Dec 30, 2010

NFL Fines Jets For Trip and Fall

Was there anyone out there watching that moment when Sal Alosi, strength coach for the Jets, tripped the Dolphins player, who thought anything less than a lifetime ban from football complete with a massive fine and national shame would be just about adequate?

N.F.L.’s Statement on Punishment of Jets

New York Jets
The N.F.L. fined the Jets $100,000 on Thursday for the sideline wall and trip orchestrated by the strength coach Sal Alosi against  a Dolphins punt gunner  earlier this month.
The ruling came a day after Brett Favre was fined $50,000 for not cooperating with the league about text messages he was said to have sent as a Jet.
Is any Jet up for continuing the pattern with a $150,000 fine on Friday? Time is running short in 2010.
The league also criticized the Jets’ special-teams coordinator, Mike Westhoff, for suggesting that other teams formed sideline walls.
Alosi has been suspended indefinitely by the Jets. Here’s part of the statement from the league:
This is both a competitive violation as well as a dangerous tactic. The discipline imposed on the club also includes the response to the incident of coach Alosi and special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff, who made public comments accusing other teams of employing similar tactics. Both the NFL Constitution and Bylaws and other league policies require clubs to report actual or suspected violations of competitive rules by other teams only to the league office and not to engage in public criticism of other clubs. The fine has been imposed on the Jets to emphasize that clubs are accountable for the actions of their employees and have the obligation to ensure that all members of their organization comply with league rules
Extra point: No evidence emerged that Rex Ryan or Westhoff were in the know  about Alosi’s plan, but it does seem implausible that they weren’t.

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