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Posted at 7:15 PM ET, 12/13/2010

Jets suspend Sal Alosi for rest of season, fine him $25,000

By Cindy Boren

Sal Alosi's knee meets an onrushing Nolan Carroll. (

The New York Jets have suspended strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi without pay for the rest of the season (including postseason) and have fined him $25,000.

Standing on the sideline during the Jets' game against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, Alosi, who apologized earlier today, tripped Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll as he ran up the sideline on a kickoff.

"We felt it was appropriate for us to hold him accountable," Jets General Manager Mike Tannenbaum said. " ... At the end of the day, this was our punishment."

Tannenbaum and the Jets discussed the matter with the NFL, which reportedly will take no action on the matter. Alosi said Monday in his apology that he "just wasn't thinking" on the play.

According to ESPN, the NFL will send a memo to teams about not having coaches lined up along the sideline, as Alosi and others were Sunday. The Jets have said they do not have a policy of lining up coaches.

By Cindy Boren  | December 13, 2010; 7:15 PM ET
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I was thinking 4-game suspension, so this seems reasonable to me.

Posted by: spunkydawg1 | December 13, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

UNREASONABLE?!?!? He could have permanently injured the man. Obviously something is very wrong with this coach and he needs time off to get some help. Absolutely ridiculous for a coach to behave in such a manner. He needs to be fired.

Posted by: rj5059 | December 13, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

toe beans

Posted by: CommentGuy1 | December 13, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

he stuck his toe beans out and tripped that man!

Posted by: CommentGuy1 | December 13, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

He "just wasn't thinking"...that's total BS. He obviously knew what he wanted to do, and that was to flagrantly trip that Miami player. I just it was a total cheap shot and showed a very low degree of character, and that player could have been seriously injured. Just saying "I'm sorry" doesn't suffice, and the Jets' punishment for what he did I think is very fitting.

Posted by: lwilliamson1 | December 13, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Look how all the Jets are lined up in perfect order on the sidelines. Fat Rex is a world class jackAzz. Would expect no less from him.

Posted by: loux24 | December 14, 2010 12:04 AM | Report abuse

The Jets should have fired him.

Posted by: observer31 | December 14, 2010 7:34 AM | Report abuse

So the Patriots film the Jets sideline (in a stadium with thousands of people watching and TV cameras everywhere) and they get a $1 million dollar fine and lose a first round draft pick. The Jets assault a player during the game and the coach is given a 4 game suspension. I'm also wondering why criminal charges wouldn't apply here. If this had been a fan striking a player he would be arrested. The coach had no more right to assault the player than any of us.

Posted by: justanotherguy | December 14, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Jesus. Assault? Seriously injure? What are you people smoking? I've never heard of someone being "seriously injured" from tripping. Get a grip people.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 14, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

There are probably thousands of people who would love to be a conditioning coach for an NFL team, and who would actually behave professionally if offered that opportunity. Apparently, Alosi wasn't one of those.

He said in an interview with another news organization that he's glad he didn't injure the player. I'm sure he is! He would have had to pay the rest of his life if the player had fallen the wrong way and suffered a career ending injury. Not everybody who gets tripped ends up injured, but some do. Thankfully, that didn't happen to this player, but it could have. Hence, the fine and suspension, although I believe he should have been fired. The Jets could then hire someone with a more professional and less juvenile mindset.

Posted by: CAmira5 | December 14, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

I'm with you Barno1. People need to unclench and lighten up. The man is wearing a helmet and full football gear. His job consists of running down the field at top speed and smashing himself into another guy running at top speed for the expressed purpose of knocking him to the ground. Could he have been hurt? Sure. That's pretty much an occupational hazard in the NFL every time you step on the field.

The Jets coach was undeniably wrong to do what he did. He admitted it and was severely punished. I guarentee you a $25K fine and loss of income/playoff bonus money is going to register with a strength and conditioning coach. He's not making any million plus dollars each year. Justice is being served, no matter how draconian your definition is. There is no need for the man to never work again because he made a boneheaded decision on the spur of the moment. If that were true, there would be few of us left in the workforce, my friends.

So the Jets have a meathead on their staff. There an idiots on every team in every sport, including the Redskins. It in no way reflects on their organization or their fans. We all love to propagate this myth that "our team" is the virtuous and ethical one and every other team is full of thugs and criminals. The truth is they are pretty much all the same, they just wear different colors.

And stop being wusses. If you can't handle the NFL, go watch ballet for God's sake.

Posted by: jeffgraham117 | December 14, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Much ado about nothing. The player was OUT of Bounds so there was no interference with the play in progress.

His apology to the player should have been enough. Perhaps a penalty of $1,000 or pay for a dinner for the opposing team.

Posted by: Hazmat77 | December 14, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

I do feel some sympathy for Alosi. Granted that he was standing a little to close to the line, I don't think anyone would expect Carroll to step that far out of bound. Maybe what he did was a defensive reaction. I would allow him some doubt but the fact that this was caught all on tape will just haunt the poor guy for the rest of career. This is why I think the fine and suspension is enough. There was a poll a few hours ago asking if the punishment was fair, and from the results people most have the same thoughts.

Posted by: ElsieW1n | December 14, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

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