NEW YORK (AP) — Miami Dolphins rookie cornerback Nolan Carroll has found it difficult to escape TV replays of the tripping episode involving him and the New York Jets.
Carroll said Wednesday he has seen replays more times than he can count.
“The past couple of days it has been continuous, every channel I turn to,” he said, shaking his head. “I’m just trying to watch TV. I can’t get away from it.”
The Jets suspended assistant coach Sal Alosi indefinitely Wednesday after they discovered he ordered five inactive players to form a wall along the sideline for a punt return, during which he tripped Carroll.
The NFL is also looking into the incident, and the Jets haven’t ruled out the possibility that Alosi will be fired.
“It’s their problem,” Carroll said. “It’s not my problem. I’ve moved on from it. What they do in New York, they’ve got to deal with that.”
The tripping caused a muscle spasm in Carroll’s right leg, which he broke last year, but he later returned to the game.
The Dolphins reserve said he has received a lot of text messages and phone calls, and the incident made him a bit of a celebrity.
“Yeah, in a weird way,” he said. “A lot of people say, ‘I saw what happened. Are you OK?’ I tell everybody I’m fine.”
Shortly after the game, Alosi apologized by phone to Carroll and Dolphins coach Tony Sparano.
“I’m glad he called me,” Carroll said. “He admitted it to me, like a man. He was sorry.”
When the contact occurred, Carroll didn’t know what had happened. His reaction when he first saw a replay?
“I didn’t know it was that blatant,” he said. “At first I thought it was me — that I had run into somebody on the sideline.”
Mindful of the endless replays, Carroll said the episode offers a lesson regarding cameras.
“They’re everywhere,” he said. “You can’t get away with anything.”
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