EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - 2009: Sal Alosi of the New York Jets poses for his 2009 NFL headshot at photo day in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by NFL Photos)
The suspended strength and conditioning coach for the New York Jets who made national headlines when he tripped a player running down the sidelines during a game against the Miami Dolphins has resigned, the team announced Monday.
Aside from embarrassing the franchise, Alosi's boneheaded move cost the Jets a $100,000 fine from the NFL.
Tannenbaum said in a statement that Alosi made the choice to resign. He'd been in the position since 2007. A team spokesman declined to tell ESPN if Alosi received any sort of settlement package or if a confidentiality clause was in place.
"After speaking with Sal, he decided that it is best for him to tender his resignation at this time," Tannenbaum said in a statement. "We appreciate all of Sal's contributions during his tenure with the team. He played an invaluable role in our success and established what we feel is one of the better strength and conditioning programs in the NFL."
Alosi made a public apology for tripping Dolphins' player Nolan Carroll as he raced down the sideline during a punt-coverage play. The team suspended him without pay for the remainder of the season after the incident and fined him $25,000.
Video footage of the incident further enflamed the controversy, as it appeared five Jets players and Alosi created a human wall to prevent Carroll from running near the sideline. In light of that video, the team opted to suspend Alosi indefinitely. The assistant coach ultimately admitted that he orchestrated the wall, but the team insisted he did so independently and no other coaches, including head coach Rex Ryan, were involved.