Richie Incognito, the Miami Dolphins “bad boy” offensive guard, has been informed by head coach Joe Philbin that he has been suspended indefinitely, according to Jeff Darlington of the NFL Network. Incognito’s suspension comes less than 24 hours after the team released a statement saying there was no investigation into the bullying allegations. Sunday morning, Incognito blasted ESPN’s Adam Schefter for using anonymous sources in his reporting.
Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports reports Richie Incognito sent teammate Jonathan Martin inappropriate text messages:
Multiple sources told FOX Sports the Miami Dolphins and the NFL Players Association have been told guard Richie Incognito sent Martin text messages and left him voicemails that are both threatening and racially charged in nature. Sources said those messages will be shared with the league as part of the investigation.
The explosive information concerning racially charged threats means the league is not dealing with harassment here. This is an alleged hate crime.
The Dolphins declined specific comment and deferred to the league office, which is handling the investigation. A league spokesman had no comment on the specifics of the case, saying only the NFL will conduct a “thorough review” of the situation.
This is just the latest news in a situation that started when Martin accused the Dolphins of player misconduct. Martin had walked out and left the team on Monday after an incident occurred in the team cafeteria.
Incognito has been playing with the Dolphins since 2010 and has been in the NFL since 2006, originally with the St. Louis Rams. He was selected to the Pro Bowl just last season as an offensive guard. Known around the league as one of the dirtiest player in all of football, its no surprise that the Miami guard is in trouble once again.
Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter released a report regarding Incognito on ESPN.com, saying:
Meanwhile, several sources insisted Incognito was involved, adding that the incident was not isolated and extended to 2012, when Martin was a second-round draft pick by the team. One source said any emotional issues Martin is experiencing are directly related to his harassment.
An NFL spokesman said the league was monitoring the matter and has been in contact with the Dolphins since Martin left the team. On Friday, Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said, “This is something we take very seriously and will not be tolerated”
Incognito was upset with all of the reports, and tweeted his innocence. To go to the step of suspending indefinitely, I think it’s fair to say that the team believes there is some fire to the smoke that has been coming out this week. This story is far from over.
[UPDATE: Richie Incognito’s bullying texts to teammate Jonathan Martin are beginning to make the rounds, and not surprisingly, they’re ugly. According to Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports, the texts include racial remarks, among other things:
refers to Martin, who is biracial, as a “half-n*****,” according to a source who was privy to the communication. There are several instances of threats as well, the sources said, and overall disturbing exchanges, including one in which Incognito refers to defecating in Martin’s mouth. Incognito also made reference to tracking down members of Martin’s family and harming them in the texts as well, according to a source.]
[UPDATE Nov. 4th: Richie Incognito, suspended indefinitely last night by the Miami Dolphins, is done with the organization, according to a report in the Miami Herald.
“He’s done,” a ranking club source said Monday. “There are procedures in place and everyone wants to be fair. The NFL is involved. But from a club perspective he’ll never play another game here.”
Incognito is not going to be getting back into the Miami locker room.]
[UPDATE Nov. 5th: The latest development in the ongoing Jonathan Martin/Richie Incognito situation doesn’t look very good for the Miami Dolphins’ coaching staff. The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports sources informed them that Dolphins’ coaches told Incognito — who has been suspended indefinitely for his alleged bullying and harassment of Martin — to toughen up the second year player and “get him into the fold.”
Sources say that communication took place when Martin skipped two days of the team’s OTA program, and Incognito was encouraged by his coaches to make a call that would “get him into the fold,” one source said. Even though OTA workouts are voluntary, the NFL culture forces coaches to strong arm the team’s leaders to make sure everyone attends. Sources say Incognito was doing his job, but they admit he crossed the line.
The NFL continues to investigate the situation. Incognito’s NFL career could be over. As more and more information comes to light members of the Dolphins staff could soon be joining him on the unemployment line.]
[UPDATE Nov. 7th: Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio offers a new twist on the situation:
Per multiple league sources, Dolphins G.M. Jeff Ireland received a call from Martin’s agent, Rick Smith, before Martin left the team on October 28. Smith complained to Ireland about the manner in which Incognito was treating Martin.
Ireland, according to the sources, suggested to Smith that Martin physically confront Incognito. Ireland specifically mentioned that Martin should “punch” Incognito.
Reached for comment by phone on Wednesday night, Dolphins senior V.P. of media relations Harvey Greene reiterated to PFT the position that there will be no public comment from the team on any aspect of the situation, given the league’s pending review.]