Sal Alosi’s name became a top-trending Twitter topic Monday after Sean “Diddy” Combs allegedly swung a kettlebell at the coach at UCLA’s athletic training complex. Though most people are talking about the coach because of the altercation, there’s also something else for which Alosi is known.
Alosi, 38, is the former Jets coach who tripped a player, Nolan Carroll of the Miami Dolphins, during a punt in 2010, Deadspin noted. He was suspended for the rest of the season and then resigned when it was over. He hasn’t worked in the National Football League since.
On his bio on UCLA's athletics page, it says Alosi has three years of experience as a strength and conditioning coordinator. The Massapequa, New York, native is an alumnus of Hofstra University and played for the school’s football team as a linebacker.
“He came to the Bruins after serving as the head strength and conditioning coach at Bryant University [Rhode Island] in 2011 where he directed all 22 of the Bulldogs’ varsity programs,” his profile on LinkedIn says. “Alosi’s skill and knowledge in the weight room played a vital role in the development of the Bryant athletic department in its final year of transition to full Division I status.”
Alosi has not issued a statement since the altercation, but coach Jim Mora said he was “thankful” everyone remained professional. “This is an unfortunate incident for all parties involved. While UCPD [University of California Police Department] continues to review this matter, we will let the legal process run its course and refrain from further comment at this time,” he said.
Diddy allegedly swung at Alosi when he was on the phone, a source told TMZ. He barely missed the coach, but if he had hit him “it could have killed Alosi,” the news site said. Different sources said Diddy was on the defense and was not an aggressor.
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