NFL fines Jets $100,000 for coach's tripping incident
December 30th, 2010
09:12 PM ET

NFL fines Jets $100,000 for coach's tripping incident

The National Football League fined the New York Jets $100,000 in connection with a coach’s tripping of an opposing player along the sideline during a game this month, the Jets said Thursday.

The Jets earlier this month fined and indefinitely suspended strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi (pictured) after he admitted intentionally tripping rookie Miami Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll during a punt in the third quarter of the Dolphins’ 10-6 win over the Jets on December 12.

"We will comply with the league’s decision," the Jets said in a statement on its website Thursday.

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.

The team initially suspended Alosi for the rest of the season and fined him $25,000 after his admission. But on December 15, the team said it learned that Alosi instructed players to stand with him near their sideline – even though Alosi had told reporters that no one had instructed anyone to stand close to the sidelines to prevent the Dolphins from running out of bounds. The team then suspended Alosi indefinitely.

The Jets have said they’re reviewing Alosi’s case and could opt to fire him.

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. Catherine

    I understand & agree that the NFL powers that be had to make a point to the entire league over this incident. However I believe it is an excessive fine for the Jets. Reverse the penalties...fine the team the 25K and Alosi 100K, fire him & ban him from football.

    December 31, 2010 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  2. Boney

    What an idiot. Wasn't thinking???? If he can't think during a game...what the h3ll is he doing on the field??? This bass turd needs to be fired and banned from sports for life.

    December 31, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  3. Andre

    Most of the previous over 140 comments are ridiculous especially the "grammar" discussion. So many false moralists especially women that have no idea what their kids go thru in the schools sports teams during training sessions and pre/post games.Most of this panel represents what America became, mostly a bunch of false moralists and complainers.

    December 31, 2010 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  4. Michael

    I occasionally ref high school games. If I had seen this on a play I would have ruled the game an immediate forfeit by the offending side. I'm disappointed the officials of this game didn't do this because it would have sent a very, very clear message to the children and young adults who watch the game about the consequences of terrible (not just bad, but terrible) sportsmanship.

    The Jets should fire him, and the league should ban him for life. The Vick analogy holds no water because Vick's transgressions are off the field. What this guy did was on the field and should be punished by nothing less than expulsion from the field for life.

    December 31, 2010 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  5. Benoit99

    So Sad.

    December 31, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  6. Alan

    I'm glad they got fined That moron that tripped the played should be banned from sports the rest of his life

    December 31, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  7. Bob

    Let's see – Jets trainer gets others to help him cheat on a punt return. Several weeks later, a Jets punt returner waves his arms to 'get his balance' in what many Steelers players think is a half-hearted fair catch signal. The punt gets returned for a TD and the Jets win. Let's see the NFL or an intrepid reporter ask about that set of coincidences.

    December 31, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Fric

    The NFL is all about holding the players and coaches to the highest of standards. Oh so they would have us believe. Anyway, this guys actions is a testament to his character. Once a cheat, always a cheat. Thats what cheaters do. They look for an opportunity and when presented, they take it. Fire his foul-ball a$$. He's not worthy.

    December 31, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. wowhesrightdude

    organized sports is just anoother way for these overgrown jocks to never leave high school. They've always got the "big game" coming up. Give them all flak jackets and M4's, slash their pay by an average of 8 million or so, and ship them to Afghanistan. Let's see how tough they are then.

    December 31, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tricky Dick

    I tend to agree with David as per the bad grammar posted here.Taking this a step further, I propose folks be fined for each and every misspelling, punctuation and grammatical error appearing in their respective missives.

    December 31, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • tcaros

      No, I disagree mispelling is not nearly as reprehensible as sticking out your foot to trip someone.

      This guy was a real yank and should be banned from the NFL.

      January 1, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. matt

    the guy that did the tripping? he should have been fired immediately (that would have shown the Jets had integrity) and the NFL (the national felons league) should have banned him from the NFL. there is no excuse for this.

    Here's an idea: hey player,s coaches, et al....you see that white line about 3 yards back from the sideline? the ones the press, cheerleaders, etc is supposed to stay behind? why don't ALL OF YOU stay behind that line at all times – with the exception of entering the field of play or leaving the field of play?

    December 31, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Matt, I hope for your sake, if you ever make a mistake at work, there are no cameras recording your every move, and that your employer shows you some compassion and understanding, despite your lack of both.

      December 31, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brenda

      There was no "mistake." Films show the deliberate act for what it was, and guess what - the Jets did not deny it!

      December 31, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • me

      Jim, I hope when you are working you do not trip Jill from accounting because she is about to deliver some bad news to your boss. Can you imagine the trouble you would be in for pulling a stunt like this in the 'real' world. Getting fired on the spot would be the least of your troubles and cameras have nothing to do with it.

      January 1, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chief7777777

    Players setting up a play by running out of bounds to fool a defender then comming back into bounds should be illegal. Sal had every right to stand there and protect himdelf from being hit. He should be reinstated!!

    December 31, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • anthony

      It is illegal for gunners to run out of bounds for an extended period of time to get away from the blockers. That penalty gets called all the time. Its also illegal for players & coaches to stand on the sidelines. They are supposed to stand behind the white line that is three yards inside the sidelines. That rule is not enforced often or ever from what I've seen. This guy deserves all the bad press & publicity for what he did. He's an idiot, plain and simple. Whether he deserves to be fired is up to the Jets organization.

      December 31, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      My God, you are but a moron, Chief.

      December 31, 2010 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • boB

      Sooo Chief, you watched the replay with both eyes closed. How was this coach defending himself, when he was standing too close to the field of play and initiated the contact? So what if the player was out of bounds. Let the referees deal with it. No matter where the runner was, the unethical conduct is absolutely inappropriate. You might also want to re-read this article, so that you might modify your jaded perspective.

      January 1, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joe

    $100,000 fine for an organization that had $190 MILLION in revenue last year? What a joke....why do they even bother fining these guys? It's not even a slap on the wrist. It's a slap on the....er...small pinky toenail, or something.

    December 31, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • MannyHM

      This offense or 'crime' was committed by this individual, not by the team. The punishment should be on the individual, not the team. Why punish the Jets ? He should be caned, Singapore style.

      December 31, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. notatroll

    Rex Ryan wants a ******** snack! Also, can he,um, smell 'em?

    December 31, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Money Mike

    They wont fire him... hes ganna stay bc there going to the playoffs

    December 31, 2010 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
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