*The New York Jets assistant coach who tripped a Miami Dolphins player during a game was suspended by the team Monday night without pay for the rest of the season, including the playoffs, and fined an additional $25,000.
Sal Alosi, the strength and conditioning coach, began serving his suspension immediately and will have no access to the team’s practice facility.
“I accept responsibility for my actions and respect the team’s decision,” Alosi said in a statement.
General manager Mike Tannenbaum said Alosi will also not be allowed to interact with any players or coaches “as it pertains to his job function.” He added that the team spoke with the NFL about the incident throughout the day, and the league will issue no further discipline.
“Hopefully we’re going to learn from what happened yesterday and take full responsibility for it,” Tannenbaum said. “We’re really disappointed with Sal, with what happened, and we’re going to hold him accountable for his actions.”
Alosi stuck out his left knee on the sideline and tripped Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll, who was covering a punt in the third quarter of Miami’s 10-6 win Sunday. [Scroll down to watch.]
“I let everybody down yesterday with my actions,” said Alosi, fighting back tears during a news conference earlier Monday. “My actions were inexcusable and irresponsible.”
Carroll, a rookie, fell to the turf and lay there for several minutes before walking off.