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Jets Suspend, Fine Assistant Coach $25,000 for Trip

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Dec. 13 (Bloomberg) -- The New York Jets suspended assistant coach Sal Alosi without pay for the rest of the season and fined him $25,000 for tripping a Miami Dolphins player during yesterday’s game.

“There’s no place in the game for this type of behavior,” General Manager Mike Tannenbaum said in a statement. “His conduct falls disappointingly short of our expectations for anyone associated with the New York Jets.”

Strength and conditioning coach Alosi, 33, will have no access to the Jets’ practice facility or interaction with coaches or players during his suspension, which begins immediately. Alosi said in the e-mailed statement that he accepts the sanction, which was imposed after the team consulted with the National Football League.

Alosi tripped Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll as the rookie ran along the sideline while covering a punt during the third quarter of the Jets’ 10-6 loss at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Television replays appeared to show Alosi’s knee making contact with Carroll, who tumbled to the turf and remained down for several minutes.

“I wasn’t thinking,” Alosi, who joined the Jets as an intern in 2002, said today at the team’s practice facility in Florham Park, New Jersey. “If I could go back and do it again, I’d sure as heck take a step back.”

Alosi said he apologized to Carroll and Dolphins coach Tony Sparano after the game, as well as Jets coach Rex Ryan, Tannenbaum and team owner Woody Johnson.

‘No Place for It’

“There’s no place for it in football,” Ryan said today. “He made a mistake and he admitted it.”

Tannenbaum said he reminded all members of the organization with sideline access that it’s “both a priority and their responsibility” to maintain a safe environment.

A former linebacker at Hofstra University on New York’s Long Island, Alosi spent his first four seasons with the Jets before directing the Atlanta Falcons’ strength and conditioning program in 2006. He rejoined the Jets in his current role the following season.

Carroll, who had a first-quarter interception that set up a field goal, returned to the game and said he wasn’t angry about the incident. He’s the son of Florida Lieutenant Governor-elect Jennifer Carroll.

Team Culture

Dolphins linebacker Karlos Dansby blamed Ryan for creating a culture at the Jets that encourages bad behavior.

“The head coach, he opened a can of worms over there, and now he has to fix it,” Dansby told reporters after the game.

The Jets said earlier this season that they would pay for a league-wide training program on proper workplace behavior after the NFL said players and coaches exhibited “unprofessional conduct” toward a female television reporter at practice.

Tony Dungy, the former Indianapolis Colts coach, also criticized Ryan for his use of profanity in the HBO television series “Hard Knocks.”

After receiver Braylon Edwards was charged in September with driving while intoxicated, Ryan said he told players he was tired of dealing with off-field embarrassments. The Jets’ loss yesterday was their second straight after a 9-2 start. They’ve failed to score a touchdown in the past two games.

To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski in New York at matuszewski@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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