NFL to investigate Richie Incognito after alleged bullying at Miami Dolphins
Last Updated: 10/11/13 8:48pm
Richie Incognito: Suspended pending NFL probe into alleged bullying
Miami guard Richie Incognito has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL as the controversy over his alleged bullying of a team-mate intensified.
The 30-year-old was initially suspended by the Dolphins at the weekend after offensive tackle Jonathan Martin walked out on the team following an apparent "emotional breakdown".
Reports in the United States claim Incognito left Martin an abusive phone message which included threats of physical violence and racial slurs.
Incognito, voted the dirtiest player in the NFL in a 2009 poll, his maintained his innocence while further reports have emerged that he was following instructions from Dolphins coaches to "toughen up" Martin.
"The NFL is going to conduct a review of the workplace. It's going to be comprehensive, it's going to be objective."
The NFL are now investigating whether Incognito committed a malicious act on his team-mate, or if Martin was the victim of an unfortunate prank.
Miami head coach Joe Philbin has vowed to fully co-operate with the NFL in their investigation into the matter, while the NFL Players' Association are also launching their own probe.
Philbin said: "The NFL is going to conduct a review of the workplace. It's going to be comprehensive, it's going to be objective.
"As an organisation we are going to give our full and complete co-operation with the NFL.
"When that takes place, the timeline on that I don't have the specifics of. I will tell you I will be in full and complete co-operation with them. I will answer everything honestly to the best of my knowledge."
Local TV station WSVN Channel 7 tracked down Incognito on Tuesday, and he appeared confident that he would be cleared of any wrongdoing.
"You know what, I'm just trying to weather the storm right now," Incognito said. "This will pass."
When asked about his future with the Dolphins, he added: "You know, no comment right now. We're just gonna kinda weather the storm, and that's it."