The Legend of ‘Trip-Gate’ Grows
Florham Park, N.J.- One of the oddest conspiracies in recent memory has managed to take yet another twist as new information has come to the Jets attention about just how exactly the green wall of personnel was formed along the sidelines.
Today Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum held an impromptu phone conference to announce that strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi has now been suspended indefinitely due to new information that he was the one who ordered the wall to built.
“Over the last day, as we continued our investigation we discovered some new information and the players at the Miami game were instructed by Sal to stand where they were to force the ‘gunner’ to run around him. Based on that new information we’ve suspended Sal indefinitely pending further review.” Tannebaum said.
“Once we got this new information, we actually met with the commissioner and Ray Anderson (NFL executive of football operations) this morning, they support this initial decision that we presented to them.” Tannenbaum said, “The league is going to look into this, as well as they should, and once we get all of the information we’ll make a finally determination, but based on this information Sal has been suspended indefinitely.”
According to Tannenbaum the new information came to them when they talked to the players who were involved in the forming of the wall.
“Just to take you through what happened once we got through the day on Monday, going into Monday night, looking at those players it looked to me that, it was unusual for them to be standing that way and then on Tuesday we talked to the players involved and we were told that they were asked to stand there by Sal.” Tannenbaum said, “They were instructed by Sal throughout the game, but specifically when Miami was punting they were asked to stand there by him.”
As for if the Jets looked into see if anyone else gave Alosi the instructions instead of him being the lone ‘tripper’ in the situation, Tannenbaum said, “We have and based on the new information we’ve gathered, no one did that.”
Over the last couple of days many people have talked about how when looking at the tapes, this wasn’t the first game in which the Jets used this strategy, something that Tannenbaum wouldn’t confirm saying, “We are still looking at some of that, but it’s clear that it happened in the Miami game.”
But, according to Jeff Cumberland, one of the blocks in the wall, there’s no need to keep looking into it because he came right out and admitted this is something they have been instructed to do all season.
Cumberland said, “I mean basically at the beginning of the year we (were told) to just stand behind the line and then when we’re up for a punt return, everybody come up.”
Cumberland was then asked if specific instructions were given out Sunday and said, ”No this is what we’ve been doing since the beginning of the year.”
Matt Mulligan was much less forthcoming saying, “Well, I’ll give you guys a quick synopsis right now, I’m not going to say nothing. So you guys can ask as many questions as you want, but I don’t have nothing to say. Sal’s my friend and that’s just what it is.”
Alosi was initially suspended for the rest of the 2010 season, but now further punishment is being dealt since the Jets are saying Alosi wasn’t completely honest on Monday because he didn’t tell them of his original instructions to build the wall.
“That’s correct, obviously there was new information that came to light and that’s a big concern from us and that’s why we felt taking this step today was necessary and appropriate because we didn’t have all the information when we initially reviewed the situation.” Tannebaum said.
This will not be the last we hear of this insanely bizarre conspiracy, but what Alosi told the players to do is not illegal or against the rules, obviously Alosi tripping Carroll on purpose is against the rules, but the forming of a wall isn’t against the rules as long as the players stand behind the white line.
So for now, Alosi has been suspended indefinitely and he is the only one facing discipline, but when Woody Johnson and Tannenbaum return from the owner’s meeting in Dallas they will sit down with Rex Ryan and discuss Alosi’s future with the team.
When asked if it’s possible Alosi could ultimately be fired from this Tannenbaum said, “Yeah, all options are certainly on the table.”