Report: Incognito files grievance
Dolphins guard Richie Incognito, who was suspended indefinitely by the Dolphins in connection with alleged bullying of teammate Jonathan Martin, has filed a grievance against the team, according to ESPN.
Incognito, who was suspended on Nov. 3 following allegations of harassment toward Martin, has missed one game. The most a player can be suspended by a team is four games, which would amount to more than $1.27 million in salary for Incognito.
Under terms of the NFL’s labor agreement, all non-football grievances must be heard by a neutral arbitrator. Incognito has requested an expedited hearing, per the report.
Meanwhile, Martin is expected to meet tomorrow morning with attorney Ted Wells, who was appointed last week by the NFL to perform an independent investigation of the Dolphins’ situation. Martin is expected to meet with Wells in the attorney’s Manhattan-based office.
Incognito insists he did not bully Martin, but admitted sending text messages that could be perceived by others outside the locker room to be racist and/or inappropriate.
“You can ask anybody in the Miami Dolphins' locker room who had Jon Martin's back the absolute most, and they will undoubtedly tell you [it was me]," Incognito said in an interview with Fox Sports. “Jon never showed signs that football was getting to him [or] the locker room was getting to him.”
Martin left the Dolphins on Oct. 28 following an incident in the team's lunchroom. Incognito said Sunday that he and Martin exchanged text messages four days later.
Incognito's phone showed 1,142 text messages between the two players over the past year, according to Fox Sports.
Martin's attorney, David Cornwell, has said Martin was repeatedly harassed by Incognito and others in ways that “went far beyond the traditional locker room hazing.”