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Philbin: Dolphins “took immediate action” after woman accused Incognito of battery

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Until this week, it hadn’t been publicly revealed that a woman working at a Dolphins golf outing a year and a half ago had accused offensive lineman Richie Incognito of battery. But Dolphins coach Joe Philbin says the team did deal with the matter privately, at the time it happened.

“We were made of aware of the situation, we took immediate action,” Philbin said today. “Any club action we took against any player would remain private.”

Of course, it’s not entirely true to say that “any club action” would remain private: After all, when the Dolphins took action against Incognito for harassing teammate Jonathan Martin, that action didn’t remain private. The Dolphins issued a public statement announcing the suspension. Perhaps if the Dolphins had suspended Incognito for his actions at the golf outing, he would have gotten the message that he needed to change his behavior. Instead, the Dolphins decided to keep the matter hush-hush. And even now, a year and a half later, Philbin won’t say what action the Dolphins took against Incognito at the time.

Philbin also said that Martin could have approached him at any time if he felt he was being mistreated by Incognito or other teammates.

“I believe I’m approachable to the players,” Philbin said.

Despite the distraction that the Incognito-Martin situation has caused, Philbin said his team’s focus is on Monday night’s game against the Buccaneers.

“We don’t get paid for distractions. We get paid to go out and perform. We have a big game on Monday night,” Philbin said.

It’s a game that the Dolphins may need to win in order to keep their season from spiraling out of control.

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67 Responses to “Philbin: Dolphins “took immediate action” after woman accused Incognito of battery”
  1. buttfumbles says: Nov 9, 2013 1:03 PM

    LOLphins

  2. rodeoclownclint24 says: Nov 9, 2013 1:04 PM

    Dolphins are a joke of an organization

  3. i, flounder says: Nov 9, 2013 1:05 PM

    did he sh-t in her mouth? he seems to have a thing for that.

  4. filmex2000 says: Nov 9, 2013 1:06 PM

    Never thought I’d say this, but Go Bucs !

  5. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 9, 2013 1:08 PM

    So…. what did the dolphins do to incognito when he assaulted the club bouncer in August 2013?!?

  6. gadzod says: Nov 9, 2013 1:09 PM

    So, you slapped him on the wrist. Being in the military, if I committed sexual assault at my job or official function…. Hell, or at ANY time for that matter, I’d be sitting in a jail cell right now. I’m sure that would go for a vast majority of Americans as well.

  7. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 9, 2013 1:10 PM

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/08/21/in-hotel-incident-incognito-told-police-he-was-breaking-up-a-fight/

  8. surfinbird1 says: Nov 9, 2013 1:11 PM

    Cover up on top of cover up. Gonna get real ugly.

  9. promickey says: Nov 9, 2013 1:13 PM

    Re: Joe Philbin

    I have never seen a more honorable man not tell the truth so much.

  10. lgw91s says: Nov 9, 2013 1:14 PM

    immediate action = suitcase of cash and confidentiality agreement

  11. GrossmanDaSexCannon says: Nov 9, 2013 1:15 PM

    They punished Richie with a High-five and a slap on the ass. I think he learned his lesson.

  12. doresb21 says: Nov 9, 2013 1:16 PM

    By “immediate action”, he means paid the woman off so she didn’t file charged and go public

    Great organization you go going there, Joe. Do one right thing and just admit your mistakes now

  13. 3yardsndust says: Nov 9, 2013 1:16 PM

    Philbin does not have any credibility at this point. He’s just trying to protect himself.

  14. ratbastardshanahandjob says: Nov 9, 2013 1:17 PM

    “We were made of aware of the situation, we took immediate action,” (to protect our player(s) Philbin said today. “That young women was banished immediately and forever from a Dolphin sponsered event……….

  15. sbaltimore says: Nov 9, 2013 1:18 PM

    What? Are the ‘Fins jealous of all the negative press the Bucs have been getting this year, and decided to get into the hunt for equal press?!!!

  16. florioleadswitnesses says: Nov 9, 2013 1:20 PM

    But they cut Chad Johnson…

  17. mrbigass says: Nov 9, 2013 1:24 PM

    Immediate action = stern talking to with a disapproving finger wag.

  18. vikesfansteve says: Nov 9, 2013 1:26 PM

    They are supposed to report any type of incident like that immediately to the NFLPA. The fact they kept it quiet was a violation right there. Philbin is a Dbag.

  19. harrisonhits2 says: Nov 9, 2013 1:27 PM

    The immediate action they took was likely hooking Incognito up with the team attorneys so he’d have help buying her off.

    You can be sure Incognito didn’t draw up the confidentiality agreement she signed.

    And since she decided that the amount offered was enough to compensate her and not proceed with criminal charges, that was her choice.

  20. rwt37 says: Nov 9, 2013 1:28 PM

    Based on what I have read Martin overreacted the real issue is pressure and pride. Pressure to perform and pride in being demoted to right tackle. McKinney played well after 2 days practice yet Martin performance was not good. Martin knew he would be relegated to the right side even if 34 yr old McKinney is replaced next year. The issue was not ingog as Martin admitted early on.

  21. usmutts says: Nov 9, 2013 1:36 PM

    “Martin could have approached me at any time.”

    It seems pretty obvious that anytime Philbin has in the past been approached about Incognito’s criminal assaults on other people Philbin does nothing except cover up for the criminal.

    Surely this didn’t escape Martin’s notice that approaching Philbin about Incognito would only result in nothing being done about Incognito.

    Here are the known facts at this time: 1. Incognito verbally assaulted Martin and his family 2. Martin did not physically assault Incognito as this would be a crime ( it’s a criminal act to physically assault a person for merely saying hateful words – there’s no such thing as “fighting words.”) 3. Incognito acted like a schoolyard bully and Martin acted like a man.

  22. TheWizard says: Nov 9, 2013 1:36 PM

    And to think for weeks and weeks Florio has been rabble-rousing to get a Florida coach fired.

    Just the wrong one.

  23. badmoonrison says: Nov 9, 2013 1:38 PM

    Funny how the sun has shined so greatly on Schiano as of late. I would have never guessed we would go a week without seeing his name and his trainwreck of an organization mentioned on PFT.

  24. dapackisback says: Nov 9, 2013 1:39 PM

    Their immediate action was to make him a team leader, him being such a fine example to young players and all.
    They also made him hold his meetings at strip clubs where women actually appreciate that kind of attention. Provided you tip them enough.

  25. babyphife says: Nov 9, 2013 1:40 PM

    who ordered the code red on santiago?

  26. packerbackernj says: Nov 9, 2013 1:40 PM

    gadzod says:
    So, you slapped him on the wrist. Being in the military, if I committed sexual assault at my job or official function…. Hell, or at ANY time for that matter, I’d be sitting in a jail cell right now. I’m sure that would go for a vast majority of Americans as well.
    ————–

    Only if you’re male. There’s an alarming number of females complaining of sexual harassment and seeing nothing done about it. So much for that theory.

  27. clownsfan says: Nov 9, 2013 1:42 PM

    This guy needs to go. He knew what was going on and allowed it or he didn’t know meaning he’s oblivious. Either way he comes off as a joke.

  28. g35phin says: Nov 9, 2013 1:43 PM

    Jonathan Martin the type of dude to wear a towel on his head out the shower

  29. g35phin says: Nov 9, 2013 1:43 PM

    Jonathan Martin the type of dude to wrap his finger around the telephone cord while he’s talking.

  30. sweetshadow13 says: Nov 9, 2013 1:53 PM

    Would anyone else’s employer make it public if they were disciplining an employee? I think not.

    And I don’t want to say sexual harassment is not a serious issue, but if anyone here thinks the timing of this golf course story is a coincidence, you are out of your mind. Blood in the water.

  31. patricesw says: Nov 9, 2013 1:56 PM

    Immediate action on quieting the woman so it stays inside..but he’s a honorable..ok..coach needs to b suspended too smh

  32. adamthescumbag says: Nov 9, 2013 1:56 PM

    The Floridian NFL teams are doing the league proud.

  33. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 9, 2013 2:00 PM

    richie incognito is the type of guy to get kicked of Nebraska’s football team, get kicked off Oregon’s football team, get kicked off St. Louis Rams football team, get kicked off Buffalo Bills football team, assault a woman with a golf club, assault a club bouncer, and send racist messages to co-workers.

  34. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 9, 2013 2:01 PM

    Oh…. I forgot…. get kicked off Miami Dolphins football team, too.

  35. MyTeamsAllStink says: Nov 9, 2013 2:01 PM

    so the Dolphins take the Paterno approach and look the other way on these matters.

  36. therealtrenches says: Nov 9, 2013 2:07 PM

    They “took immediate action?”

    Let me guess: they called Jonathan Martin in and asked him to lead Incognito through some sensitivity courses.

  37. rdrs68 says: Nov 9, 2013 2:13 PM

    too little too late for this obvious attempt to deflect what is coming.

  38. bonniebengal says: Nov 9, 2013 2:26 PM

    Apparently they responded by putting Incognito on their leadership council. How does a guy like that get on the Dolphins leadership council?

  39. zeke2517 says: Nov 9, 2013 2:28 PM

    I must say, when I watched this joke of a franchise on “Hard Knocks” I was reminded of the “R” word every time this coach and GM appeared on camera.

    So this complete lack of control doesn’t surprise me.

  40. ridgebak says: Nov 9, 2013 2:28 PM

    “We were made of aware of the situation, we took immediate action,” Philbin said today. “Any club action we took against any player would remain private.”

    ———————————————–

    In other words, we paid her off and we almost got away with it, if it wasn’t for you meddling kids.

  41. deadlevelbest says: Nov 9, 2013 2:30 PM

    I guess she just doesn’t understand the WARRIOR CODE.

  42. zeke2517 says: Nov 9, 2013 2:30 PM

    “Apparently they responded by putting Incognito on their leadership council. How does a guy like that get on the Dolphins leadership council?”

    “R” word, dude.

  43. pafinsfan says: Nov 9, 2013 2:32 PM

    AS a dolphins fan since 1974, all I can say is, I hope this fiasco causes a housecleaning from the very top, (owner Clown Ross, Ireland to the bottom. It’s like groundhog day in South Florida. I may actually go a lifetime without ever seeing them win a super bowl. Sheesh, what a disgrace.

  44. 1rockyracoon says: Nov 9, 2013 2:40 PM

    Philbin doesn’t seem to understand his lack of leadership. It appears that Martin didn’t feel like he could go to his head coach. The other problem with the dolphins is the fact that so many other head coaches and teams have come out and said they don’t have this type of culture in their own locker rooms. Hazing, in any form, is not universal in the NFL. Go Bucs! The NFL must be proud of the upcoming Monday night game.

  45. surly1n1nd1anapol1s says: Nov 9, 2013 2:43 PM

    Why would Martin not trust Philbin? They had already covered up battery on a woman! He had a reasonable expectation that the same would happen, at best, to his own circumstance. That the head coach doesn’t seem aware of this continues to provide evidence that he cannot manage his personnel.

  46. xpensivewinos says: Nov 9, 2013 2:44 PM

    We’ve reached a really fun part here and that’s when a real creep like Philbin (who has to be a creep, because he was hired by a creep, Ireland) is so far out over the skis that they have to lie even when they know everyone knows it’s a lie and they probably have some idea of how incredibly stupid and pathetic they look to the public. This guy is not successful or wealthy enough to be that far out of touch with reality.

    Not sure if his hands are tied because there is an “official investigation” going on being conducted by the NFL so punishment has to wait for due process, but with his brand being damaged to this extent, Ross is going to have to pull the trigger on Ireland and Philbin even if for some reason he still doesn’t want to. Those guys have to fall on their swords. The severance package they get (and totally don’t deserve) will certainly stop the bleeding……..

    Can’t imagine Stephen Ross purchased the Miami Dolphins to simply be a joke as part of late night comedian’s monologue, but that’s what he’s allowed Jeff Ireland and Joe Philbin to do.

  47. intforatd says: Nov 9, 2013 2:48 PM

    “It’s a game that the Dolphins may need to win in order to keep their season from spiraling out of control.”

    Like Atlanta’s season, or Houston’s season? Don’t worry nay sayers, after Monday night, Miami will be 5-3 and in the thick of the playoff picture. Anything is an upgrade from Martin, he was barn door at Left Tackle.

  48. bleedrangerblue says: Nov 9, 2013 2:51 PM

    Yay dolphins suck. Go J-E-T-S ! Jets jets jets !!!

  49. edog1982 says: Nov 9, 2013 2:51 PM

    Free incognito!!!!!!

  50. phillipallen66 says: Nov 9, 2013 2:56 PM

    She should’ve just “manned up” and punched him. Oh wait….

  51. myhawks1976 says: Nov 9, 2013 3:00 PM

    can we send all 3 Florida based teams to London? and then forget to ever put them on an NFL schedule again. Ever.

  52. universalseeder305 says: Nov 9, 2013 3:02 PM

    So let get this straight, Richie gets into a fight at a club n breaks a bouncers jaw. Awhile later he sexually molests a woman with with a golf club and nothing happens!?!
    All while Justin Blackman and Von Miller have substance abuse problems which they have been suspended for instead of being sent to rehab and counseling?!?
    But it’s okay cuz Richie finally got suspended for calling some one a half n-word, which by the way Riley Cooper called someone a full n-word and nothing happened to him. (scarring my head)
    So then according to the Roger Goodell violence and sexual molestation is okay, racially ignorant comments are kind of okay, but substance abuse must not be tolerated!!???!!

  53. ratsfoiledagain says: Nov 9, 2013 3:03 PM

    doctorrustbelt says:
    Nov 9, 2013 1:08 PM
    So…. what did the dolphins do to incognito when he assaulted the club bouncer in August 2013?!?
    ****************
    The Dolphins said: “Don’t do that again. Now, go ‘toughen’ up that Martin kid.”

  54. mrcogburn says: Nov 9, 2013 3:09 PM

    You ladies need to calm down. All we have ears so far is tabloid boilerplate. Let the legal proceedings proceed an providence the evidence. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon and stand your post. Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you’re entitled to.

  55. dlk47823 says: Nov 9, 2013 3:15 PM

    I’m still trying to figure out how the Dolphins go from 4-4 to 5-3? Do you get to subtract a loss if you beat mighty TB???

  56. bamboozle99 says: Nov 9, 2013 3:34 PM

    It was more likely immediate in-action.

  57. peytonsneck18 says: Nov 9, 2013 3:42 PM

    they.just.put him in the corner in time.out

  58. scottheis82 says: Nov 9, 2013 3:49 PM

    Unbelievable Coach used such a bad choice of words. When answering questions about a player touching a woman on the golf course with his golf club, he puts out a statement that uses the words… “club action and private” that was awesome

  59. matt24bucs says: Nov 9, 2013 4:10 PM

    How easy it seems now to tell lie upon lie and to think doing so is ok. Public sports figures, high level politicians, doesn’t matter now who says them. They ALL say them. Lie, lie, lie, and lie some more….

  60. xpensivewinos says: Nov 9, 2013 4:30 PM

    Philbin looks like a guy who knows the other shoe is about to drop…..

  61. pacodawg says: Nov 9, 2013 5:33 PM

    Did he say big game? Winless bucs? How big would the game be if they played in the Super Bowl?

  62. phillyphinsfan says: Nov 9, 2013 6:38 PM

    Time to clean house, including Ireland.

  63. TheWizard says: Nov 9, 2013 7:36 PM

    It’s like groundhog day in South Florida. I may actually go a lifetime without ever seeing them win a super bowl.

    Never say die, man.

    It can change in 2 years if you get lucky with the right combination of people.

  64. realitycheckbaby says: Nov 9, 2013 7:48 PM

    ratsfoiledagain says: Nov 9, 2013 3:03 PM

    doctorrustbelt says:
    Nov 9, 2013 1:08 PM
    So…. what did the dolphins do to incognito when he assaulted the club bouncer in August 2013?!?
    ****************
    The Dolphins said: “Don’t do that again. Now, go ‘toughen’ up that Martin kid.”
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Which would still be more than Pittsburgh did when they found out their QB was a rapist.

  65. commonsensedude says: Nov 9, 2013 9:12 PM

    Based on all the stuff that’s been coming out and the stuff that’s getting ready to come out, I have an idea for an immediate action that Philbin should take: update his resume. Barring some bizarre turn of events, Miami is going to completely clean house.

  66. 2ndaryinsanity says: Nov 9, 2013 9:57 PM

    Sure they did….if you count a slap on the wrist, a stern talking to, and banning O-line meetings in the strip club for a week.

  67. jonahfalcon says: Nov 10, 2013 1:59 PM

    By taking immediate action, they mean having someone apologize to the woman after Incognito refused to, then put him in a leadership position.

    THE MIAMI DOLPHINS!

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