Richie Incognito, Dolphins players reportedly harassed team staff member

Richie IncognitoThe Miami Dolphins are already facing a major issue with the alleged workplace harassment that took place between offensive linemen Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito. According to a new report, the problems may have been more widespread throughout the organization and gone beyond just player harassment and bullying.

Jason Cole of the National Football Post cited sources on Tuesday who claim Incognito and at least one other Dolphins player harassed a team staff member and made inappropriate comments about the staffer’s ethnic background and wife.

One of Cole’s sources alleged that Incognito dressed in attire related to the staff member’s culture and mocked him with profane jokes. At least one teammate is said to have joined in with Incognito and created an “extremely uncomfortable environment” for the staffer. The sources also claimed that Incognito told the employee on multiple occasions that several members of the team had sexual relations with his wife.

[Photos: Dolphins fans support Richie Incognito with signs]

Cole also noted that the behavior was allegedly allowed to continue in view of other staff members who, along with the team’s front office, did nothing to put a stop to it. If any of the claims are found to be true, it could further prove that the Dolphins have been negligent in failing to create an appropriate and professional workplace environment.

Yes, we know an NFL locker room is not your everyday work environment. Almost everyone understands that, but there’s no excuse for berating someone and saying stuff like that about their wife. It doesn’t matter how chummy players and staff members are with one another, there are still lines that should not be crossed.

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Report: Dolphins players repeatedly fined Jonathan Martin for being soft

Jonathan MartinMiami Dolphins players repeatedly fined Jonathan Martin for being soft, per a report, which could be a sign of the “locker room” and “football culture” that got to the young lineman, leading him to abruptly leave the team.

Martin has now been away from the Dolphins for over two weeks since leaving the team following a prank pulled on him in the cafeteria. Martin’s representatives have said that constant harassment and bullying over the past year and a half led to Martin’s departure from the team, and now we have a better understanding of what kind of treatment he was receiving.

Sports Illustrated NFL reporter Jim Trotter joined “Amani & Eytan” on NBC Sports Radio Monday and shared an example of the locker room culture in Miami that may have bothered Martin. According to Trotter, Dolphins players repeatedly fined Martin for being soft.

“I spoke to one player who was on the Dolphins the last couple of years, and we were speaking about Jonathan Martin,” Trotter began, “and he said that the Dolphins have what they call a ‘sensitivity fine,’ and it’s for players that they deem to be soft on or off the field. And he said that they repeatedly targeted Jonathan Martin for that to the point that one time — whether it was playful or not — they even talked about fining him a game check because he was so soft.”

Trotter said that to his knowledge, players on both sides of the ball were involved in this fining practice, which he described as part of the locker room culture for the Dolphins.

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Miami Dolphins fans support Richie Incognito with signs

Free Incognito sign

Some Miami Dolphins fans may feel embarrassed about what’s going on with their team, but others are standing by Richie Incognito. Some attended the Monday night game between the Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium and had signs with messages supporting Incognito.

The Miami Herald captured this photo of fans showing their support of Incognito:

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Jonathan Martin’s I will murder your whole family text message to Richie Incognito was a meme

I will murder meme

Attorney David Cornwell shared on Twitter what he says was the “I will murder your whole” family text message Jonathan Martin sent to Richie Incognito, and it turns out the text was a photo-based meme rather than typed out words.

Cornwell shared a photo of the meme image Martin sent Incognito. Beware – there is a bad word in the image that may be offensive.

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Shannon Sharpe blasts Dolphins for letting Richie Incognito use n-word (Video)

Shannon Sharpe CBSShannon Sharpe spoke powerfully about the Miami Dolphins and Richie Incognito situation on Sunday during the CBS NFL pregame show “The NFL Today,” blasting the team for allowing the lineman to use the n-word.

Sharpe said flat-out that he doesn’t believe the Dolphins are telling the truth about Incognito and that they are saying what they think people want to hear.

“From what I’m hearing from the Dolphins, from what I’ve read in the paper, I don’t believe they’re telling the truth,” Sharpe said.

Sharpe then struck out against the culture he believes the team “allowed to flourish” in the locker room. Specifically, Sharpe explained how powerful the n-word is and how he can’t believe the team’s players allowed Incognito to use the epithet. He also said “there’s no such thing” as someone being an “honorary” black man, which is what one former Dolphins player reportedly said to describe the situation.

The n-word is often used in a casual way from one person to another black person, which is supposedly how Incognito was using it. Warren Sapp even says Incognito call him it during a game. Some feel — and some in the Dolphins locker room believe — that Incognito had a pass to use the word. Sharpe explains why he and many others feel it’s an unacceptable term.

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Don Shula: Dolphins took a chance on Richie Incognito and it backfired

1972 Miami Dolphins Don ShulaMiami Dolphins coaching legend Don Shula gave his take on the Richie Incognito situation earlier this week. Shula, who won back-to-back Super Bowls in the 1970s and coached his team to a perfect 16-0 season, questioned the team’s decision to have Incognito on the roster in the first place.

“You win with good people on and off the field,” Shula told the Miami Herald’s Greg Cote. “They took a chance on a guy with a bad reputation, and it backfired on them.”

As you know, the NFL is currently looking into allegations that Incognito bullied teammate Jonathan Martin. Incognito supposedly left Martin a threatening voicemail and was the ring leader for teammates who hazed the former Stanford star. But there were warning signs off the field before the Martin situation.

In 2012, Incognito was accused of sexually harassing an employee at a golf tournament. We also saw a video of him stomping around at a bar with his shirt off acting like an idiot. The Dolphins reportedly considered releasing Incognito before the season but decided to hold onto him because they were thin at offensive line. Shula said it bothers him to see his former team dealing with issues like these.

“It hurts,” Shula said. “You hate to see it happening.”

According to Cote, Shula was referring to several years of letdowns with the Dolphins organization — not just the Incognito mess. It’s tough to argue with the legend.

Miami Dolphins reportedly considered releasing Richie Incognito before season

Richie IncognitoSeveral of the Miami Dolphins players have defended Richie Incognito throughout the Jonathan Martin bullying investigation, but you have to wonder if the team is wishing they released him in hindsight. Incognito seems to have become more trouble than he’s worth, and the Dolphins reportedly came close to partying ways with him before the season.

According to Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald, the Dolphins did not see a future for Incognito on their roster beyond the 2013 season. They were reportedly going to release him during the offseason but decided they did not have enough talent on their offensive front. Did his off-field behavior have anything to do with it?

As we have learned, Incognito has been reckless at times during non-football activities. Between rumors that he sexually harassed an employee at a golf event and used to regularly hold offensive line meetings at a strip club, it sounds like the 30-year-old is no stranger to partying. And let’s not forget that ridiculous video where he was stomping around a bar with his shirt off going nuts.

“I don’t think it was a secret that Richie liked to go out and have a good time,” Dolphins offensive tackle Tyson Clabo recently said. “And I’m sure that we’ve all gone out and had a few too many and called somebody and don’t even remember what we said on the voicemail.”

Earlier this week, a report indicated that Incognito will likely never play a snap for the Dolphins again. Given the events that have unfolded, it’s probably safe to assume the team wishes it could have said that four months ago.

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