Florham Park, N.J.– Yesterday during the game against the Dolphins, the Jets Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Sal Alosi committed an egregious mistake that is simply inexcusable.
As the Dolphins Nolan Carroll was running down the sidelines to cover a punt, he ran out of bounds and directly into Alosi’s extended knee before tumbling to the ground in pain. The television cameras caught the shadiness immediately and were quick to keep hitting the rewind button to demonstrate just how bad it was.
The replays, played like a football Zapruder film with the way they kept replaying the same two and a half second clip over and over again. After watching it a few times, it instantly becomes painful to watch as you can’t help but be embarrassed by what just went down.
As wrong as what Alosi did during that play was, he deserves some credit for owning up to his actions immediately. Many people would have tried to come up with some lame excuse and denied he was trying to trip the player, many more would have refused to be held accountable in any way.
Alosi said he knew it was a mistake the second after he made it, who can’t relate to that? Everyone knows that feeling of realizing you just made a colossal mistake and there is nothing you can do to fix it.
After the game Alosi sought out Dolphins coach Tony Sparano and Carroll to personally apologize for his actions then made his apology rounds within the Jets organization.
Last night he released a statement you can read here, but today a teary-eyed Alosi took to the podium to address the media.
“Once again, I’d like to apologize to Nolan Carroll, coach Sprarano, Mr. Johnson, the entire New York Jets organization. It’s an honor and a privilege to work everyday and coach everyday in the National Football League.” Alosi said in his opening statement, “I come in contact with a lot of good people in our building everyday, players, staff, coaches and I let everybody down yesterday with my actions. My actions were inexcusable and irresponsible. I’m extremely thankful that my actions yesterday didn’t result in any significant injury for Nolan (Carroll) or any other player.”
After his statement they opened it up for questions from reporters and Alosi was very forthcoming answering every question he was asked, even if he didn’t have a logical way to explain his mistake.
The first question he was asked was simply, ‘why did you do it?’ After a couple of silent seconds a clearly choked up Alosi said, “I wasn’t thinking, if I could go back and do it again I sure as heck would take a step back. It’s just a situation where I wasn’t thinking.”
Then he was asked about what was going through his head before during and after he tripped Carroll and said, “That’s the problem. Nothing went through my head. I wasn’t thinking. Had I been thinking, I would have taken a step back instead of leaning forward.”
After being asked again why he tripped him, Alosi said, “You’re asking me to give you a logical explanation for an illogical act. I can’t explain it.”
He could however explain how he felt immediately after as he watched Carroll crash to the ground. “I felt terrible. My heart went into my chest and up into my throat.” Alosi said.
“It’s been terrible. It’s been horrible.” Alosi said of the past 18 hours, “What I’ve put my family through. What I put the organization through. I wouldn’t wish it upon anybody.”
Alosi went on to explain that he knows the magnitude of his mistake and is willing to accept whatever punishment he is dealt.
“Not yet, no.” Alosi said, “As I stated yesterday, whatever the disciplinary actions are, I am willing to accept them and move forward from there.”
Well later today that disciplinary action came down as GM Mike Tannenbaum issued a statement and fielded questions from the media as well.
“I’m going to start out by reiterating our apologies to Nolan Carroll and the whole Dolphins organization for what happened. We have a (release) that Bruce (Speight) is passing out.” Tannenbaum said, “Hopefully, we are going to learn from what happen yesterday and take full responsibility for it. We are really disappointed with Sal (Alosi) for what happened and we are going to hold him accountable for his actions.”
The release mentioned is the official release notice the Jets sent out about Alosi being suspended without pay for the remainder of the 2010 season, playoffs included and he has also been hit with a $25,000 fine.
Tannenbaum said he has been in contact with the league, more so they could give the league information as to what happened and not as much looking for any type of guidance from the league as to how to punish him.
“We felt it was appropriate for us to hold him (accountable) and to issue the discipline.” Tannenbaum said, “Rex (Ryan), Woody (Johnson) and I spoke multiple times today. We did speak to the league office more than once today as well. At the end of the day, this was our punishment and something we felt was appropriate.”
Of the conversation Alosi and Tannenbaum had, Tannenbaum said, “I think as you saw, Sal feels terrible for what he did and yet he took ownership, which I respect. It’s something we take very seriously here and we are extremely disappointed with what he did. There is no place for it in the game and he knows that. It’s our job to hold him accountable for that.”
As to how Alosi took the news, Tannenbaum said, “He accepted it. It was a pretty quick conversation. We told him why were doing it and what we were doing. He understood it, he accepted it, and effective today, he’s suspended.”
As bad as these last two weeks of football have been, this might be even more of an embarassment for the organization, but now the Jets have to put this and the last two poor excuses of football games behind them and hope to find a win or two and earn a playoff birth.
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