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Jets fairly fined $100K for 'TripGate'

Posted on: December 30, 2010 6:09 pm
Edited on: December 30, 2010 6:46 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

The NFL reached some resolution on the "TripGate" incident involving Sal Alosi and members of the team and staff who formed a wall against the Dolphins, announcing Thursday night that the Jets were fined $100,000 for the incident and calling it "a competitive violation as well as a dangerous tactic."

"The fine has been imposed on the Jets to emphasize that clubs are accountable for the actions of their employees," the NFL said in its statement.

The Jets, who suspended Alosi for the rest of the season sans pay and fined him $25,000, also released a statement in which they said they'll "comply with the league's decision."

The NFL also indicated that the the fine was shaped by Mike Westhoff's decision to imply that the Patriots might engage in similar tactics.

"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 statement said.

Those two aspects of the fine make the 100 grand a fair amount even it's certainly more than the NFL has fined anyone for a helmet-to-helmet hit, and it's twice the amount the Broncos were fined for taping the 49ers walkthrough.

That's because Alosi's actions need to halted immediately, and because when a member of one organization calls out another organization, it's not something the league takes lightly, particularly since what Westhoff did could construe libel in normal venue.

More important, though, is making sure that the Jets (and by virtue of the public fine, all other NFL teams) understand they can't risk the health of opponents through cheap tactics designed to find a competitive advantage vis-a-vis an often overlooked rule.

And although the steep nature of the fine might mean Alosi's working for free next year (if he's even working), you can guarantee that the NFL got everyone's attention when they hit the Jets with the amount.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 6:51 am

Jets fairly fined $100K for 'TripGate'

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: December 31, 2010 9:51 am

Jets fairly fined $100K for 'TripGate'

Okay tripgate was bad, but this article suggests that it was far worse than taping another teams practice.  I consider the latter far worse.

The fining has gotten out of hand because it's extremely inconsistent.  New England tapes and are fined and lose draft picks.

Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: December 30, 2010 11:46 pm

Jets fairly fined $100K for 'TripGate'

Oh, no, you're mistaken... the money is going to "charity"... which I will believe that when I see it. I think Baddell just pockets all these fines personally. The guy needs a little spending money, right?

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2010 8:36 pm

Jets fairly fined $100K for 'TripGate'

Wow, the NFL just collected another $150,000 between Alosi Gate and Favre. Hopefully, they'll use that ill-gotten money to actually hire real refs and get a replay system which isn't a travesty.

Odds are Goodell will use the money for another suit and a haircut.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2010 7:47 pm

Jets fairly fined $100K for 'TripGate'

Do assistant coach's have unions? If they did you know the Union'd be up in arms about this...

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