The future of Dolphins Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey is now in the hands of mental health professionals. Commissioner Roger Goodell announced on Monday that “the three players” accused of harassment in Miami’s locker room — Pouncey and former Dolphins offensive linemen Richie Incognito and John Jerry — cannot play until they are evaluated by “a group” of professionals for medical or psychological issues. “Depending on what the doctors prescribe for that, that could prevent them from being around football for some period of time,” Goodell said. “But that’s a medical decision.” He did not say whether Pouncey and the others will also face a NFL suspension after they were accused of bullying former Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin along with several other teammates and an assistant trainer. “Our focus right now, at least in the case of the three players, is that they be evaluated,” said Goodell at the NFL owners meetings in Orlando. “We’ve talked to the union several times about that and we agreed that was the right first step.” It was reported last week that Incognito, labeled in the NFL investigation as the bullying ringleader, would have to be cleared by mental health experts before playing again. Incognito was suspended eight games last year for his role in the bullying scandal. After the investigation was released last month, Incognito smashed his own Ferrari with a baseball bat and spent time in a mental health facility. But Pouncey and Jerry’s names did not emerge until the report was released last month and Goodell’s announcement that they too would need to be cleared medically came as a surprise. In addition to harassment, Pouncey and Jerry were accused of lying to investigators.
Dolphins Pouncey will have to undergo mental health evaluation before playing again
Palm Beach Post | Mar 25