Richie Incognito has caused headaches for the Miami Dolphins in more ways than just his alleged harassment of teammate Jonathan Martin. Incognito is outspoken and has a history of getting himself into trouble both on and off the field. In 2012, he was accused of sexually harassing a female volunteer at a team golf tournament. According to a new report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, head coach Joe Philbin wanted to cut Incognito after that incident.
Philbin, who was hired by the Dolphins in January 2012, had been on the job for just a few months at the time Incognito was accused. He reportedly made it known to the organization that he believed it would be in the team’s best interest to move on from Incognito, but Philbin was overruled. Incognito wound up paying roughly $30,000 to settle the issue and ultimately remained with the team.
Fast forward to the following offseason, when the Dolphins supposedly once again contemplated releasing their veteran offensive lineman. Incognito, who has been said to have regularly held “mandatory” team meetings at strip clubs, avoiding being cut because the team decided it did not have enough depth at offensive line. I’m sure they would have done things differently in hindsight.
Incognito’s four-game suspension was set to conclude on Monday, but it has been extended with pay until the league concludes its investigation. The revelation that Philbin wanted to cut Incognito in 2012 could reflect poorly on the team, given the fact that they allegedly went against Philbin’s wishes with what was a seemingly solid judgment call.
Full Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin history: