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. Buddy


    December 15, 2010 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bobbob123

    there is no way this guy should be fired. The player left the playing surface. He was out of bounds. The trainer should not have done it but to lose his job. No way. There are players in the NFL that have been convictetd of killing people and they still get to play. So why should this guy lose the right to be in the NFL because of something that was a bone head decision but did not break any laws.

    December 15, 2010 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Apu Whopooped

      Uh no, Ray Lewis was not convicted of killing people, you unbelievable boob.

      December 15, 2010 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. truthinrock

    He's admitted that it was planned with other players. He should be fired and the players involved should be sanctioned for their jr. high school mentality. What kind of role models are these for our kids?!

    December 15, 2010 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Corvus1

    OK, so tripping a player gets this dude fired, but the guy who took part in some damn horrific animal abuse is still playing. Hmm.

    December 15, 2010 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • don king

      u r so right, I mean stupid yah but life altering not so much, give the guy a break, I think he regrets it enough, people love to twist the knife, the dogs are still dead!!!

      December 15, 2010 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. JG is a certified MORON

    Yes, JG, you can hurt an athlete by tripping him. His size has nothing to do with the fact that a bad tumble can break a hip, a knee, an ankle, or ribs. The fact that he's an athlete is irrelevant.....

    December 15, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • don king

      so why do we not just hang him as well then everyone will be happy, no one was hurt that i am aware of, he obviously did something stupid but we all do stupid things sometimes, I think the humiliation and the fine are enough, leave the guy alone

      December 15, 2010 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. T

    How did this guy play LB with those shoulders, what held the pads up?

    December 15, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. T

    LB ?? with those shoulders, what held up the pads?

    December 15, 2010 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. kiloez

    He should be fired.

    December 15, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Carlos

    Ever had a guy knee you while you ran full blast down the sidelines? Hurts like a mother, and so will his firing.

    December 15, 2010 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. augmentin

    Such a classy franchise to employ morons like this.

    December 15, 2010 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • enuffisenuff


      December 15, 2010 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. GO PATS

    Desperation is a stinky cologne, and the Jets REEK right now.

    December 15, 2010 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • josh

      time for the wolling wally!

      December 15, 2010 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • iPwn

      Same thing I thought when Bill Belichick got caught taping.

      I bleed silver and blue, love the BOYS till I die.

      December 15, 2010 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff S

      This story reminded me of Bill Belicheck, the Greatest Cheater in the History of the NFL.

      December 16, 2010 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
    • AndyT

      The fact that this incident even happened should be a wake-up call to everyone. Maybe there were "dirty tricks' and such in the infancy of all professional sports prior to being televised, but for years now they have not only been televised but under a petri-dish as far as all incompasing coverage. The audacity for a "coach" to try something like this defies all logic. This matter should have taken about 10 minutes to settle and with that being his paperwork for dismissal.

      It's all too bad that we don't spend more time focusing on guys like the unfortunately late Bob Feller. He served us all in terms of country, sport and spirit. Those kind of people need the spotlight. Watch out USA......the Roman Empire is calling from the grave.

      December 16, 2010 at 3:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Fred

      @AndyT – "the Roman Empire is calling from the grave!" I was watching a special on the Discovery Channel a couple of weeks ago the fall of the Roman Empire and I swear I was thinking the same thing about our country.

      December 16, 2010 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
    • TCP

      Seriously? It's a friggin' GAME!

      December 16, 2010 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
    • dabears2win

      It is a mystery what it takes to get fired in the NFL. Crime, doping, DUI? Those are ok. Tripping by a non player you get fired.

      December 16, 2010 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Paul H

      If they could fire Woody Hayes for what he did on the side lines then this yahoo should be given his walking papers also.

      December 16, 2010 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
    • urFired!

      This guy should be fired! Enough said. Stoopid Fool!

      December 16, 2010 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris CT

      Oh who cares, so some d-bag coach trips a player and should be fired but Michael Vic can kill a bunch of dogs and go back to making millions?

      December 16, 2010 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
    • bill

      alosi should have been fired within 24 hours. but thats not the big problem, the big problems is the steroids that are causing all of these guys to be so overmuscled and overzealous that they are killing and breaking each others backs and necks. how cant the players figure out that headhunting will get them all in the end. then they can limp around from their 30's till the end.

      December 16, 2010 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      "Oh who cares, so some d-bag coach trips a player and should be fired but Michael Vic can kill a bunch of dogs and go back to making millions?"

      There's a difference between unsportsmanlike conduct at a game and what you do outside the field. The difference between Vick and Alosi is that Vick did his thing on his own time whereas Alosi was at work.

      December 16, 2010 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • dtown

      Dabears is right on point! A non player does a dumb thing by tripping a player and gets fired, but other players such as Vick, Ray Lewis etc. etc. have been either accused of doing or around much worse.... What do they get? A fine and a small suspension! It's rediculous. Treat these players like men and maybe they wont have the coaches and owners by the b#lls all the time

      December 16, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
    • GTG

      He should be fired, just as Belicheat should have been fired.
      Don't forget the Pats snow plow game. Ron Meyer should have been fired, too.

      December 16, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • BB

      This guy should be fired and never be able to work in professional football again. He's a disgrace.

      December 16, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  12. keflex

    What a winner!

    December 15, 2010 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • alexash


      December 15, 2010 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. SteveB

    I honestly don't see how he hasn't already been fired. He should have been fired within the first 24 hours. Once the coaching staff got a look at the videotape and saw exactly what he did, he should have been gone.

    And all the players that went along with this stunt should have been running the bleachers. He may have told them to do it, but they knew it was wrong and should have been men instead of poor sport children.

    Junior high teams know you just do do stuff like that and they are supposed to be a pros? Nothing professional in my book.

    December 15, 2010 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leslie

      Amen to that!

      December 15, 2010 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • anonymous

      its not high school

      December 15, 2010 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      I agree 100% with your comment about the other players and staff going along with it. They knew what was happening and took part in it. They too should be held accountable. Poor, poor reflection on the Jets organization. At the beginning of the season I was kinda pulling for the Jets. Not anymore.

      December 15, 2010 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      I'm retired military, after over 27 years of service.
      Had that SOB ordered me or my men to do such a thing, we'd have immediately sat down.
      We wouldn't obey an unlawful order, as he apparently DID voice his intent.

      December 16, 2010 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
    • MXD

      Completely agree. They should have fired him the next day. And now – they'd BETTER! What a sleeze bucket. Very sorry to hear he comes from my Alma Mater, Hofstra U.

      December 16, 2010 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
    • linda kream

      this is the first coherent comment i've seen posted here. there simply should be no question about this jerk's future with this team. he's a classless bully - like the high school jock who thought he could always get away with anything.

      December 16, 2010 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
    • chuck

      a childs mind in a grownup's body....scary. Fire his ass

      December 16, 2010 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
    • maryann

      I totally agree with SteveB as well...this should not be the bum

      December 16, 2010 at 4:24 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jhon Scarlett

    I bet he'll either blame W or Obama for making him do it.

    December 15, 2010 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. PatsFan91

    TripGate?? Who comes up with this??

    December 15, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
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