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Incognito violated NFL policy before but was he sanctioned?

In my column in today's Miami Herald I reference that golf outing incident during Fins Weekend in May of 2012 when Richie Incognito apparently sexually harassed and otherwise commited simple battery on an unemployed black woman who was volunteering as a hole monitor at the tournament.

The police report right here suggests Incognito acted like something of an oaf and bully.

According to the victim, Incognito used his golf club to touch her by rubbing it up against her vagina, then up her stomach then to her chest. He then used the club to knock sunglasses off the top of her head. After that, he proceeded to lean up against her buttocks with his private parts as if dancing, saying "Let it rain. Let it rain." He finally finished by emptying a bottled water on her face.

This is not in dispute. This happened. I have spoken to people who attended and the incident was the talk of the day. 

So why did we not hear anything about it until now? Well, Incognito and the Dolphins did a bang-up job of making the issue go away. The victim was paid off. And the team swept the issue under the proverbial rug.

Coach Joe Philbin, who was in his third month as Dolphins coach at the time, didn't cut Incognito. Oh, the coach was seen that season as standing up for the right kind of players, as Miami cut Chad Johnson after his domestic violence issue and traded Vontae Davis because, in part, he went to the bathroom too much during practice.

But Incognito, who did this misdeed, remained part of the team and locker room. He was one of the men Philbin talked about when he often said the Dolphins have the right kind of character in the locker room.

And still that is not the most worrisome thing here.

You see, this incident was a clear violation of the NFL Personal Conduct Policy.

The policy reads, in part:

"While criminal activity is clearly outside the scope of permissible conduct, and persons who engage in criminal activity will be subject to discipline, the standard of conduct for persons employed in the NFL is considerably higher. It is not enough simply to avoid being found guilty of a crime. Instead, as an employee of the NFL or a member club, you are held to a higher standard and expected to conduct yourself in a way that is responsible, promotes the values upon which the League is based, and is lawful.

"Persons who fail to live up to this standard of conduct are guilty of conduct detrimental and subject to discipline, even where the conduct itself does not result in conviction of a crime."

Furthermore, NFL policy demands that clubs report any incident that possibly violates the conduct policy to the NFL. There are no exceptions. The fact no arrest was made or no conviction reached does not relieve the club from the burden of alerting the NFL.

And then, ladies and gentlemen, the ball is in the NFL's court.

So did the Dolphins call the NFL or blow off the policy?

Did the NFL investigate or not?

Was there punishment on Incognito or not for this obvious violation of the NFL Conduct Policy?

I contacted the NFL on Friday and was told by a spokesman the league would not comment, citing the fact the league is not commenting on Incognito during its current investigation relative to the Jonathan Martin issue.

The Dolphins similarly are not commenting.

Here's the thing: Incognito missed no games, thus he was not suspended either by the league or the Dolphins. He was not cut from the team nor banished by the league. The strongest punishment he could have received, if any, was a fine that was not announced by the NFL.

(By the way, persons violating the policy are generally required to undergo a clinical evaluation and based on the results, may have to get counseling or treatment of some type. But regardless of whether the person gets counseling or treatment, those are not considered punishment).

The point is if the Dolphins and the NFL did their jobs in the 2012 incident, Incognito now faces sanctions as a repeat offender of the NFL Personal Conduct Policy. That would be bad for Incognito.

According to the policy:

"With respect to repeat offenders, the Commissioner may impose discipline on an enhanced and/or expedited basis. In such cases, the timing and nature of the discipline will be determined by the Commissioner based on several factors including but not limited to: the severity of the initial charge and later charge; the facts underlying the later charge; the length of time between the initial offense and later charge; and the player or employee’s compliance with counseling and other programs. Following a full investigation and/or resolution of the proceedings, the Commissioner will review the matter and make any appropriate adjustments."

That assumes action the first time a year ago. 

But if the club or the league looked the other way last year, then Incognito's alleged harassing of a 6-5 teammate got the Dolphins' and NFL's attention like the harassing of a 5-5 "civilian" woman could not. And that would look bad for the institutions.


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Yo mamma and your sista are jets fans you homo

Scott has threesomes with cogs and Martin

The Dolphins are going to kick the sorry Jets A**s this year...

Marc from NJ

Marc from NJ

F*** You

I am far from a jets fan what is wrong with you


You blow scott

Scott what is up with you man I've been a phin since 1970

Excuse me but is that a golf club in your butt???????????

Posted by: Marc from nj | November 09, 2013 at 08:51 PM

Only an ignorant Jet Fan would say something like this... very Stupid!!!

I think it's quite funny

Oscar tell this guy who I am

Scott I believe this whole mess we are in is quite horrible , but it's about to tear apart our front office and coaching staff,fortunately we do have talent on our team and with a pro staff and a real gm we can finally move forward

Marc... stop dissing the Dolphins and start acting like a fan.

The Dolphins are better off without Incognito!!!

He's one of the main reason the Dolphins offensive line has given up a record number of sacks so far this year.

If you think getting lap dances is a suitable place for a team meeting...

He should have taken his job serious as a Leader...

All my own personal opinion!

Scott read the 907 post

We will be a better team in the end

I have been a dolphin since 1970 when I was 5 years old and I am disgusted with what's been going on for some time now it's time to burn it down and move on


Hurricanes are garbage too. How in the hell does their d coordinator still have a job?


Have seen many questions on this blog in regards to:
1-Law breaking by Dolphins for 'Cover up"?
2-Can NFL force Ross to sell the team?

1- Coming to a settlement agreement with the victim is not breaking the law. However part of these settlement agreements is to not go public with the facts of the settlement or of the case that was settled. That has obviously been broken. Now we know to who broke the agreement. As far as the victim getting more money now. That too is usually barred by every settlement.

2- The answer here is a resounding yes. Part of the ownership agreement with the NFL and the other 31 owners is that the team must be operated in a lawful fashion so as not to bring harm to any of the 32 teams. The NFL is brand and cannot be tarnished. If you recall Eddie Debartalo was forced to sell his majority shares in the 49ers. If Ross is found to have done anything that 'harmed" the brand then he can be forced out.

The no. 17 for the Canes sux as bad as the no. 17 for the Phins Eh?

No Canadians on here tonight Ape...EH??



I'm a Dolphin fan since 1964...I was born in 1965! I believe and think that Ross needs to tank the season, fire everyone including acorns rocks everything even that bubble, pay his way out of this mess, buy the best brightest mines in the NFL college CFL AFL. what ever they are from, trade a bunch of Irescum rejects poor draft picks clean house and just stack up draft picks and put this team in position to draft 3or 4 in the draft and let the new regime start over again, I know this might set us back a couple of years but at least clean remove all the cancer!

Funny that 2 FORMER DOLPHINS HC's(Saban/Cameron) going at it right now with far better teams than they had in Miami.

Alabama 24 LSU 17 3rd qtr.

Marc for NJ:

Like you I've been a Fan since the early 70's and have grown tired of the way the organization has been going over the past decade...

I guess I've also gotten frustrated with all the BS lately w/ Incognito.

The Team needs to get back to winning consistently and going back to the playoffs!

Even Sun Life is deserting the Dullfins! lol

I've said it for years. This team wont be competitive until 3-4 years AFTER Ireland is fired.

Scott we can be like butch Cassidy and the sun dance kid,,,,,,,,,,czonka and kick

It seems like Ross makes very bad decisions when it comes to hiring ,,,,and also he's a sucker

He's very dumb for a billioneer


We will be a better team in the end
Posted by: Marc from nj | November 09, 2013 at 09:08 PM

Heck, they cant get much worse LMAO!

It seems like Ross makes very bad decisions when it comes to hiring ,,,,and also he's a sucker
Posted by: Marc from nj | November 09, 2013 at 10:54 PM

Steve Ross, worst sports owner ever?

Now that's a good reason suspend or kick him off the team.

It's the most irrelevant franchise in the NFL. Gone from the Perfect Season to this.

I hope they lose the remainder of their stupid games and Ross cleans house.

He's bound to get it right eventually.

Jeff Ireland is an exact replica of Dennis the Menace. Everything he touches turns to chyt.

6 years of everyones like wasted on Jeff Irescum.

6 years of everyones life wasted on Jeff Irescum.

Mr. Incognito had been drinking and was acting very
inappropriate towards her. Ms.1111Nk states that Mr. Incognito used his golf club to touch her by
rubbing it up against her vagina, then up her stomach then to her chest. He then used the club to knock
a pair of sunglasses off the top of her head. After that, he proceeded to lean up against her buttocks
with his private parts as if dancing, saying "Let it rain,

This will all amount to nothing. The very next NFL story will make all forget about this one.

The Dolphins never got this much publicity when going 17-0.

Is this what Ross means by making the Fins relevant again? He didn't tell us it would be for all of the wrong reason did he?

Yo Jeffy,

Is your momma a hooka?

These bloggers with the same hooka joke are so boring, they must have been raised on canned food and sitcoms.

Not sure if I've seen such a trivial story blown up so out of proportion. Bullying my azzzz, who can't handle a little name calling? Martin just wigged out. This is so minor to the other stories about guns and murder and manslaughter and women beating. Marshall's countless encounters with the police over beating his girls , something far worse than this story, never got this much attention.

So What damage was done? I rubbed myself against a few woman too. The golf club swing was a bunch too much...but the Martin thing was a Ingognito being the monster he is. Get a grip.

It's quite possible the FO did report the golf incident to the NFL and that the NFL was fine with keeping it hush after the payoff, in which case, the FO is in no precarious situation. If that is true, then it becomes Goodell's credibility on the line and a whole different story.

The HOF is full of players nastier than Cogs who have done far worse than touch a girl with a golf club or call a lineman names, Far worse,

The NFL is a hypocritical organization. They love their money, they love to hide and deny concussion information that they know is true, yet they demand others be honest and moral.



Uh huh.

Death threats.

It’s ‘ignorance’

Harry Edwards, a leader of the civil rights movement and consultant for the San Francisco 49ers since 1985, said the extremes of a hypercompetitive environment where “guys are dependent on each other to avoid winding up in a wheelchair” do not excuse the use of racist or homophobic epithets.

“You’re looking at a group of young men who do not understand their own history or the path by which they arrived to enjoy the opportunities they possess,” Edwards said. “Dropping N-bombs on each other or granting license to some member of another group to say that word is not a generational thing. It’s an ignorance thing.”

Has Ireland resigned yet?

The Dolphins need a better podium.


What kind of Mickey Mouse Franchise is this?

I now understand why people say the Fins look like a joke.

This is the same NFL that fine players for illegal hits and then turns around and sells "NFL's Greatest Hits" showing those same (illegal) hits. Brilliant!

It doesn't mean they are, but they look like a joke.

Calling someone a Ni--ger in itself does not make someone "RACIST" anymore than calling someone a F@@G makes one "Homophobic". These are words created by the media and misused and overused. They may be insensitive or disrespectful or hurtful, but, that doesn't make one racist or homophobic.

I can't imagine what there is to fear about a gay man anyway?

A racist clearly uses the N word....

Only 1 Solution to all this.

J.Martin comes out, wearing a helmet, on said podium, and says this was all just a big misunderstanding. Richie Incognito is my best friend. Then ask Incognito to do the same thing. Incognito will give J.Martin the new Ferrari that he just bought. And call it a day.

Philbin and Ireland don't need to speak. They just need to beat the Bucs on Monday.

coyle needs to call a whole game, not just the first half. Tampa should be held to under 10pts.

This is a perfect week to run the ball. Give L.Miller 30 touches.

Somebody posted that the team doesn't have any true connection to Miami. That's not true, Ross and Dee had the word Miami painted in the end zones.

They play that corny fight song at the stadium too.

Marc is not scared to drop the soap.

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