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. john southside

    coach Alosi tripped the player all right, but the blame should land entirely on the owners. WIN< WIN< WIN, at all costs.
    What a sad day for profession sports. What are we teaching our children...

    December 31, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. patc

    I quit watching pro football decades ago. The players make too much money, are wife and girlfriend beaters and have very little or no class. Athletes were once looked up to. The golden age of football is gone, and we must all admit it

    December 31, 2010 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      Hope you're not a baseball fan, patc.

      December 31, 2010 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. opinionguru

    This was a deliberate attempt to injure/harm/interfere with an opposing player ON THE FIELD DURING A GAME. Ban the offender from the game for life. If the team doesn't comply immediately with all rules and/or penalties, then ....remember SMU? .... DEATH PENALTY for a season; NO GAMES ! Restore some credibility to the NFL ....at restore the appearance that it's not only about money.

    December 31, 2010 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. timmy

    Your all.gay» for blogging

    January 1, 2011 at 5:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Reno

      OOOOppppssss, Timmy...you "blogged" too! This means you are _ _ _ too! BTW this is not blogging, this is commenting on a particular subject. STFU.

      January 1, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. patricia

    No class but remember the patriots snow blower incident against the dolphins! More tricks!

    January 1, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  6. kjr

    Should he of done it!? No... But chastised to this degree. I don't think so.When I was playing football we use to play on the field. I guess a lot has changed.

    January 1, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  7. pw

    He should be fired immediately!!!

    January 1, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  8. pw

    He should be fired immediately!!! What does civil rights has to do with the nfl?

    January 1, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  9. 007UFCDecoded

    In the UFC you are allowed to trip. Maybe this guy thought he was in the octogon and got confused for a minute or two. Crazier stuff has happened.

    January 1, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • NFLHISTORIAN

      UFC? Who are you and what planet did you come from? The NFL field is not in the shape of an octogon. It is a square.

      January 1, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • historian???

      Uhm, I'd say it's more of a rectangle......

      January 1, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. alby250

    hey chief7777777--tripping a player as a coach is bullsh**....this cheater should be banned for life as a coach..having every right to stand there is one thing..but doing what he did is pathetic-get a life you cheater !!!!!

    January 1, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. EdNv

    When you watch the video the morons have a banner across the bottom of the screen that blocks a clear view the 'trip.'
    It seems that the idiocy of sports extends to even the producers and editors.

    January 1, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Johnny

    Matt, I agree 100% that he should be suspended by the NFL. As for all you other people that say he made a mistake; it wasn't, it was a premeditated act and done deliberately. Why do you people sympathize with a dirtbag like him and say it was a 'mistake'? He should be gone!

    January 1, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Johnny

    Hey Chief, is it also an intentional ploy to trip other people deiiberately.

    January 1, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. John

    What if this stupid stunt resulted in a career ending injury for this player. This guy should have been fired on the spot after reviewing the film, as well, he should not be allowed to coach at any level.

    January 1, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. tcaros

    He looks like he acted: a complete jerk.

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