Monday, November 4, 2013

Richie Incognito suspended by Dolphins for Jonathan Martin bullying allegations: Report

Less than 24 hours after ESPN reported that he wanted his "name cleared," now Miami Dolphins’ offensive lineman Richie Incognito has been suspended indefinitely by the team. Incognito had been named as the “ringleader” of a group of Dolphins’ players who had been allegedly bullying and tormenting teammate Jonathan Martin since his rookie season of 2012. Fox Sports reported that Incognito allegedly sent Martin “threatening, racialy-charged texts.”

Incognito had been protesting his innocence via Twitter:

Martin left the team on Oct. 28, and his representatives have blamed Incognito and other teammates for his departure, saying that Martin was fearful of “what might happen to him” if he returned.

After initially downplaying reports of bullying as “mere speculation”, the Dolphins on Sunday released a statement saying that they would investigate the matter. Then, late Sunday night the team announced his suspension for "conduct detrimental to the team."

At least two sources have implicated Incognito for alleged harassment incidents of Martin dating to his rookie season in 2012. It may have centered around money: CBS reporting that Martin was pressured to chip in $15,000 for a team trip to Las Vegas, and feared what would happen to him if he didn’t.

The NFL Players Association says they are investigating.

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