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.