What started out as an investigation into whether or not Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito harassed teammate Jonathan Martin has turned into a full-blown attack on Incognito’s character. Over the past 24 hours, we have learned that Incognito was accused of sexually harassing a volunteer at a golf event by touching her inappropriately with a golf club. Now, a report claims he used to frequent strip clubs and try to force his teammates to do the same.
According to National Football Post’s Jason Cole, two sources claim Incognito “regularly held meetings for the team’s offensive linemen at a South Florida strip club.” Incognito reportedly demanded that the other linemen attend and would “fine” them if they did not.
“Richie wanted to set up Richie’s world as a way for everybody to act,” a team source reportedly told Cole. “Richie thinks everybody should act that way. He doesn’t get that some guys aren’t into that behavior. Some guys don’t want to constantly explain to their wife or girlfriend why they have to go to a strip club.”
One of the sources added that Incognito would mock any member of the team who chose not to attend and make them feel ostracized.
We don’t know for sure if Incognito was the one who sent that digesting text message about Martin’s sister, but would you be surprised? I know there are people who feel that Incognito has become a scape goat for a culture that is prevalent across the NFL, but there’s usually smoke where there’s fire. Going to the strip club isn’t a big deal. Forcing everyone to be just like you and punishing them if they’re not is obnoxious at the very least.
Full Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin history: