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Suspended Incognito files grievance to return to Miami Dolphins

By Yukio Strachan     Nov 15, 2013 in Sports
Miami - Alleged Miami Dolphins bully Richie Incognito has filed a non-football injury grievance against the team to recoup salary the Dolphins have docked him since his suspension.
According to, the NFL Players Association released a statement Thursday confirming the grievance filed by Incognito:
"Richie Incognito filed a non-injury grievance against his employer, the Miami Dolphins, pursuant to his rights under the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The grievance challenges his suspension for conduct which was alleged to have occurred while he was with the club. In the grievance, Incognito requests that the hearing be held on an expedited basis so that he can immediately resume playing for the team. The NFL Players Association will continue to protect the rights of all players."
Article 43, Section 4 of the collective bargaining agreement says an expedited hearing would be held within seven days of the grievance being filed, and the NFL and players union "will engage in good faith efforts" to hear the grievance before the team's next scheduled game.
USA Today stated that given the timing of Incognito's grievance, it seems unlikely the grievance would be heard before Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers. The Dolphins' next game after that is Nov. 24 against the Carolina Panthers.
Incognito loses $235,294 every game he's suspended, according to
Miami indefinitely suspended Incognito on Nov. 3 for conduct detrimental to the team.
Representatives for teammate Jonathan Martin presented evidence to the team of a voice mail in which Incognito called Martin a "half-nigger" piece of shit:
I saw you on Twitter, you been training 10 weeks. [I want to] shit in your fucking mouth. [I'm going to] slap your fucking mouth. [I'm going to] slap your real mother across the face [laughter]. Fuck you, you're still a rookie. I'll kill you.
Incognito acknowledged in an interview aired on "Fox NFL Sunday" that he used racist language in messages to Martin but said it was "coming from a place of love."
"No matter how bad and how vulgar it sounds, that's how we communicate," he told Fox Sports reporter Jay Glazer, whom he has a financial partnership with. "That's how our friendship was."
"For instance, a week before this went down, Jonathan Martin text me on my phone 'I will murder your whole F-ing family,'" Incognito told Glazer. "Now, do I think Jonathan Martin was going to murder my family? Not one bit."
The reason Incognito didn't think Martin was going to murder his family, critics said after the interview, was simple: Incognito knew it was an internet meme.
Martin's attorney, David Cornwell, confirmed that it was an Internet meme. The message consisted of a photo showing a smiling dog in its owner's arms saying the words "I will murder your entire f---ing family" to his owner.
Martin, 24, left the Dolphins on Oct. 28, because of "harassment that went far beyond the traditional locker room hazing," Martin's attorney said.
On that particular day, Incognito and other offensive linemen pulled a "prank" on Martin. As Martin was about to sit down with the rest of his teammates, they grabbed their trays and got up, leaving Martin at the table alone. Martin left and checked himself into a hospital for emotional distress.
Days later, Incognito was suspended.
Martin is scheduled to meet Friday in New York with Ted Wells, a criminal attorney hired by the NFL to investigate the Dolphins' workplace environment.
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