Source: Would be "shocked" if Incognito returns
A Miami Dolphins source reiterated Sunday morning he would be “shocked” if guard Richie Incognito plays again for the team despite an agreement this week that allowed the team to extend Incognito’s suspension for two more weeks.
However, indications are that coach Joe Philbin could survive any purge of team employees.
ESPN reported Sunday that Philbin urged the team to release Incognito in the 2012 offseason after Incognito was accused of sexually harassing a volunteer at a team charity golf event.
“You put it together,” the source said, indicating Philbin has been uncomfortable with Incognito.
Unfortunately, Philbin also allowed Incognito to be on the team’s leadership council this season. The council reports directly to Philbin on team matters.
“Nobody is getting off easy on this one,” the source said. “I think (Philbin) has a chance to survive if you think about everything.”
That contention is supported by the fact that Dolphins owner Stephen Ross went out of his way to express support for Philbin in statements after the controversy broke. By contrast, the owner did not mention the name of General Manager Jeff Ireland, who likely overruled Philbin in 2012.
While the Dolphins have agreed to pay Incognito for four of the six weeks he has or will have served under the suspension, the belief is that the report by NFL-designated investigator Ted Wells will be too damning for the team to keep the one-time Pro Bowler.
Specifically, keeping Incognito could leave the team in more difficult situation in possible workplace hostility lawsuits. Aside from the charity golf event, sources said that Incognito harassed a team staff member over his ethnicity and over the employee’s wife. In addition, sources have indicated that other staff members may have been subject to Incognito’s bad behavior.
Aside from working out a further suspension for Incognito, the Dolphins put offensive tack-le Jonathan Martin on the non-football injury list this week. Martin, who left the team and spurred the investigation, will be paid by the Dolphins.
Martin is expected to be traded or released by the team in the offseason.
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