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League was made aware of Incognito golf course incident

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With Dolphins coach Joe Philbin claiming that the team took immediate (but private) action in response to guard Richie Incognito’s May 2012 golf course misadventures, the question becomes whether the NFL was made aware of the potential personal-conduct policy violation.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the league office was informed about the incident.  It’s not known what if anything the league did in response.

The alleged victim’s refusal to talk about the matter due to a confidentiality agreement strongly suggests that money changed hands to prevent either a lawsuit or the pressing of criminal charges.  Basically, Incognito cut a check in order to avoid being arrested and/or prosecuted and, ultimately, disciplined in a far more public manner by the Dolphins or the league.

This specific situation likely was complicated by the fact that it happened during an official team golf event.  The conduct isn’t good for Incognito; publicizing it wouldn’t have been good for anybody — especially with Hard Knocks poised to descend on the team’s upcoming training camp.

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31 Responses to “League was made aware of Incognito golf course incident”
  1. melikefootball says: Nov 9, 2013 1:37 PM

    How does Gödel and his henchman explain letting that slip by. The NFL is really taking a step back the last few years with all the extras that have nothing to do with the game on the field.

  2. qdog112 says: Nov 9, 2013 1:43 PM

    Dare I say there’s a double standard practiced by the NFL?

    This was given a pass. What active player has a rap like his? He is the NFL equivalent of Johnny Manziel.

  3. usmutts says: Nov 9, 2013 1:44 PM

    … and the fact that the NFL ( meaning the Right Honorable Roger Goodell ) has been complicit in covering up Incognito’s criminal assaults on citizens while representing the Dolphins and, by extension, the NFL, means that the laughably “independent counsel investigation” ( hired, paid, and directed by the Right Honorable Roger Goodell ) will conclude with … wait for it … a cover up.

  4. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 9, 2013 1:52 PM

    Weed = SUSPENSION

    Molesting strangers with golf clubs = NO SUSPENSION

  5. waldoampere says: Nov 9, 2013 2:03 PM

    Goodell and Philbin consulted with Dean Wormer and put Incognito on double secret probation.

  6. primenumber19 says: Nov 9, 2013 2:09 PM

    For anyone still defending incognito realize this is the fourth team he has been kicked off of since college.

  7. mrlaloosh says: Nov 9, 2013 2:09 PM

    Anything that might cause a hit to revenue will be dealt with.
    Other than that, they don’t care. $$$$$$ controls everything NFL.

  8. aldavis4president says: Nov 9, 2013 2:13 PM

    Nothing happened because he’s white. Just like big benworthlessburger and honkey riley cooper. Smh.

  9. mybrunoblog says: Nov 9, 2013 2:14 PM

    I knew hardly anything about Richie Incognito 10 days ago. Now I’m hearing this guy has a track record worse than many players who’ve already been suspended multiple times. I have only one question about this guy. What were his whereabouts on November 22, 1963.

  10. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 9, 2013 2:18 PM

    Maybe the league didn’t act on the report, but don’t you dare say they didn’t listen.

  11. dbo2020 says: Nov 9, 2013 2:33 PM

    Yup, class act. As his teammates have testified, Richie is a “great guy”.

  12. jason1980 says: Nov 9, 2013 2:41 PM

    What I find interesting is that Goddell and the league office has never been so silent. They were up front and in your face during the bogus “bounty gate” scandal. The Dolphins scandal……..NOTHING. Hmm.

  13. ratsfoiledagain says: Nov 9, 2013 2:59 PM

    melikefootball says:
    Nov 9, 2013 1:37 PM
    How does Gödel and his henchman explain letting that slip by. The NFL is really taking a step back the last few years with all the extras that have nothing to do with the game on the field.
    ********************
    What could the league do? They cannot fine or suspend the guy. There was no trial. The NFLPA would have filed a grievance and won.

    We’re finding out more and more about Ingconito, and how much of a bad apple he truly is. In the end, the league didn’t have much of a leg to stand on to suspend/fine the guy for this incident.

  14. jacobslatter says: Nov 9, 2013 3:02 PM

    Just let Incognito come back into the league & let his NFL career continue for as long as it does with whichever team he lands on. He’s already 30+ so 2-3 years at the max for a player who will certainly be humbled into behaving more properly towards other members of the human race with all this publicity he’s received. He’ll forever be a punk but at least some QB will receive slightly better protection & a RB will get an extra hole or 2 to help out a team compared to all the lesser players in the league on the O-line, which is all that really matters.

  15. texaspistoleer says: Nov 9, 2013 3:29 PM

    This just reveals the blatant hypocrisy of Goodell & the NFL — harsh punishment only if it gets publicity, but nothing if no publicity. They are more concerned with appearances than behavior or justice.

  16. georgecarlan says: Nov 9, 2013 3:30 PM

    I wonder how much each rookie had to put in to

    help pay the settlement?

  17. oldcracker says: Nov 9, 2013 3:31 PM

    Maybe the NFL would do something about this butt-clown if he wore the wrong colored socks or shoes.

  18. axman72 says: Nov 9, 2013 3:34 PM

    Dude is scum, no question about it. WTF is going on with the Miami Dolphins?

  19. digsbydiamond says: Nov 9, 2013 4:42 PM

    Perhaps the league should be doubling it’s efforts at catching steroid abusers. As baseball has shown, cheating is rampant and Incognito’s actions scream roid rage.

  20. koenig61 says: Nov 9, 2013 4:57 PM

    For those of you claiming the league could have done nothing about incognito and the golf course incident, remember Goodell suspended Ben roethlisberger for 6 games and Ben wasn’t even charged. The alleged victim in the first case bragged about sleeping with him, and the alleged victim in the second case was shown to not have had intercourse after being evaluated by a hospital. So if Rodger had the power to suspend roethlisberger, he had the power to suspend incognito. The league is full of double standards and hypocrisy from the top down to include the alleged concern for players safety, and the inconsistency of the fine system, for socks and shoe colors and personal fouls. I may still enjoy watching football, but believe me when I say I trust very little the NFL says or does.

  21. bobzilla1001 says: Nov 9, 2013 5:16 PM

    You Roethlisberger Apologists’ insecurities are rampant. Unbelievable.
    Roethlisberger is a high-profile, franchise quarterback. He was suspended because he strutted into a college bar with a rockstar-like posse and proceeded to provide underage college kids alcohol. He blocked off an entire section of the bar and told his bodyguards that “no men” were allowed in that area.
    Roethlisberger was not suspended for any alleged crime. He was suspended because he was behaving very un-franchise-quarterback-like.
    Roethlisberger was accompanied that night by offensive lineman Willie Colon, who was not suspended.
    Quarterbacks and linemen are NOT equal, which ought to explain their different paygrades.

  22. km41964 says: Nov 9, 2013 5:23 PM

    Just like always . normal person in jail. players and coaches it is private. I believe it is a sport they need to be role models. Coach should be investigated now by NFL or will they give him a pass too lol. they are no more special then the our armed forces or and hard working man or woman. Clean it up NFL

  23. bonniebengal says: Nov 9, 2013 6:59 PM

    doctorrustbelt says:
    Nov 9, 2013 1:52 PM
    Weed = SUSPENSION

    Molesting strangers with golf clubs = NO SUSPENSION

    ——————————————-

    And you have to wonder if race is a factor. The NFL will do a coverup for the white guy, perhaps?

  24. mb2020 says: Nov 9, 2013 7:13 PM

    C’mon man, Chad “Ocho Cinco” Johnson was on a short “one incident” leash and in Incognito case the coach handle EVERYTHING in house without the big house hearing about it. Bring back Chad and loosen up the leash!

  25. lucimorland says: Nov 9, 2013 7:48 PM

    Did he hit her with an NFL-sponsored golf club, or did he go with a some unsanctioned brand?

    Because that’s a 10k fine right there.

  26. northshorejag says: Nov 9, 2013 10:09 PM

    Just more evidence the press knows nothing more than they are told

  27. trollingforjustice says: Nov 9, 2013 10:12 PM

    Police are now searching lake Okeechobee for the golf clubs that Incognito is suspected of throwing them into………

  28. ptboy24 says: Nov 9, 2013 10:48 PM

    I don’t think it matters who he is or what race he is…If the NFL can cover it up or pay someone off that what they’ll do no matter how serious the infraction. However, if it its the headlines? Then its off-with-their-heads time. Code of conduct, high standards blah, blah, blah. Only unquestionable rule? Protect the Shield!

  29. koenig61 says: Nov 9, 2013 10:59 PM

    Bobzilla. As usual your bias towards roethlisberger shows. The point I was making, that most everyone else seemed to get was, that with just circumstantial evidence against roethlisberger, Goodell could still suspend him. Goodell could have and should have suspended incognito, especially with all of these fines for wrong socks, wrong shoes etc. I’m pretty sure we are all familiar with the fact that there’s a double standard when it comes to QBs and offensive linemen. The argument wasn’t whether of not there’s a double standard, but whether or not Goodell should change that and start treating everyone the same. No one was apologizing for roethlisbergers indescrections. My point was, Goodell has the power to fine/suspend anyone. He chose not to do it with incognito despite all of the evidence showing conduct unbecoming. Goodell needs to show ALL players that any conduct like that will be met with suspensions or fines.

  30. billsfan1 says: Nov 9, 2013 11:00 PM

    I’m beginning to think that Incognito is going to make it on “The Blacklist” soon. As in, episode 9.

  31. doggeatdogg says: Nov 10, 2013 12:44 AM

    If they were not going to suspend him for games, at least they could have excluded him from any leadership position on the team (captain or leadership council).

    Had they done this in may, it could have prevented some (but not all) of the problems they are having today with Martin. ‘The guy in leadership the role is the culprit’.

    This is not monday morning quarterbacking but simple common senses coaching management of the team and player discipline. Bonehead did his thing but this one is on Philbin.

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