The New York Jets are currently reeling after a two-game losing streak, and no market is more difficult to be losing in than New York. But to add even more bad publicity to the team's current woes is this footage of assistant coach Sal Alosi intentionally tripping a Miami Dolphins player during a punt.
The Dolphins went on to beat the Jets 10-6 (karma's a bitch), but they're still crying foul over what happened to their cornerback, Nolan Carroll, who was tripped by the Jets strength and conditioning coach while he ran out of bounds during the third quarter of the game.
It's something you have to see to believe. Check out the video of Alosi putting out his left knee to trip up Carroll:
I've been watching football for a long time and this is one of the most egregious examples of classless, unsportsmanlike conduct I've ever seen. The fact that it was a coach on the sidelines, not a multimillionaire hot shot with an attitude problem, makes this a thousand times worse.
Carroll needed to be attended to by the medical staff, but luckily he wasn't seriously injured. For whatever reason, thinking that there are no cameras filming each individual's every move, Alosi conspicuously switched from a green hat to a black hat in the middle of the game. Then he just took the hat off. Since changing hat colors immediately changes your identity somehow.
Alosi admitted to tripping Carroll after realizing he couldn't avoid getting away with it (no matter how many hats he may own) and released a statement a couple of hours after the game:
I made a mistake that showed a total lapse in judgement. 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.
That will probably be the last statement he ever makes for the Jets and the NFL in general, as many fans, including me, are hoping he'll get fired after intentionally trying to injure another player. He's worked in the NFL long enough -- he oughta know that there are cameras that can catch everything. As a 33-year-old coach who's been in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons and the Jets for the past nine years, there is absolutely no excuse for his actions.
Forget fines and suspensions, this guy is easily replaceable and should no longer have a job with the NFL. In fact, Alosi should just resign and save the NFL the trouble of going through an investigation.
Let's hope the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Jets soundly next Sunday. Hey, what? I'm not a Steelers fan or anything ...
What do you think of Alosi's actions? Should he be fired or just suspended?
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