It looks like Sal Alosi has been promptly punished for his recent infraction Sunday night when he tripped Miami Dolphins player Nolan Carroll. The NFL officially suspended Alosi from coaching in any games for the rest of the season, including the playoffs. He also will be fined $25,000.
But is that enough?
The season is nearly over so while his absence is a consequence, it is just three games. $25,000 is a large sum to most people but I’m not so sure that amount means the same to a coach as it does to a typical working person.
What’s disturbing is that a coach is supposed to be a role model for his players. He should model and exhibit professionalism at all times, even when losing. What Alosi modeled was immaturity and poor judgment at best.
He released a statement saying that he “wasn’t thinking” which is really no defense at all. He also apologized to Carroll, the Jets and the owners, of course, and then said how he “let everybody down”.
Alosi is lucky to have retained his job. If Carroll had been seriously injured which was a distinct possibility, he surely would have been ended his career in that one thoughtless move.
So what can be taken from this when talking to our kids? It’s always important and worthwhile to think before you act, especially when angry. It’s something we all struggle with as parents. A child’s maturity level beckons them to push now, think later, scream now, calm down later.
It’s probably one of the biggest challenges I face daily with my son who loses his mind when he loses a game. It’s also something we work on daily. Surely, it’s something that Alosi will also be working on if he wants to continue working in football or any other sport long term.
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