Sure, firing someone for the actions during a sporting event sounds harsh. Especially when you consider the myriad of issues that coaches and players go through on a weekly basis. Fights on the field, off the field, off-field issues, and so on and so on. Most of the on field issues can be blamed on over hyped adrenaline and while it’s not condoned, it is understandable…to a degree.
During todays Miami Dolphins, New York Jets game, an incident occurred that has no place in sports. Any sport. Not the NFL, not MLB, not in any sport…professional or otherwise. It is one of those things that you don’t need a rule for, it’s common sense. Don’t interfere with a play while it’s active. Apparently, NY Jets Strength and Conditioning Coach Sal Alosi has no common sense.
During a Dolphins punt Miami CB Nolan Carroll was streaking up the sideline, out of bounds when he passed Alosi. Alosi, with his hands in his pocket, bent his left knee out and tripped Carroll running up the sideline. Carroll was hurt on the play but returned later. Many may make an argument of a player on the sideline holding a grudge and pulling a stunt like this would be forgivable. While others would not, it’s unspeakable that a coach would show such disrespect to the game and his own team.
The picture below is blurry but it’s also clear the intent by the Jets coach. The NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell will take a long look at this and it’s likely that Alosi will be fined. So what. This is nothing short of disrespect to the entire league. He needs to be fired and not allowed back into the NFL. Harsh? Yes, maybe. But the message it sends is as strong as the desire to cause injury to a player who should not feel as though he needs protection on the sideline.
Miami Dolphins react to the incident: