It's been reported previously that barring a sudden, unexpected turnaround in the Jon Martin bullying saga (like Martin withdrawing his complaint against Richie Incognito), Incognito's days with the Miami Dolphin are "done." However, Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reports that the team was considering cutting ties with Incognito before the 2013 season due to concerns about his off-the-field behavior. As Dolphins right tackle Tyson Clabo admitted in the players' media session 2 days ago, Incognito was known by teammates to drink more alcohol than he should at times, which is one reason why his peers who knew him well are so willing to dismiss Incognito's controversial voicemail as merely a "drunk dial" gone wrong. The other interesting revelations from Beasley's article are that the Dolphins knew of Incognito's involvement in an offseason fight involving a nightclub bouncer (initially and incorrectly reported by ESPN as an instigator but later confirmed to be playing peacemaker) as well as the allegations by a female charity volunteer that Incognito harassed her at a Dolphins charity event. Beasley's report claims the Dolphins' patience with Incognito being mentioned in local police reports was wearing thin, but the team decided to keep him due to a lack of viable alternatives on offensive line. I believe the takeaways from this report, if true, are that, first, Incognito probably didn't know how close he was to being cut due to off the field concerns, otherwise he wouldn't have allegedly held offensive line meetings at strip clubs. Second, while weighing whether or not to cut Incognito, there was apparently no knowledge of any alleged bullying, so other than an erroneous ProFootball Talk report that has since been corrected, there have been no reports that the front office knew that Martin felt like he was being bullied until after he went AWOL.
Phins debated cutting Incognito BEFORE 2013 season
The Phinsider | Nov 9