The Miami Dolphins have suspended starting offensive guard Richie Incognito for conduct detrimental to the team amidst allegations of bullying teammate Jonathan Martin, who abruptly left the team last Monday after an incident in the team cafeteria.
“The Miami Dolphins have suspended Richie Incognito for conduct detrimental to the team,” the Dolphins 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.”
According to a report by FOX Sports’ Mike Garafolo, Incognito sent harassing text messages and voicemails to Martin that are both racially-charged and threatening in nature. Those messages have been turned over to the NFL for its investigation.
The Dolphins broke their silence Sunday morning, refuting the reports.
“The notion of bullying is based on speculation and has not been presented to us as a concern from Jonathan or anyone else internally. The reports that the NFLPA is investigating our players are inaccurate.”
“Additionally, the NFL offered its assistance during this time, which we appreciated and gladly accepted. We will continue to make Jonathan’s health and well-being a focus as we do with all of our players.”
The team’s stance changed considerably by Sunday evening, when Incognito was suspended.
“We received notification today from Jonathan’s representation about allegations of player misconduct. We are taking these allegations very seriously and plan to review the matter further. We have also reached out to the NFL and asked them to conduct an objective and thorough review. As an organization, we are committed to a culture of team-first accountability and respect for one another.”