In a bizarre turn of events during a game that clearly wasn’t going the Jets way, one of their assistants – Sal Alosi, stuck his foot out and blatantly tripped Miami’s Nolan Carroll on the sideline.
Alosi is the teams strength and conditioning coach. Following the game, he was ushered out of the building by a staff member, ignoring interview requests and protected by two security members at an exit.
It was not till after the Jets confirmed he was the guilty tripper and the NFL announced it was reviewing the play that the coach admitted what he did.
“I made a mistake that showed a total lapse in judgment,” Alosi said in a statement. “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.”
“The team is reviewing the situation and is looking into the appropriate next steps,” according to Jets media chief Bruce Speicht.
The play took place during the third quarter of the game. With Carroll racing down the sideline, Alosi, on the sidelines wearing Jets raingear and white tennis shoes, stuck his left knee out and tripped Carroll as the cornerback ran out of bounds on punt coverage.
Carroll fell and had to be attended to by medical staff on the Jets sideline, before eventually returning. Alosi, who was wearing a green hat at the time, conspicuously switched to a black hat in the middle of the game.
“I remember I split the double team, and then after that I couldn’t tell you what happened,” Carroll said.
Members of the Dolphins coaching staff watching the game from the press box saw what went down. CBS cameras zoomed in on the hit and replayed it several times.
“I know my guys were screaming up in the booth,” Dolphins coach Tony Sparano said. “Obviously I’m going to send it in (to the NFL office for review). I don’t know what else can be done, but there was a player down on the sideline … and that bothers me.”