Alosi apologized to Carroll and Dolphins coach Tony Sparano that night. During a news conference the next day, a tearful Alosi took full responsibility for what he did.
“I let everybody down yesterday with my actions,” he said. “My actions were inexcusable and irresponsible.”
The NFL recently met with the team to investigate the incident and spoke with Westhoff about his comments, when he said other teams employ sideline walls, including the New England Patriots.
“I’m not accusing the Patriots of doing something wrong,” Westhoff said. “Maybe they’re doing something smart. That’s up to you. Watch the tape, you tell me.”
In its statement Thursday, the NFL said the fine was imposed 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.” It also stated that the league policies require teams to report “actual or suspected violations of competitive rules” by other teams to the NFL office only, and not to publicly criticize them.
Johnson has since apologized to Patriots owner Robert Kraft, as well as Dolphins owner Stephen Ross.
A few days after the incident, the NFL sent a letter to all 32 teams reminding them of the rules and restrictions for the bench area and sidelines.
Ray Anderson, the NFL’s executive vice president for football operations, emphasized the responsibilities placed on each team to appoint a “get-back coach,” who must be aware of all sideline restrictions and is responsible for ensuring that the team and staff are in compliance. Anderson added that “violations could subject your team and/or individuals to both in-game penalties and other disciplinary action. Flagrant violations after two warnings could result in an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.”
He said fines and suspensions could be imposed by the league, as well.
Last week, Johnson defended his team, saying he is “very proud of the organization,” and even disagreed with the notion that the Jets have made an inordinate amount of negative headlines.
“We’re going to work on things like our culture,” Johnson said last Thursday. “We’re going to work on trying to make ourselves an organization that doesn’t have, preferably, any incidents, but we know that we’re going to have some.”
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