Mike Westhoff, NFL met about Tripgate

Updated: December 24, 2010, 10:15 AM ET
By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets special-teams coach Mike Westhoff, who came under fire last week in the aftermath of the Sal Alosi tripping incident, confirmed Thursday that he met last Friday with league investigators.

Westhoff became part of the controversy because it was widely assumed that he instructed Alosi, the Jets' strength and conditioning coach, and five inactive players to form an illegal sideline wall to deter the Miami Dolphins' gunner on punt coverage. Not only did Westhoff deny that last week, but he went on a Chicago radio station and accused the New England Patriots of that tactic.

"I'm not accusing anybody of doing anything wrong, absolutely not," Westhoff said.

Nevertheless, Jets owner Woody Johnson, speaking to reporters Thursday, volunteered that he called Patriots owner Robert Kraft to apologize.

The league is reviewing whether Westhoff's comments violated any rules. In addition, league security wanted answers on whether Westhoff had knowledge of the wall. Alosi, part of the wall, tripped Dolphins gunner Nolan Carroll. Alosi was suspended indefinitely by the team. Johnson said the team still is reviewing his status.

Westhoff believes the league will side with his version.

"In my opinion, I think they fully understood all the circumstances," he said. "I think they believe it. I hope they do because I know it's true."

On Sunday night, commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed the league was checking into the tripping incident and Westhoff's comments. He said he hoped to have the matter resolved in a day or two, but the league has made no announcements.

"They just wanted all the details of what happened," Westhoff said. "I think when they saw everything, I don't think there was any tremendous shock. They were very thorough, from top to bottom ... over and over and over, something that was ridiculous anyway."

Rich Cimini covers the Jets for ESPNNewYork.com. Follow him on Twitter.

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