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. Joe Ranger

    Oh gee, someone got tripped. Oh my!!!

    You pay me 3.75 million for 16 games of football, you can trip me all you want.........

    December 15, 2010 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • iPwn

      He's 23 in his first year. If his knee got screwed he would have nothing but a bum knee.

      December 15, 2010 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • crashtx1

      The guys getting busted up on kickoffs and punts are usually the grunts working for the minimum. That's what's so sad about this.

      December 15, 2010 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shaman13

      The minimum is still a helluva lot more than most people make at "real" jobs..

      December 16, 2010 at 6:45 am | Report abuse |
    • jk

      So it is bad to be paid a football players' salary but it is OK to cheat? Money has nothing to do with it. Whether this player is Joe the Quarterback or Joe the Plumber is not relevant. What is relevant is the cheating and unsportsmanlike conduct of the coach and those complicit. Those are the cultural values you should be lamenting.

      December 16, 2010 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      It's still a price to pay to basically end up semi-crippled and in pain for the rest of your life, which is what happens to most football players. Plus the brain damage.

      December 16, 2010 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Rico

      The Miami play was injured on that play. He was lucky to probably walk away with sprain knee rather and an injury to his ACL or MCL.

      December 16, 2010 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  2. Cutty

    There's a diff between standing tight to the sideline or your boundry, and sticking yourself onto the field of play to alter the course of play. Legal vs illegal. He is being punished for the illegal. You folks wanna punish him for the legal?

    December 15, 2010 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • MXD

      He deserves additional punishment for two reasons – first, he planned this little stunt, and then he lied to his management – and to all of us – when he apologized to quickly and humbly that he "wasn't thinking." Well, pretty obvious NOW that he WAS and he MEANT it. Fire him and ban him from football.

      December 16, 2010 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
    • TCP

      @MXD – Do you REALLY think he "lied to all of us". Seriously, dude, you need to step back and get yourself a life. He planned to crowd the line. The trip was a stupid, in the moment mistake. He has apologized, he is paying 25 GRAND and a BIG suspension. That is probably 100 to 500 times (based on salary levels) the fine and suspension many players recieve for intentional and illegal hits. Give it a rest!

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

      @TCP – Dude, seriously, have you even played organized football? A player on the field has some expectation of being hit at any point during a play, whether a legitimate, legal hit or not. A player running the sideline downfield to cover a punt can expect to get hit by a player in the game, but he does not expect to be hit by a coach/player/inactive player who is out of the field of play and not in the game. You can brace yourself for an impact if you know/expect it to be coming. You can't do that if you aren't expecting it, and that is how a player can have his knee blown out, bones broken from a fall at full speed, etc. Yeah, the "coach" has apologized, but I think the only thing he is sorry for is for getting caught.

      December 16, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • displeased

      TCP, the incident was premeditated. He wouldn't have asked the players to line up in a certain way if he wasn't planning the assault, so when he apologized and said he "wasn't thinking," he did lie.

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

    Maybe he was drunk or he was just a sore looser I wish I made money like that I would not do nothing to screw it up

    December 15, 2010 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. iPwn

    I think we should smash his knees with hammers.

    December 15, 2010 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Username28

    Ummm why wasn't this guy arrested ?

    December 15, 2010 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dino

    Fire this low rent thug-get him out of the league, permanently along with anyone else in this organization involved in this incident.

    December 15, 2010 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jo

    Maybe he and Jeter can get together and discuss other ways they can act like nine year olds on the field.

    December 15, 2010 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. EJ

    This thug needs to be sent packing...

    December 15, 2010 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. JJ

    Wasn't thinking? Who in football thinks? LOL!

    December 15, 2010 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Irf

      You obviously know nothing about football...

      December 16, 2010 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  10. JJ

    Ah, the time-worn crutch of slack-jawed repukes everywhere... whining about accusations of racism! LMAO!

    December 15, 2010 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. John B

    Could be fired? Are you kidding, he should have been fired the minute it happened.

    December 15, 2010 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Integrity

    Simply put he did something very wrong and he should be held accountable. He should be fired. He knew it was wrong. This is why people today think it is OK to lie, cheat and steal. It is not. He did hurt the player, just because he was only “shaken up” doesn’t mean he was not hurt. He apologized, sure he only apologized because he got caught. Remember the Golden Rule- Do unto others..... Gee, Sal how would you like someone to trip you...just about anywhere you were going...or your Mom, Dad, child, wife think about it...if its ok for you to do to someone else? It really has nothing to do with football as much as the way the man lives his daily life. If he would do it on the field you know he is not a nice person off the field either. I feel sorry for him. He needs help.

    December 15, 2010 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. publius enigma

    So what action against the players that went along with it?

    December 15, 2010 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. freeart55

    Give the CHEATER the BOOT!

    December 16, 2010 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  15. Kierson

    The fact that Alosi hasn't been fired is unbelievable! Does working for the NFL mean you're exempt from not being fired!?! His actions continue to be an embarrassment for the strength and conditioning coaches who take their NSCA certifications seriously. The guy works his way up to a coaching position that pays $100-$200K and just screws it all up! You can admit and be held accountable to your actions, but chances are you'll do it again cause your still immature and haven't grown up to be a true professional. How could let this moment of relapse consume you? Good luck finding another job. The NSCA should revoke your certification immediately.

    December 16, 2010 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
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