Dolphins guard Richie Incognito has filed a non-football injury grievance against the club, challenging his status as “indefinitely suspended” for conduct detrimental, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports citing sources.
Under Article 43 of the collective bargaining agreement, the maximum a player can be suspended by a team for conduct detrimental is four weeks plus an additional game check.
In this case, that would amount to $1,276,470.59. The Dolphins have never defined the length of the suspension, which was announced in the late evening on Nov. 3 following allegations of harassment and misconduct toward teammate Jonathan Martin.
Under the labor agreement, all non-injury grievances must be heard by a neutral arbitrator. Incognito has requested an expedited hearing.
Incognito deflected blame for many of his harsh actions against Martin during an interview with Fox Sports last Sunday. He also accused Martin of using equally crass language, claiming that was the nature of their relationship.
Incognito staunchly denied bullying Martin and claimed to be Martin’s most supportive teammate. Incognito said he was genuinely surprised that Martin left the team and it became a national media firestorm.
“You can ask anybody in the Miami Dolphins’ locker room who had Jon Martin’s back the absolute most, and they will undoubtedly tell you [it was me],” Incognito said. “Jon never showed signs that football was getting to him [or] the locker room was getting to him.”