The New York Jets are appealing the National Football League’s $100,000 fine, imposed after an assistant coach tripped a Miami Dolphins player.
“It’s a typical course of action in these situations,” Jets spokesman Bruce Speight said yesterday in an e-mail message. “However, any discussion along those lines will remain between the team and the league.”
The Jets’ decision to appeal the fine came as the team prepared for its wild-card playoff game on Jan. 8 at Indianapolis. New York went 11-5 this season to earn a postseason spot.
When it levied the fine last week, the NFL said Jets strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi violated league rules by placing players in a wall along the sideline to impede opposing players. Alosi tripped Dolphins special teams player Nolan Carroll while he was trying to run past that wall on punt return coverage.
The fine also covered Jets special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff, who made statements accusing other teams of using similar tactics. League policies require clubs to report violations of competitive rules only to the league office.
Westhoff, in his first public comments since being fined, said yesterday that the incident was “very frustrating for me.”
“I don’t want anything to do with it,” Westhoff told reporters. “I’ve had enough to do with it already. It’s ridiculous. The thing makes me sick.”
The Jets suspended Alosi without pay for the rest of the season after the Dec. 12 incident at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets lost the game 10-6.