Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Jets claim Sal Alosi ordered the wall
By Tim Graham
The New York Jets have expanded their sanctions on strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi after learning more information about the infamous incident that led to Miami Dolphins gunner Nolan Carroll getting tripped in Sunday's game.
The Jets announced their internal investigation found the Alosi Wall was ordered by him.
Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum said Alosi's suspension has been extended indefinitely. The Jets previously suspended Alosi without pay for the remainder of the season, including the playoffs, and fined him $25,000.
"Over the last day as we continued our investigation we discovered some new information," Tannenbaum said. "The players at the Miami game were instructed by Sal to stand where they were forcing the gunner in the game to run around them. Based on that new information we've suspended Sal indefinitely, pending further review."
Tannenbaum claimed Alosi instructed five inactive Jets players to stand next to him along the sideline to prevent Carroll from using the area to cover a punt. Tannenbaum stressed Alosi acted alone without knowledge or consent of head coach Rex Ryan or special-teams coordinator Mike Westhoff.
The Jets' announcement will further sully Alosi's reputation and make it difficult for him to remain employed by the NFL.
A background check on Alosi turned up a 1999 arrest for third-degree assault while he was a linebacker at Hofstra.
Alosi and seven other Hofstra students, including two football teammates, were arrested in March 1999 for storming into a dorm room and assaulting three students.
A Newsday report at the time attributed information to Nassau County Police that Alosi had confessed to participating. Alosi pleaded down to a harassment violation in August 1999.