Alosi was a linebacker at Hofstra University from 1996 to 2000. As a senior, he was named the co-recipient of the Mayor’s Trophy, an annual award presented to the two Hofstra players who best exemplify good sportsmanship and fair play both on and off the field. He won the award in 2000, despite having been arrested the year before for allegedly breaking into a dorm room with seven teammates and assaulting three students. Originally charged with third-degree assault, he later pled guilty to a lesser charge of second-degree harassment, a misdemeanor.
New York Jets tripping incident
During a game against the Miami Dolphins on December 12, 2010, Alosi stuck out his knee and tripped Nolan Carroll as the latter was running down the sideline during a punt return. Two days later, the Jets suspended him indefinitely after it was discovered that he had instructed inactive Jets players to line up along the sideline so as to potentially impede opposing players. General manager Mike Tannenbaum said that Alosi had initially not been truthful about how the wall had been formed. Alosi was fined $25,000 by the Jets and suspended for the remainder of the 2010 season. The NFL subsequently fined the Jets $100,000 for Alosi's actions.
On June 22, 2015, Alosi was involved in an altercation with rapper Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, over the coach's alleged harsh treatment of Combs' son Justin, who is on the Bruins football team. According to conflicting reports, Alosi either attempted to attack Combs with his hands, resulting in Combs using a kettlebell in self-defense, or Combs attempted to swing a kettlebell at Alosi's head but missed.
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- ANALYSIS/Unnecessary Roughness, Newsday
- Alosi arrested while at Hofstra in 1999, Newsday
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- Jets fined $100K for tripping incident. ESPN, 2010-12-30.
- http://sports.espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/news/story?id=6078186 Archived 2 February 2011 at WebCite
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- "Diddy Arrested after FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT With UCLA Football Coach". tmz.com. 2015-06-22. Retrieved 2015-06-23.
- "Details of P. Diddy's Arrest at UCLA". scout.com. 2015-06-23. Retrieved 2015-06-23.
- Mike Florio (June 22, 2015). "Sal Alosi resurfaces, in a college football conflict with Diddy". Profootballtalk.com.
- Sal Alosi : Head Strength and Conditioning : Official Jets Bio : New York Jets Team News. .newyorkjets.com. Retrieved on 2010-12-17.