Report: Richie Incognito will ‘never play another game’ for the Dolphins
Jonathan Martin’s future with the Miami Dolphins remains somewhat up in the air, but Richie Incognito’s days playing for the team appear to be done.
The Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero reported that the Dolphins already have decided to cut ties with Incognito.
“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.”
With what has transpired in Miami over the past couple days, that news should not come as much of a surprise. Incognito was suspended indefinitely by the team on Sunday night, as the NFL began investigating his involvement in Martin’s sudden departure from the team last week. Incognito allegedly bullied Martin, with ESPN’s Adam Schefter and CBS’ Jason La Canfora revealing voicemails and text messages from Incognito to Martin that contained racial remarks and threats.
The Dolphins reportedly have heard the voicemails in question.
“The Miami Dolphins have suspended Richie Incognito for conduct detrimental to the team,” a statement from the team released Sunday night read. “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.”
Incognito was suspended for the 2004 college football season while at Nebraska, then transferred to Oregon, though he never actually suited up for the Ducks. Five years later, the Rams released Incognito after an in-game confrontation with then-head coach Steve Spagnuolo.
He then briefly joined the Bills before signing with the Dolphins in 2010. He is in the final season of his three-year contract.
The circumstances surrounding this latest incident and his impending release may make it impossible for the 30-year-old Incognito to latch on with another NFL team. At the very least, he may have to wait until the league’s investigation concludes and any punishments are handed down. Incognito could be facing significant discipline from the NFL if it is proven that he played a major role in Martin’s breakdown.