? what if it had been a gun returning a punt to win the superbowl and then some sideliner tripped him and they ended up losing? there's no way to compensate. fired and blacklisted from the NFL pete rose style is a start

    December 15, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jesus of Nazareth

    Hmm, the Jet's antics where cool and funny when they were... well. A good team. Ever since that pasting at the hands of the Patriots it kinda just seems like they are a bunch of jerks from NYC (which is redundant).

    Jets, just focus on winning games between the sidelines and end zones. If you can't do that, then just shut up, no one wants to hear it.

    December 15, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. hfgty

    This is hypocrisy at it's best. They pay obscene amounts amounts of money to 'gladiators' to knock each other senseless and then pretend they're all upset because some naughty man stuck his knee out. Wise up!!!

    December 15, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • steeve-o

      You obviously don't get it. Maybe you should read some articles about Miley Cyrus or Wikileaks, and comment there.

      December 15, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • hfgty

      Message for steve-o

      What have you got against Miley Cyrus? She's on good terms with the 'commish" I hear.

      December 15, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. joe in TN

    kind of reminded me of the Woody Hayes incident with Ohio State. Sad .

    December 15, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • drum man

      did'nt see your post joe just posted about woody saw that game he was fired

      December 15, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • yazzy

      yeah, woody was a man about it and just tackled the dude!

      December 15, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rob

    I'm not surprised that this type of crap goes on within an organization that's coached by the biggest coaching turd of all time's son......Buddy Ryan....

    December 15, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Nathan

    The most classless organization in the NFL from the coaches to the players and now it would seem the trainers as well. What a punk move.

    December 15, 2010 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. MarkM

    He has apologized and been fined, and I'm pretty sure he will never do this again. Do we really need to end his career? Can't a guy make a dumb mistake any more (a really dumb mistake) and learn from it? Let's move on already.

    December 15, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • don king

      no he must be hung apparently, too much I love all the perfect peeps in the world, hope they never trip up! leave him alone I think he gets it

      December 15, 2010 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. IceT

    "...leaned his left knee forward" OMG someone call 911! Get a grip folks. This should've been forgotten before the game was over.

    December 15, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Fred

    Sal should have killed some puppies/people or been caught shooting video of other teams. Everyone would be so much more forgiving. Integrity the NFL you say?

    December 15, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. The Crusty Cogswell

    Wouldn't expect anything less from a New Yorker.

    December 15, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. bite me

    The dude must have a small pee~pee. I guess he felt like a big man tripping a defenseless player.

    December 15, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Alyssa

    I'm sorry... but who proofed this article? Didn't anyone read the first sentence?

    December 15, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Three Dog Mama

    How dumb can he be? Fire him.

    December 15, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
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