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Westhoff's statement against Patriots plays into $100K fine

Posted by Monique Walker, Globe Staff  December 30, 2010 06:09 PM

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The NFL has fined the New York Jets $100,000 for the incident that involved Jets strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi tripping Miami cornerback Nolan Carroll in the midst of the game on Dec. 12.

The fine also is punishment for Jets special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff's comments accusing teams like the Patriots of using similar tactics. The statement from the NFL is below:

"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 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."

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