Character: qualities of honesty, courage, or the like; integrity.
On Sunday, Jets strength and conditioning coach, Sal Alosi proved he has no character. As the Dolphins punted away during the third quarter, Nolan Carroll, a defensive back for Miami, was tripped by Alosi.
Carroll was the "gunner" for the Dolphins during the punt, and rolled for nearly 10 yards after Alosi intentionally stuck his knee out and tripped him. The incident was caught on film, and Alosi has since apologized for his actions stating, "I wasn’t thinking. If I could go back and do it again, I’d sure as heck take a step back."
Although Carroll was slow to get back up, he returned to the game, and afterwards said he was not mad about the incident. Carroll has a history of broken legs, the latest ending his senior season at Maryland last year.
Even though Carroll was able to return with no significant injury, the ending could have been a lot worse.
How does Alosi, a trained professional coach, allow himself to revert to the callow act of tripping a player? He’s a coach! He sets an example for not only his players, but for the rest of the organization. The message he sent across the country when he tripped Carroll was a bitter one. It showed no class to a team that is already known for having a classless reputation.
Dolphins running back Ricky Williams said, "It's the Jets right? We're not surprised." (Espn.com)
Vocal linebacker Channing Crowder sounded off after the incident saying, "They're cheaters. They do what they do. They cheat. They talk junk. But we beat the hell out of them today...I wish they'd tripped me. I'd have broken that old man's leg. He should be ashamed of himself....A grown man from the coaching staff? That's high character."
It doesn't matter if it's Pop Warner, high school varsity, the NCAA or the NFL. Alosi's actions towards Carroll were inexcusable on any level. Had Carroll broken his leg after being tripped, there wouldn't even be a discussion on the verdict.
As Alosi awaits punishment from commissioner Roger Goodell, the case needs to be made for the price he'll pay. His actions were juvenile, unprofessional and they jeopardized the safety of an NFL player.
If he wants to send a message that his organization has a single ounce of professionalism, Jets president/CEO Woody Johnson needs to fire Alosi before Goodell makes his decision.
If he is not fired, it sends a message that it is okay to cheat and belittle yourself and your team by taking down a player so unjustly. Is that the message Goodell wants?
The Jets need to show everybody they are a dignified team by firing Alosi. However, they have troubled receivers Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards on their team, so the likelihood of Alosi being fired is between slim and none.
Let's hope Roger Goodell sticks his knee out and sends Alosi to the unemployment line.