Strength Coach Comes Clean On 'Trip' Seen Around The NFL

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP/ CBS 2/ 1010 WINS) — The New York Jets trainer who tripped a Miami Dolphins player on the sideline during a game Sunday appeared to hold back tears as he apologized for his actions.

“I let everybody down yesterday with my actions,” Alosi said. “My actions were inexcusable and irresponsible.”

On Monday night Sal Alosi was suspended without pay for the rest of the season, including the playoffs, and fined an additional $25,000.

He will begin serving his suspension immediately and have no access to the team’s practice facility. General manager Mike Tannenbaum said Alosi will also not be allowed to interact with any players or coaches “as it pertains to his job function.”

“It’s on me,” a contrite Alosi said.


The league reviewed the incident in which Alosi stuck his left knee out and tripped Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll, who was covering a punt in the third quarter of Miami’s 10-6 win.

“I wasn’t thinking,” Alosi said. “If I could go back and do it again, I sure as heck would take a step back. It was just a situation where I wasn’t thinking.”

Carroll, a rookie, fell to the turf and lay there for several minutes grabbing one of his legs before walking off. He returned in the fourth quarter. Carroll twice broke his right leg while playing: once ending his senior season in high school and again in his senior season at Maryland.

“I’m extremely thankful that my actions yesterday didn’t result in any significant injury to Nolan or any other players,” Alosi said.

He added that he apologized by phone to both Carroll and Dolphins coach Tony Sparano, and spoke to Jets owner Woody Johnson, coach Rex Ryan and general manager Mike Tannenbaum about the situation.

It’s the latest embarrassing incident for the team that starred on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” during the summer.

The Jets were investigated by the NFL in September for their treatment of a female television reporter. The league responded to the situation involving Ines Sainz of TV Azteca by developing a workplace conduct program, underwritten by Johnson, to educate players and staffs of all 32 teams.

A few weeks later, wide receiver Braylon Edwards was arrested for drunken driving.

Star cornerback Darrelle Revis was ticketed for speeding while driving to the team’s facility for a meeting before a practice in October.

At a news conference in Miami, Sparano said Alosi sounded humbled and sorry when they spoke Sunday night.

“I’m not going to get into it a whole lot here fellas, but to be honest with you, it’s out of my hands,” Sparano said. “It’s in a million other people’s hands right now, but not in mine. … I don’t like what happened because a player could’ve gotten hurt, seriously hurt, but that’s where it is.”

Dolphins linebacker Karlos Dansby took a swipe at Ryan after the game when he heard about the incident.

“He’s just taking after the head coach, man. It all trickles downhill,” Dansby said. “That’s how I look at it, it trickles downhill. The head coach, he opened a can of worms over there and now he’s got to fix it.”

Carroll, who had an interception in the first quarter to set up a field goal, said after the game that he was not angry about the incident.

“We got a ‘W.’ That’s not my problem,” Carroll said. “That’s the Jets’ problem. We just move on. I felt contact, but I’ve got to watch film. I can’t comment on it right now.”

Alosi was with the Jets from 2001-2005, then worked for the Falcons for one season before returned to New York in 2007 as the head trainer.

Alosi was a linebacker for Hofstra from 1996-2000, and even earned an award for sportsmanship and fair play both on and off the field during his college career.

“You’re asking me to give you a logical explanation to an illogical act,” he said. “I can’t do that. I can’t explain that.”

1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg talks with Jets fans

Throughout the tri-state area on Monday, football fans were left wondering what Alosi was thinking about.

“Oh that ain’t right. Come on now. You can’t do that. You can’t do that,” Astoria resident Maria Stone told CBS 2’s Scott Rapoport.

So what about it? What about fair play. What about sportsmanship and setting a good example? We know sometimes players go off the rails, but coaches?

“For a coach to do something like that tells me he’s a little over invested … to the point of being immature,” psychologist Dr. Jeffrey Gardere said.

You have to go back more than 30 years ago when legendary Ohio State coach Woody Hayes threw a haymaker at an opposing player to top something like this.

Over at Lodi High School in New Jersey, students, athletes and academics alike were taken aback when they saw the trip the day after.

“If he can’t follow the rules and regulations and moral code set by the organization he works for, he should have no business working there,” said Jacob Rosen, a junior at Lodi High School.

“It’s wrong because coaches are supposed to be setting examples for their players. And if they’re doing something like that everyone else that’s looking up to them are gonna think there’s no point to it. They’re supposed to be role models,” varsity soccer player Harsharan Kaur added.

Sports needs more stand up guys, not fall guys.

Statement from New York Jets

December 13, 2010 — The New York Jets today suspended without pay Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Sal Alosi for the remainder of the 2010 season, including any playoff games, and fined him an additional $25,000 for his conduct during Sunday’s game versus the Miami Dolphins. The announcement was made by Jets General Manager Mike Tannenbaum.
Alosi’s suspension begins immediately. During this period, he will have no access to the team’s practice facility nor any interaction with coaches or players as it pertains to his job function. He will be eligible to return to the facility on the day following the team’s final game of the 2010 season.

“After reviewing the facts and consulting with the league office, we determined that this was the most appropriate discipline,” said Jets General Manager Mike Tannenbaum. “I have spoken with Sal. He understands the severity of his actions and has apologized to all parties involved in the incident. There is no place in the game for this type of behavior and his conduct falls disappointingly short of our expectations for anyone associated with the New York Jets. I have also reminded all members of the organization with sideline access that it is both a priority and their responsibility to maintain a safe environment.”

Alosi said: “I accept responsibility for my actions and respect the team’s decision.”

Statement from New York Jets Head Strength & Conditioning Coach Sal Alosi

“I made a mistake that showed a total lapse in judgment. My conduct was inexcusable and unsportsmanlike and does not reflect what this organization stands for. I spoke to Coach Sparano and Nolan Carroll to apologize before they took off. I have also apologized to Woody, Mike and Rex. I accept responsibility for my actions as well as any punishment that follows.”

Comments (312)
  1. JeffT says:

    Lighten up, guys, it’s not like he killed a dog or anything, right Micheal?

  2. EM says:

    It really looked to me like he was moving his upper body back to avoid a collision with the player, and his lower body/knee just went forward as a result. But since he admitted tripping him, I guess I’m wrong. But quite honestly, the movement could just as easily been explained as a quick reaction to get his upper body out of the way of this 220+ pound guy running towards him.

    1. Miss La says:

      It’s George Bush’s fault.

      1. Cardiac01 says:

        Hey! That was my line! 🙂

    2. Kinesthetics in motion says:

      Nice observation or upper torso kineisology – I like it

  3. syhorton says:

    Sal the Guido is gone. They will announce it tonight on MNF.

    1. Miss La says:

      Maybe the housewives of NY will hire him as a personal trainer.

    2. A little Italian says:

      Do you have a little Italian in you? Would you like too? It can be arranged – meet me in the rear of the Applebees on Friday at 8:00 pm.
      Syhorton – hmm – bring a friend

      1. syhorton says:

        Rear of the Applebees? Your all class. LOL!
        Meet me at the rear of Morton’s.

  4. Miss La says:

    And to think this guy is allowed to be part of the NFL when Rush Limbaugh was banned from being a partial owner. Idiot New York liberals!

    1. Rush Lover says:

      Don’t hate on Rush – you got banned from Golds for not fitting in the door. When it came to the scale it said no group discounts.
      Free Wesley

      1. Miss La says:


  5. Daniel Hayes says:

    If I was the owner of the Jets, this guy would have been fired and escorted from the stadium in less than 2 minutes.

    I don’t get why people who do stupid things don’t get fired more often. Especially in government, but that’s a different story.

  6. na says:

    Fine and fire him asap.

  7. ariesmi says:

    this is an example of the behavior that represents and is reflective of New Yorkers…yuk!

    1. njsucks says:

      I disagree. After all, there really is only one true NY team: the Buffalo Bills. These guys play in New Jersey! Of course, this DOES represent and is reflective of New Jersey trash!

  8. Jim says:

    Wow…if someone ever said something like that about a black person or a spanish person or a muslim…there would be a 3rd world war.

  9. James Printy says:

    Joe, you sir are the racist!

  10. steve atkinson says:

    typical behavior from a sad sack organization!

    1. Steve Oh says:

      I had a sad sack over in Atlantic City – October surf – whew – grapes into raisins – I tell ya – furget about it

  11. NYer says:

    I’m a NYer, but few things please me more than seeing arrogant teams with arrogant coaches get their comeuppance. They’ve been talking superbowl from day 1, when they belong in the toiletbowl. What goes around, comes around, and Rex & co deserve all the criticism, and then some! It’s why I root for this team to lose every week.

  12. VotersOfNY says:

    Stupidity must have consequences. Fire this moron and let him sit home and think about what a dope he is for throwing away his career.

    We know this guy is a cheater to do something like this and there’s no room for cheaters in sports.

    And there’s no room for someone that stupid not to realize there are a BILLION cameras on the field watching everything. Dope!

  13. John Smyth says:

    Gee the next thing will be a replay of the opening scene of “The Last Boy Scout”.

    Desperate people do bad things.

    1. Great flick says:

      I love that movie especially a black dude riding a horse.
      Bucky Goldstein – the only guy to be lucky when steve wright asked the blond nympho who se’d hit it off with (Jewish Cowboys)

  14. johnny says:

    Typical Jets, Typical New york

  15. VernDenHerder says:

    Typical Jets v Dolphins. Marty Lyons was the same type of cheap shotting d-bag. Runs in the organization.

  16. noseitall says:

    First, Mr. Alosi should be terminated and banned from the NFL. Secondly, he should be prosecuted by law enforcement for assault. This was not part of the game, since Mr. Alosi was not a player. He was an observer who assaulted a player. Prosecute, and send a message that being on a sports field does not exempt one from the legal system.

  17. TVI says:

    Should be fined 750,000 and a draft pick…

  18. Steve says:

    Fire him? Ever hear of Michael Vick? The NFL presents us with convicted fleons for our entertainment, and now they claim to be outraged at tripping. How funny.

    1. vern says:

      If I’m not mistaken, Atlanta “fired” Michael Vick.

      1. inspectorudy says:

        Now we all know what the “F” in NFL stands for FELON!!!!!!

    2. Flea dip says:

      My dog had a flea on and we got him dipped. Maybe Michael Vick can get dipped but it would not be healthy for him.
      Dog lover


    T-R-I-P!!! TRIP, TRIP, TRIP!! 😉

  20. Flannigan says:

    Why was that dolphin swiming so far on the edge of the pool? He was WAAAY out of bounds and off the playing field!

    1. cqmam says:

      “Why was that dolphin swiming (sic) so far on the edge of the pool? He was WAAAY out of bounds and off the playing field!”

      And your point is is what Flannigan?

      1. Go fish says:

        Dolphins like fish cqmam and if you like fish then I need to see your wife on Saturday night. So get on board and keep your facts straight. Your neighbor –

      2. cqmam says:

        “Go fish

        Dolphins like fish cqmam and if you like fish then I need to see your wife on Saturday night. So get on board and keep your facts straight. Your neighbor –
        December 13, 2010 at 2:12 pm”

        No facts were given to keep straight Fish, hence the question.

      3. Fishy says:

        cqmam – I still need to see your wife on Saturday – keep up

    2. Robert says:

      Because he is a wide-out on the punt coverage team. They get forced out of bounds on just about every punt. Have you ever watched football before or did you stumble upon this story and thought you’d add your worthless 2 cents?

      1. Punt coverage for all says:

        I have to use wide out where I work. If i type nmistakes. But does a wide out start as a tight end? Can they always go out of bounds. Hmmm if you buy xxl panties does that give you p(c)unt coverage? I’ll have to ask my partners buddies after they shower in the big boys lcoker room.
        Jeff Dunham

      2. Steve Jobs says:

        I have to use wide out where I work. If i type nmistakse. But does a wide out start as a tight end? Can they always go out of bounds. Hmmm if you buy xxl panties does that give you p(c)unt coverage? I’ll have to ask my partners buddies after they shower in the big boys locker room.
        Jeff Dunham

  21. Aaron Kearns says:

    What he did was wrong, but firing him is kind of over the top. Fine him and move on to something else. I mean that has to be one of the craziest reasons to fire somebody, but I also have to look and see what team this occurred on…the NY Jets!

    1. vern says:

      You don’t remember a guy by the name of Woody Hayes, do you? It’s not over the top, he deserves to be fired.

    2. cqmam says:

      What if the injury had been career ending? Would it be OK to fire Alosi? If this putz had tripped someone on the street, he would be charged with assault.

      Would you be OK with the tripping if Carroll were your son?

      Alosi is indicative of the way we handle transgressions in our culture. Do it and apologize after the fact. In doing so make sure you take “responsibility” for your actions not to assume the consequences but to push them away.

  22. Jake says:

    What do you expect of the Jersey Jets? Sleaze.

  23. James says:

    Fire the Jerk – He loss control of his actions and does not deserve to be on a sideline or receive a salary for any team.

  24. Vernon Dozier says:

    It didn’t look to me like he intentionally tripped the player. It looked more like he was cutting a fart, while the player happened to be running by.

  25. NY_parasite says:

    Nobody in New York (NJ) ever works for a living. They’re all parasites.

  26. Rex ryan says:

    Wow how quickly jets fans turn. What a bunch of whinning babies.

  27. Joshua Lawrence Dawson says:

    This guy should be terminated immediately. He could have ended this guys entire career or worse, you never know. Think of all the kids that are going to see this? What kind of example does this set for them? Terrible……

  28. mike says:

    Fired?!! Come on. It was chilish and lacked better judgement. Fine him and move on. Andre Johnson throws haymakers and just gets a fine. I guess it comes down to how many jerseys you sell.

  29. Harold Jones says:

    Termination? Are you crazy………….

    He deserves a promotion. Fire Ryan. Sal Alosi should be the next coach

    We want Alosi
    We want Alosi
    We want Alosi
    We want Alosi

    1. LAPatsFan says:

      Fire this grunt. Typical Jets – tank end of season and desperation sets in. They are DONE! ROTFLMAO!!!!

      Patriots dominate. Kiss the ring.

    2. tttteeeaaajjjj says:

      and here you have a true JETS fan right here boys and girls.

  30. Mark Matis says:

    It IS interesting to note that the tripped player was running down the sideline WELL OUT OF BOUNDS. That should not affect any punishment for the coach’s action, but the refs would be well advised to watch Mr. Carroll for this in the future. While I understand that he is allowed to do this, I believe the rules state that he cannot recover the ball if he does so?

    1. Jean says:

      You don’t get it Mark. Whether or not he is out of play, no one should have done what he did. He should be fired! It shows he lack character!!!!

      1. jennifer says:

        Double irrelavent as players get pushed out of bounds all the time on kick and punt coverage and get to run back inbounds. Any football fan knows this because there are penaltys if you contribute on the play coming in from out of bounds if you weren’t forced, but no oenalty if you were forced. Non issue on this subject and just a very very lame attempt to blame the player.

    2. Ken Betts says:

      Irrelevant, as is the coach’s statement that he was caught up in the heat of the moment. I am sure most of us at one time or another have been so emotionally charged up over a situation that we wanted to “kill someone or somebody”. Coupling conduct to emotion results in consequences. But for the grace of God this action could have ended the player’s career. If a fan did this he’d already be in jail. This coach should be fired before the end of the day.

  31. Go Dawgs! says:

    This is something you would expect from UGA (have there been over 20 arrests of Jets players this season?)… The coach should have also given the player a choke symbol while the player was on the ground.

  32. jnsesq says:

    PS: We can laugh at this only because the player did not suffer a career ending injury. Do those clowns ever think about consequences before doing something stupid? Or is this still the result of their thoughtfulness?

  33. Mike the Cookie Man says:

    Discipline the guy, sure, but termination?? Really?? Did it affect the outcome of the game, no. Definitely a lapse in judgement, but it could have been much worse. Cheating?? No, way. That sort of thing is for college ball.

    1. Nick says:

      Termination is a form of Discipline.

      1. Southern born says:

        No point in discipline after termination. Duhhhhh thats like flogging a dead horse. Wow does anyone in New York have a logic left – I know it”s cold there but get some coffe and clear your mind before you post.
        Good call

    2. Adam Smith says:

      I have not seen this happen in 50 years watching Pro ball. This is not just outside the rules, this is so far outside the rules it is in another county. The player should be terminated and barred from life from Pro Football. A message has to be sent so that the next miscreant in the next dysfunctional organization understands that cheating by tampering with the play while a non-player and worse in a manner that puts the safety of a defenseless player at risk is absolutely the end of their career. SImilarly the organization that created a culture that allowed such a player to do this should be punished in a way they will remember – loss of high round draft picks or worse.

  34. jnsesq says:

    Remember a few years back when the NY Post or Daily News (forgot which) kept whining about the New England Patriots with their “caught cheating” asterisk in the standings? Well? LOL

  35. The Truth says:

    Just fire the Jersey Shore wanna be. What are the Jets waiting for? Typical Guido from LI.

  36. YES WE CON! YES WE CON! says:


    And Al Gore is a LIAR!!

  37. Matt says:

    I for one am shocked that this is an italian from long island. Shocked.

  38. The Good Samaritan says:

    Also Mr. Carroll had no buisness running down the Jets sideline.
    The Good Samaritan has spoken.

    1. Dolfan says:

      He’s A Cheating No Good Waste Of Space Along The Jets Sideline! He Should be Fired Along With “The Good(bad) Samaritan”!

    2. Rico Suave says:

      Stupid comment on your part

    3. Piggly Winks says:

      If you noticed from other shots, he was pushed out of bounds on a kickoff return. It happens quite frequently if you ever watch a game. The coaches are not allowed to be within a certain area, thus the giant white section on the sideline. Carroll was within the line after beeing pushed and was running back trying to get inbounds at an angle. You failed sir, and are more like a Pharisee, than a good samaritan.

      1. Floater says:

        I fail to see the Pharisee connection, all memebrs of the Dead Sea community like to float and read the newspaper or smoke a camel and we include folks from Samaria too if they show up before noon on Saturday.
        Go Dead Sea pedestrians

    4. cqmam says:

      Yeah I see your point Samaritan, running out of bounds is totally uncalled for. What nerve! I still say fire Alosi. A real man would have knee-capped Carroll with a lead pipe.

      1. Nancy Harding says:

        Tanya Harding did it best – she’s real cool with the whole knee cap action.

  39. The Good Samaritan says:

    Hey JFRA maybe Mr. Carroll made some remarks to Mr. Alosi.
    Chris you cant charge him with assault if he was provoked.

    It seems eveyone here has a problem with Mr. Alosi because he is Italian.

    The Good Samaritan has spoken.

    1. cqmam says:

      “Hey JFRA maybe Mr. Carroll made some remarks to Mr. Alosi.”

      Do you have any proof to support that remark?

      “It seems eveyone (sic) here has a problem with Mr. Alosi because he is Italian.”

      There are a number of posters and only a few made comments about Alosi’s ethnic background.

      “The Good Samaritan has spoken.”

      What’s up with the talking in the third person?

      1. I see the Samaritan says:

        He always talks in the third person. Actually he’s a little off after lunch. A sit in a cubicle nearby and the Samaritan looks like he had some charity from Jose Cuervo.

        Usually he hums to himself – 99 bottles of beer on the wall for 10 minutes

    2. Robert says:

      Umm, yes you can. I can sit here and call you names all day, but if you so much as touch me I’ll see you arrested and probably sue your butt. Physical repurcussion to a verbal comment is not acceptable.

  40. DOC says:

    lol what a discrace….can you imagine if someone from the big bad new england patriots had come out and done that….the media would have gone wild….but no its just another show in the 3 ring circus that is the J E T S jetrs jets jets

  41. JFRA says:


  42. g says:

    typical move for an ex-massapequa football player. Were they not the team that like to rape the lower classman during training camp? humph a product of his past.
    And why is an ASSistant strength and training coach allowed on the field? stay in the locker room and if someone is injured then the trainer will go to the field to the player.

    1. g man of action says:

      Me like to get trainer on field then me go humph humph like humpty dumpty – massapequa ain’t got nothing on patchogue or ronkokoma

  43. jdog1385 says:

    why is this even a story.

    1. rico Suave says:

      why is the world round? Another idiot.

  44. Harry P says:

    Goodell should call Woody and give him three minutes to fire this a-hole.

    1. The Good Samaritan says:

      Let the league iinvestigate the Dolphins player. Maye he hurled ethnic slurs at Mr. Alosi.

      The Good Samaritan has spoken.

      1. rico Suave says:

        read the friggin story, moron. He admitted guilt…

  45. Mike says:

    And they have the nerve to call the Patriots cheaters! Derek Jeter, Sal Alosi-typical dirty players/employees.

    1. NY-GMEN says:

      Derek Jeter? What the yell are you talking about? The play that he wasn’t hit by the pitch? One game where nobody got hurt? The play where nothing happened except that he took first base? How is that at all relevant to this play where the guy STUCK OUT HIS LEG and tripped an opponent running down the sidelines at full speed? Shut up Mike.

      As a Pats fan… you’re team just videotapes everyone so you can be ready to beat them by knowing their plays ahead of time. Way to go.

      1. Yup says:

        Videotaping is not illegal by NFL rules.

        The location of the videotaping was –

        Just a little info so you can avoid looking so clueless in the future.

      2. DJ says:

        Videotaping is not illegal by NFL rules.

        The location of the videotaping was –

        WHAT? Like taking vodka from a liquor store is not illegal. Just not paying for it is. What an idiot…

  46. Reality says:

    If Caroll can’t get back on the filed by avoiding a Jets staff member that is not even wearing equipment, he should probably stay on the sidelines and fill-up the Gatorade buckets for the players that are actually out there trying and not crying.

    1. Robert says:

      Idiotic comment. Obvious Jet fan. My condolences.

    2. Adam Smith says:


  47. Dino says:

    I also would like to apologize for my “same old Jets” team. It was worse than a cheap shot. A dolphin player should have punched that jerk in the mouth.

  48. John V says:

    I’m sure the jets wont say anything so I will….

    I would like to apologize to the Miami dolphins and Nolan Caroll for the cheap school yard shot taken by one of our team staff members.

    This employee showed no class, sportsmanship and above all HONOR in what he did….

    Fire Him

  49. chris says:

    This unidentified guy better be fired and he should be charged with assault!

    1. Pat says:

      he is identified.. what you talkin bout willis?

      1. b-rad says:

        lo, funny Pat. I like Rico Sauva’s comments as well.

  50. jj says:

    As expected from the Jets

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