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Eleven days ago, the Dolphins suspended guard Richie Incognito.  On Thursday, he officially launched an attack against the suspension.

According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, Incognito has filed a non-injury grievance under the CBA.  The grievance will be heard by an independent arbitrator.

Over the weekend, we reported that the suspension is indefinite, but that the Dolphins can keep him away for a maximum of four games.  As of Monday, December 2, they have to reinstate him or cut him.

Per Mort, Incognito wants an expedited hearing.  This could reduced his absence, forcing the Dolphins to bring him back or cut him sooner than December 2.

He already has missed one game.  If the arbitrator finds that no suspension was warranted, Incognito would be eligible to receive his game check for the Week 10 contest at Tampa, and for any other games he misses before he is reinstated.

The Dolphins immediately suspended Incognito after receiving evidence from tackle Jonathan Martin regarding alleged harassment, including a voice message in which Incognito uses a racial slur.

“I was appalled, I think anybody would be appalled,” owner Stephen Ross said earlier this week.  “When you first read that text that was reported, to me I didn’t realize people would talk, text or speak that way to people.”

Whether that warrants a four-game suspension — or any suspension — will be determined by an arbitrator.  Either way, it remains unlikely that Incognito will play for the Dolphins again.

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79 Responses to “Incognito files grievance against Dolphins”
  1. jjb0811 says: Nov 14, 2013 3:51 PM

    I saw that coming the day he was dismissed. He’s not giving up $2m w/o a fight nor would I.

  2. butthatmakestoomuchsense says: Nov 14, 2013 3:52 PM

    If the Dolphins don;t want him they should just cut him. Enough of this “suspension” nonsense.

  3. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Nov 14, 2013 3:53 PM

    I’m no Labor Law whiz, but it’ll be interesting to see who the NFLPA union sides with – given that players’ union represents Incognito in his claim against the Dolphins who are resting their termination of the Incognito attack on the basis of allegations brought to the fore by another player the NFLPA represents (Martin).

  4. ctattles says: Nov 14, 2013 3:54 PM

    AFC East and NFC East.

    Both terrible.

    Looks like its just like NBA where the East coast no longer is a factor.

    The East had a good run but the Midwest and West have officially taken over in all significant aspects of american culture.

  5. nuttyj says: Nov 14, 2013 3:55 PM

    Continues to demonstrate the foolishness of unions. If I cuss someone out and threaten there life security could not escort me out sooner, as should the base. So these pompous athletes who all things they are above the law continue to get extra protection for criminal behavior which is a joke.

  6. tobis81 says: Nov 14, 2013 3:55 PM

    LMFAO, this whole thing is just comical… Maybe had you acted like a grown man, and not threatened, and harassed someone at your place of employment you wouldn’t be suspended… Anyone else, at any other job would be fired, and have a lawsuit brought against them. Being as threatening, and harassment are both illegal. The funniest part is all the proof is against him, LOL. What a nasty fat POS… Some of you clowns think because these guys play a kids game for a living it’s ok… Go do the same thing at your job, see why happens, HAHA.

  7. jdubkc says: Nov 14, 2013 3:56 PM

    Incognito was played.

  8. verybadadvice12 says: Nov 14, 2013 3:58 PM

    When Stephen Ross comes out of his gated mansion for some air. someone should let him know language like that is actually pretty common among the everyday working people he wants to fund his stadium.

  9. zam0854 says: Nov 14, 2013 3:58 PM

    In other news, I cut Lamar Miller in my fantasy league bc this dude is straight gar-bage!!!!

  10. citiciti says: Nov 14, 2013 3:58 PM

    FREE Incognito!!!!!!I’m appalled at all the P.C. nonsense.

  11. protectthishouse54 says: Nov 14, 2013 3:59 PM

    Good luck with that one Richie! If you use the n-word, you have no leg to stand on.

  12. dirtybird70 says: Nov 14, 2013 4:00 PM

    no longer incognito

  13. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 14, 2013 4:01 PM

    Just a formality.

  14. sabresfanallday says: Nov 14, 2013 4:02 PM

    Oh, but I they say the c-word it’s ok

  15. fins33 says: Nov 14, 2013 4:02 PM

    The Dolphins knew signing Incognito was a gamble based on his days with the Bills. He has always been a hothead. However, the more that comes out about this the more I think we all rushed to judgement.

  16. harrisonhits2 says: Nov 14, 2013 4:04 PM

    I feel bad for Fins fans. This is being blown all out of proportion to the point where its like it was another Hernandez murder or something heinous like that.

    Bad for the sport and for all the teams.

  17. bsizemore68 says: Nov 14, 2013 4:04 PM

    When will the Black players learn that the N word is not that importance to this issue. Stop using the word, it means nothing at all, if it was so bad then STOP using it. Bill

  18. fins33 says: Nov 14, 2013 4:05 PM

    ctattles says:
    ________________________________
    Looks like its just like NBA where the East coast no longer is a factor.

    The East had a good run but the Midwest and West have officially taken over in all significant aspects of american culture.
    ________________________________

    I think the Miami Heat are on the East coast and not the Midwest or West.

  19. nmdolphan says: Nov 14, 2013 4:07 PM

    Reinstate and extend INCOGNITO now!
    Why isn’t JMART suspended? There is evidence that he too has used racial slurs and threatened Cogs family’s lives.

  20. cantonbound13 says: Nov 14, 2013 4:07 PM

    When the front office is full of clowns the circus will continue.

  21. raideralex99 says: Nov 14, 2013 4:10 PM

    Here’s what I don’t understand.
    Martin walked out on the team after the OL ask him to sit down with THEM at lunch … when Martin sat down … ALL of them got up and left.
    Here is my question … why was only Incognito suspended and not the whole OL.

  22. Wisconsin77 says: Nov 14, 2013 4:10 PM

    Riding the wave coming off his puff piece by his buddy Jay Glazer on Fox, Ingonito thinks he has plenty of ammunition to successfully fight this. I wonder if Glazer will get a piece of his paychecks he gets back for acting as his pseudo PR agent.

  23. Kelly's Chronicles says: Nov 14, 2013 4:10 PM

    A hearing means the facts have to be aired. No way the Dolphins want that. Look for some sort of settlement that the Dolphins will use to buy his silence

  24. makenobones says: Nov 14, 2013 4:11 PM

    I’m more annoyed and appalled by the reaction of NFL fans to this story, than the story itself. Talk about a bunch of meatheads. It seems like a lot of people have made up their mind that Richie Incognito is a bad person. It’s absurd to think you know someone based on what the media tells you about them. Wait for the facts, then make your assumptions. Not the other way around.

  25. jjb0811 says: Nov 14, 2013 4:11 PM

    AFC East and NFC East.

    Both terrible.

    Looks like its just like NBA where the East coast no longer is a factor.

    The East had a good run but the Midwest and West have officially taken over in all significant aspects of american culture.
    __________________________________
    Lets look at recent champs
    Balt
    NYG
    GB
    Saints
    Steelers
    NYG
    Colts
    Steelers
    Pat
    yep, midwest football is dynamite!

  26. seabronco says: Nov 14, 2013 4:11 PM

    Denver needs lineman!

  27. daysend564 says: Nov 14, 2013 4:12 PM

    zam0854 says:
    Nov 14, 2013 3:58 PM
    In other news, I cut Lamar Miller in my fantasy league bc this dude is straight gar-bage!!!!
    =============
    I think you mean Philbin is straight gar-bage!!!

  28. nfl4days says: Nov 14, 2013 4:13 PM

    “Bullygate”

  29. ramitbaby says: Nov 14, 2013 4:16 PM

    Dolphins messed this one up. They should have asked Martin if he wanted to be released early on, done so, and taken the $1 million cap hit…and then invited Incognito back prior to Monday night game. Every day this prolongs digs them deeper in the muck.

  30. daysend564 says: Nov 14, 2013 4:17 PM

    Martin is just a huge baby. He is not made for the NFL and realized he was going to be cut. The writing was on the wall with Clabo and McKinney.

    The guy was making $600k a year, but ESPN says he could sue for $17M. He knew he wasn’t going to last on the Dolphins, so took a guy down with him.

    His Harvard educated parents probably instructed him that he needed to go big or go home, so he drug the guy with the worst rap on the team down with him.

    Dolphins knee jerk reaction was to take Martin’s side and immediately suspend him. Martin was doing a money grab, while Incognito is going for getting drug through the mud.

  31. davikes says: Nov 14, 2013 4:18 PM

    If he has evidence that he was directed to “toughen up” Martin, he and Martin and their lawyers are going to come out way ahead.

  32. @Cereal_22 says: Nov 14, 2013 4:21 PM

    its interesting how the cameras stayed away from Incognito during Hard Knocks…I wonder if that was on orders from Philbin ??

  33. nflgreedleague says: Nov 14, 2013 4:21 PM

    “When you first read that text that was reported, to me I didn’t realize people would talk, text or speak that way to people.”

    How often does Stephen Ross have to say,
    “I didn’t realize”.

    Apparently quite a bit!

  34. ravensgrl says: Nov 14, 2013 4:21 PM

    It will be interesting to see how this goes, especially if he can prove that he was directed by the coaches to “toughen him up”

  35. jakethesnake57 says: Nov 14, 2013 4:24 PM

    I don’t blame him for filing a grievance. How can you suspend a guy without giving him a chance to defend himself? This is America and everyone is innocent until proven guilty.
    There are two sides to every story and no matter how it looks on the surface, you have to hear all sides before taking away paychecks.

  36. steelersaregodsteam says: Nov 14, 2013 4:26 PM

    Aaaaand we march.

    Glory awaits us.

    10-2 run continues.

  37. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 14, 2013 4:26 PM

    And so Chapter 3 begins. Who will make the next mistake? And who will write the ending? It could still end up as a Choose Your Own Adventure book to some degree. Think carefully before you make that page turn choice. There could be some traps laid out.

  38. natelan69 says: Nov 14, 2013 4:30 PM

    Read the text again. The suspension was justified. People were trying to criticize Martin for poising for a lawsuit, but Incognito’s actions today reek of it.

  39. fievel03 says: Nov 14, 2013 4:34 PM

    If there is such a thing as popcorn stock, I’m buying as much as I can afford. This is about to get interesting.

  40. ninefingers9 says: Nov 14, 2013 4:34 PM

    Nice try Fins! But your gonna have to try a little harder if you wanna take the Most Ridiculous Team award away from the Vikings! Close second though! ;)

  41. butthatmakestoomuchsense says: Nov 14, 2013 4:35 PM

    Nov 14, 2013 3:55 PM
    nuttyj says: Nov 14, 2013 3:55 PM

    Continues to demonstrate the foolishness of unions. If I cuss someone out and threaten there life security could not escort me out sooner, as should the base. So these pompous athletes who all things they are above the law continue to get extra protection for criminal behavior which is a joke.

    It appears that you don’t understand that Incognito is fighting an unpaid suspension, not a roster cut or a criminal charge.

    But don’t let facts get in the way of a bad anti-union rant.

  42. 1rockyracoon says: Nov 14, 2013 4:38 PM

    The Dolphins should be worried, very worried. If Igcognito had any conversations with his coaches about toughening up Martin then they are going to face punishment like no team has ever felt. The Patriots’ and Saints’ punishments will look like nothing compared to what the Dolphins may face.

  43. thegreatgabbert says: Nov 14, 2013 4:38 PM

    Rich has had long enough to grieve. Now it’s time for grievance.

  44. makenobones says: Nov 14, 2013 4:38 PM

    daysend564 says:
    Nov 14, 2013 4:17 PM
    Martin is just a huge baby. He is not made for the NFL and realized he was going to be cut. The writing was on the wall with Clabo and McKinney.

    The guy was making $600k a year, but ESPN says he could sue for $17M. He knew he wasn’t going to last on the Dolphins, so took a guy down with him.

    His Harvard educated parents probably instructed him that he needed to go big or go home, so he drug the guy with the worst rap on the team down with him.

    Dolphins knee jerk reaction was to take Martin’s side and immediately suspend him. Martin was doing a money grab, while Incognito is going for getting drug through the mud.
    ————————————————–

    Thank you! I was talking about this exact thing earlier today with a friend. His lawyer parents are trying to help him get his $ because his future in the NFL is bleak. He is a terrible LT and he is even suspect at RT. Why else would you bring up a text months after it was sent, and right after you lost your position as the starting LT? The same text that he showed to the team in the locker room and everyone laughed about it (according to Dolphins players that are actually in the locker room).

  45. baltimoresnativeson says: Nov 14, 2013 4:40 PM

    I’ll take him on the Ravens; need a guard. Plus I doubt he’ll bully anyone in that locker room.

  46. McFaddensPulledHammy says: Nov 14, 2013 4:41 PM

    They better be careful. What happens when someone, say Ndamukong Suh, trash talks someone, say Ritchie Incognito, with “I’m Gonna F- You Up”, for the first half of a game. Incognito gets pissed off, and the first play of the second half, cuts Suh. Suh gets up, pissed off, and says, “I’m gonna kill you”. Does Incognito have a grievance and can walk off the field because of “workplace harassment”?

  47. frank booth says: Nov 14, 2013 4:43 PM

    I think the Jonathan Martin “money grab stories accusing his Harvard-educated parents that are lawyers and it’s all the Martin families fault” are the best of the fables so far- primarily because the people that spout this nonsense have zero basis in fact to support anything, and it barely qualifies as speculation beyond a “shot in the dark.

    People just like to hop on the Harvard and lawyer stereotypes.

  48. therealraider says: Nov 14, 2013 4:52 PM

    If anyone is guilty of “conduct detrimental to the team” its Martin. Martin went AWOL and immediately started leaking info to the media how a harassment claim might be filed.. He never went to his peers, coach, or GM until he was sitting on his couch for days thinking about how to strike. Incognito being a bull in a china shop or locker room in this case is being used as a scapegoat for Martin to collect a settlement from the team and get released from his contract so he can “double dip” as the players like to say.

  49. sportnorcal says: Nov 14, 2013 4:54 PM

    Let me guess:
    He has the same council and advisers as ARod?

  50. azarkhan says: Nov 14, 2013 4:56 PM

    Here’s hoping Richie Incognito wins.

  51. mrfrostyj says: Nov 14, 2013 4:58 PM

    I miss the good old days when all the AFC east stupid stories had to do with Mark Sanchez or Rex Ryan.

  52. jonevans83 says: Nov 14, 2013 5:09 PM

    Why do people cling onto this “toughen up” crap. Even if they did tell him to toughen Martin up, that means absolutely nothing, zip, 0%, nada. lol, you are applying definition to the word that aren’t founded.

  53. makenobones says: Nov 14, 2013 5:10 PM

    frank booth says:
    Nov 14, 2013 4:43 PM
    I think the Jonathan Martin “money grab stories accusing his Harvard-educated parents that are lawyers and it’s all the Martin families fault” are the best of the fables so far- primarily because the people that spout this nonsense have zero basis in fact to support anything, and it barely qualifies as speculation beyond a “shot in the dark.

    People just like to hop on the Harvard and lawyer stereotypes.
    —————————————————-

    I’m certainly not saying this entire thing is solely Martin’s fault or his family’s. I’m sure the blame can be placed on many people within the organization. And yes, you’re right, it is speculation. But then again, what we are all doing on here is speculating and giving our opinion. Most people on here just resort to “Richie is a scumbag” and leave it at that. Some of us like to speculate and delve a little deeper. The fact is Martin left the team high and dry, and you can see how the Dolphins players (the ones that aren’t just speculating) have stuck up for Incognito, not Martin. That should speak volumes to everyone. Why wouldn’t the team be more concerned about Martin? Maybe it’s because they know him more than you and I, and they know Richie too. Why would almost an entire team stick up for “the bully” if things were really getting that bad?

  54. huhsj says: Nov 14, 2013 5:12 PM

    Hmm, why isn’t the author telling Incognito to forgo his appeal and just take accept the punishment like he did for and incident earlier this season?

  55. r8rsfan says: Nov 14, 2013 5:18 PM

    Stop comparing this to your places of employment. Standard office etiquette is not applicable. Unless you’ve played the game, and been in a locker room, your opinion on this matter is not informed enough to carry weight.

  56. imthaschmidt says: Nov 14, 2013 5:23 PM

    This guy may have a bad track record but so do many other ppl in the nfl ( see pacman jones). ones team trash is another teams treasure, this guy will get picked up as soon as he is released.

  57. kwjsb says: Nov 14, 2013 5:24 PM

    Martins mommie weighs in “He hurt my babies feelings”

    Incognito’s mommie chimes in “This is part of life, in every playground and work place, why did you not prepare your child for life ?”

    Goodell adds “This will cost money, football is not a tough or mean sport anymore”

    and he continued …
    “quick bury that thing of James Ihedigbo being caught on the field choking Gregg Little, hurt feelings will do more damage to the league then an open assault.”

  58. unclebluck says: Nov 14, 2013 5:31 PM

    Because the whole team was in on it…thats why they stick up for the bully….

  59. patsfan1820 says: Nov 14, 2013 5:36 PM

    And grass is green. Duh of course he’s going to file a grievance he should have either been kept on the active roster and still played or been cut. Sheesh the horse is dead already enough!

  60. therealraider says: Nov 14, 2013 5:41 PM

    Wanted : A big, strong, physically imposing and mentally tough man.

    Must be able to assert your will by any means necessary including physical and psychological will on other equally imposing men.

    Must not be afraid to fight in fact aggressiveness is encouraged.

    You will be expected to “engage” on command and without prejudice and “Go Hard” until you hear a whistle.

    You must also assure that your “brothers” maintain this attitude in order to strengthen the Pack.

    Job Name: Starting NFL Offensive Lineman.

    who fits the bill?

    Thumbs up for Incognito Thumbs down for Jonathan Martin

  61. pacodawg says: Nov 14, 2013 5:42 PM

    I’ve changed positions on this. I think they were friends and things spiraled out of control. What incognito did happens in every locker room, etc. Ritchie is going down for something that happens all day. It’s a bunch of bs

  62. briang123 says: Nov 14, 2013 5:49 PM

    Martin walked away from the team, yet I have no doubt he isn’t missing any paychecks. Let’s not forget Martin was demoted right before he walked, and that was the first real failure of his life. If there is one thing I know he learned at Stanford, it is the culture of victimhood. Sorry, it just feels like Duke Lacrosse all over again.

  63. mykpfsu says: Nov 14, 2013 5:50 PM

    All he needs to do is show any similiar texts from Martin and the Dolphins are well and truly screwed.

  64. jintsfan says: Nov 14, 2013 5:59 PM

    It’s not illegal when one employee harasses another. It’s only illegal when management does it. I originally jumped to the conclusion that it was all Incognito the racist bully, who I never liked but I think he genuinely, in his own mind, thought that Martin was a friend and that his “style of talking” to him was understood as being a buddy not a threatening bully. I think he was shocked when it was suggested that he had any malice toward Martin, because Martin was so insecure and so wanted to have friends on the team that he played along w/ this banter as if it was acceptable to him. Very unfortunate for both guys going forward

  65. d0minate says: Nov 14, 2013 6:10 PM

    It’s not like he smashed a bottle over the guys head or anything.. oh wait.. no suspensions over that over in San Fran…

  66. fubar5150 says: Nov 14, 2013 6:14 PM

    Hope he wins

  67. d0minate says: Nov 14, 2013 6:15 PM

    An excerpt from more of our great NFL history.. again.. I say, what did incognito due, when compared to Ray Lewis:

    :Their murders remain unsolved. But as the anniversary of their deaths approaches — and as Lewis dances into the sunset of his NFL career — the victims’ relatives are still seething at him. While Priscilla Lollar says she’s “numb” to Lewis, others want answers. And justice.

    “My nephew was brutally beaten and murdered and nobody is paying for it,” Baker’s uncle, Greg Wilson, told USA TODAY Sports. “Everything is so fresh in our mind, it’s just like it happened yesterday. We’ll never forget this.”

    Only Lewis pleaded guilty in relation to the case: for obstruction of justice, a misdemeanor. He originally was charged with two counts of murder but struck a deal with prosecutors in exchange for his testimony against two of his companions that night, Reginald Oakley and Joseph Sweeting.

    Lewis never directly linked his two friends to the killings, and they were acquitted. Lewis had testified that Oakley, Sweeting and another man had gone to a sporting goods store the previous day to buy knives. Baker’s blood later was found in Lewis’ limo. Having fled the crime scene, Lewis told the limo’s passengers to “keep their mouths shut.” The white suit Lewis was wearing that night — on Super Bowl Sunday — never was found.

    “I’m not trying to end my career like this,” Lewis said in his hotel that night, according to the testimony of a female passenger in the limo.

    He didn’t. For his punishment, Lewis received one year of probation and a $250,000 fine by the NFL.:

  68. flexx91 says: Nov 14, 2013 6:19 PM

    Aside from the racist remarks, Incognito is beginning to look like the real victim. If the media reports up to this point are accurate, he definitely has a strong case.

  69. noncentsicle says: Nov 14, 2013 6:24 PM

    Ross must not get away from the country club much if he wasn’t aware that people talked that way to each other.

  70. rajbais says: Nov 14, 2013 6:53 PM

    They breached his contract.

    He will win.

  71. donmcg2012 says: Nov 14, 2013 6:59 PM

    Incognito a victim? Ask the woman at the golf outing who was the victim.

  72. strongmackn says: Nov 14, 2013 7:20 PM

    Incognito is a grown man he and the dolphins didnt put a gun to his head. This is a ridiculous angle for him to take to deflect wrongdoing on his behalf.

  73. dodohead418 says: Nov 14, 2013 7:26 PM

    How fast will this get overturned?

  74. kevishu says: Nov 14, 2013 8:05 PM

    This is horrible. Incognito got himself into this. This is a very simple case to arbitrate. Simply ask… was Incognito FORCED (via substantial financial and/or life threats) by anyone OTHER THAN his own inner voice to say/write the words of harassment to Jonathan Martin? If yes, then, by all means, proceed with investigation. If no, then no amount defense on his part can diminish the fact that he chose to make the harassing statements himself. Interestingly, he already admitted publicly that he made those harassing statements. Therefore, no need to drag this out any further. His past (and present) obviously suggest he does not possess desirable character, especially in a professional environment. In my opinion, I would support a decision by the NFL to ban him from the NFL for life on the basis of unprofessional character in a highly publicized professional sport. Certainly no need to promote his character, or lack thereof, any further.

  75. kerryc21realty says: Nov 14, 2013 8:28 PM

    Martin should have gone to the coach or somebody in house. You don’t just walk off the field and go home.

  76. teek77 says: Nov 14, 2013 8:43 PM

    It seems evident to me that Martin played Incognito and the Dolphins. When he realized that he wasn’t playing on a team with championship talent, he decided that he could use Incognito to win big money without having to work for it. He and his Harvard law degree parents decided to use the courts, no only to make money, but to make a name for themselves and pave the way for future book sales. As for the text messages, although the racism crosses the line, vulgarity among men in locker rooms, in the military, and among law enforcement officers is not unusual. In addition, Incognito has shared vulgar text messages from Martin to him with the press. Thus far, a significantly larger percentage of NFL players would prefer to have Incognito on their team than Martin. He just doesn’t belong.

  77. ironman721 says: Nov 14, 2013 10:08 PM

    Cut him and cut your losses!

  78. ahs2 says: Nov 14, 2013 10:16 PM

    As he should…pay him or cut him. Docking hom all that money for a text message is ridiculous

  79. mogogo1 says: Nov 15, 2013 11:21 AM

    I’d bet he wins. And the NFLPA is going to back him because suspensions at the drop of a hat with basically no investigation prior aren’t how players want to see things done, even if it turns out Incognito was totally guilty in this case.

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