“He’s just taking after the head coach, man. It all trickles downhill. That’s how I look at it, it trickles downhill. The head coach, he opened a can of worms over there and now he’s got to fix it.”
Dolphins linebacker Karlos Dansby, commenting on the outrageous conduct of New York Jets trainer Sal Alosi ,who intentionally tripped a Miami Dolphins player on the sideline during a game Sunday. Alosi was suspended without pay for the rest of the season, including the playoffs, and fined an additional $25,000.
Dansby is exactly right. An organization’s leader is the individual who has the most influence over the ethical culture. Coach Rex Ryan does indeed have some work to do. There have been other examples of bad conduct on the Jets this season, and while Alosi’s act may have been an aberration, it should set off ethics alarms throughout the Jets’ management structure. Ethics does trickle down, and this incident suggests that something is wrong besides one strength coach’s misdirected knee.