Miami Dolphins are expected to release guard Richie Incognito
Richie Incognito, who sent teammate Jonathan Martin racially charged texts, is ‘done’ with the Dolphins, a high-ranking club source told the Miami Herald.
BY ADAM H. BEASLEY AND ARMANDO SALGUERO
The Miami Dolphins suspended guard Richie Incognito late Sunday night for conduct detrimental to the team, but his long-term fate on the team is sealed, a source tells 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 was suspended as both the team and league look into detailed allegations of bullying and abuse alleged by offensive tackle Jonathan Martin, who has been away from the franchise for a week.
“The Miami Dolphins have suspended Richie Incognito for conduct detrimental to the team,” the team said in a statement late Sunday night. “We believe in maintaining a culture of respect for one another and as a result we believe this decision is in the best interest of the organization at this time. As we noted earlier, we reached out to the NFL to conduct an objective and thorough review. We will continue to work with the league on this matter.”
The club wasted no time in promoting Nate Garner to starting left guard on their online depth chart. Unless Martin unexpectedly returns, Tyson Clabo will start at his place at right tackle next Monday in Tampa Bay.
More details on the alleged abuse suffered by Martin continues to come to light.
Fox Sports and CBSSports.com both reported Monday that Incognito sent Martin a series of racially charged and threatening texts, including one in which Incognito called Martin, who is biracial, a “half-n-----.” In CBSSports.com’s report, Incognito is said to have threatened to track down Martin’s family.
Also Monday, word emerged of a series of inflammatory message board posts on a fan forum by a person believed to be Incognito’s father, Richard, in which he made some incendiary comments about the Dolphins’ leadership and portrayed Martin as unstable.
Efforts to reach Richie Incognito and his father for comment were unsuccessful.
Meanwhile, on Sunday a source with direct knowledge of the situation said young Dolphins players are under pressure to pay for veterans’ social outings, a practice that is straining their finances and locker room chemistry.
Incognito pressured Martin into paying $15,000 for an unofficial team vacation to Las Vegas – a trip that Martin didn’t even join.
One young defensive player, whose privacy the Miami Herald is protecting, is on his way to going broke because he has been unable to say no to the older players, a source said.
The source characterized Dolphins veterans using younger players as ATMs to finance their nightlife whims (including picking up the tab at a strip club, ESPN reported). These older players have been caught up in the fast-paced Miami lifestyle without the burden of having to pay for it, the source said.
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