The Miami Dolphins’ Richie Incognito was allegedly accused for throwing racial slurs and threats to teammate Jonathan Martin back on November 3rd, 2013. It was a lot of locker room talk that was negative, cruel, and disrespectful. He officially was suspended for conduct detrimental violence towards Martin.
Jonathan decided to take matters into the hands into the professionals and took it upon himself onto the “in-active” list of the Miami Dolphins. A little bit after the incident, Martin finally spoke to the press addressed that the situation and stated that he will leave this issue to Stephen Ross, teams owner and president. Ross released his statement to the press stating that, “We believe in being very proactive in this, but the most important thing is we care about Jonathan Martin.”
The Dolphins could not suspend Incognito more than four games, with the initial suspension according to the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement. Earlier this week Incognito met with Ted Wells, and finally came up with an agreement. He agreed with Wells to further extend his suspension, but with pay. Ted Wells is independently working on his own investigation with multiple sources, but until Incognito’s grievance hearing will be postponed.
My question and concerns are now is how can you act upon such negative racial discrimination towards your own teammate and be suspended and still receive pay? Should he still be paid while he is still under investigation? What happens to his contract? Should the Dolphin’s cut him after this act of discrimination?