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Jets fined 100K for Alosi incident, Westhoff comments

Sal Alosi, center, stands next to a shocked

Sal Alosi, center, stands next to a shocked Jets head coach Rex Ryan after the Jets lost to the Ravens by 1 point. (Sept. 13, 2010) Photo Credit: Joe Rogate

The NFL just announced they've slapped the Jets with a $100,000 fine for the Sal Alosi incident, in which the now indefinitely suspended strength and conditioning coach order inactive players to form a sideline wall.

The amount of the fine also stems from Mike Westhoff's comments to a Chicago radio station implicating the Patriots also previously utilized the tactic.  

In a statement, the league said the placement of players in a prohibited area on the sideline to impede an opposing team’s special teams players and gain a competitive advantage "is both a competitive violation as well as a dangerous tactic." 

Here's what the league said in rendering its decision: 

"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."

The Jets' response was rather simple: "We will comply with the league's decision." 

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