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NFL fines Jets $100K

By Mark Maske

The NFL fined the New York Jets $100,000 for this month's sideline tripping incident involving the team's strength and conditioning coach, Sal Alosi.

Alosi, standing on the Jets' sideline, tripped Miami Dolphins player Nolan Carroll when Carrol was forced out of bounds by blockers while running downfield on punt coverage.

The Jets first fined Alosi $25,000 and suspended him for the remainder of the season, then suspended Alosi indefinitely after team officials said they learned that Alosi instructed players to line up on the sideline in an attempt to impede Carroll.

The NFL issued a written statement that said: "The New York Jets were notified today that the club has been fined $100,000 by Commissioner Roger Goodell for violating league rules in the recent incident involving Jets assistant coach Sal Alosi, who placed players in a prohibited area on the sideline to impede an opposing team's special teams players and gain a competitive advantage. This is both a competitive violation as well as a dangerous tactic."

The Jets also were cited for public comments by members of the organization, including special teams coach Mike Westhoff, accusing other teams of utilizing similar tactics. Under league rules, teams are required to report actual or suspected violations of the sport's competitive rules to the league rather than making such accusations publicly.

"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," the NFL's written statement said. "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."

The Jets issued a written statement in which they said: "We will comply with the League's decision."

By Mark Maske  |  December 30, 2010; 8:31 PM ET  | Category:  Jets , League Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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