5 Reasons Why Richie Incognito Will Never Play in the NFL Again
5 Reasons Why Richie Incognito Is Done in the NFL
After months of speculation and back-and-forth, the Wells Report is finally here. The Wells Report is of course an independent report on the Miami Dolphins bullying situation involving Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin.
In the days leading up to the release of the report, Incognito had proclaimed his innocence on Twitter. He even went as far to say that the truth will 'bury' Martin. As it turns out, that's not necessarily the case. At least according to Wells:
"The Report concludes that three starters on the Dolphins offensive line, Richie Incognito, John Jerry and Mike Pouncey, engaged in a pattern of harassment directed at not only Jonathan Martin, but also another young Dolphins offensive lineman and an assistant trainer. The Report finds that the assistant trainer repeatedly was the object of racial slurs and other racially derogatory language; that the other offensive lineman was subjected to homophobic name-calling and improper physical touching; and that Martin was taunted on a persistent basis with sexually explicit remarks about his sister and his mother and at times ridiculed with racial insults and other offensive comments."
The Dolphins have responded with this:
"We have just received the report from Ted Wells and will review it in detail before responding relative to the findings. When we asked the NFL to conduct this independent review, we felt it was important to take a step back and thoroughly research these serious allegations. As an organization, we are committed to a culture of team-first accountability and respect for one another."
It's definitely safe to assume that both Incognito and Martin are done in Miami. Martin is likely to be traded and Incognito is set to become an unrestricted free agent on March 11th. But the question that many are asking -- will another team sign Incognito? Here are five reasons why the troubled OL won't ever get a job in the NFL again:
His Lengthy Track Record of Questionable Behavior
You don't have to do more than a quick Google search to find questionable incidents involving Richie Incognito. There's a video of him using a racial slur, there are transcripts of voicemails he left for Martin and there are reports on an incident at a golf event where he allegedly sexually harassed a worker. Those are just a few things that have popped up in the last couple of months. If any team ever rolls the dice on the OL again, it will be because they think he's changed his ways. Nothing in his history supports that he'll start acting differently one of these days.
He's Been Kicked Off of Multiple Teams Already
Incognito got booted out of the University of Nebraska and Oregon. This lead to him being placed on multiple 'do not draft' lists out of college. He also got waived by the Rams during the 2009 season for his behavior. Incognito has a history of being kicked off teams and of teams not wanting him. After this bullying incident, his stock is at an all-time low.
He'll Likely Be Suspendeded for a Good Portion of 2014
Even if a teams wants to sign the talented OL, he's likely to be unavailable due to suspension. Many are expecting Roger Goodell to step in and make an example of Incognito. I think he'll get suspended for at least half a season. If he gets passed over in 2014, the chances of him being passed over in 2015 will go up significantly.
His History of Using Racial Slurs
Whether he's saying it in what he views as an 'acceptable' manner, Incognito has a confirmed history of using the n-word. This factor alone will make some teams shy away from him. Simply put, teams don't want guys associated with racism in their locker room.
He'll Bring a Media Circus With Him
If a team decides to sign Incognito, he'll immediately become a distraction. There are few teams that can handle the baggage that will come along with the OL. Once again, the Patriots seem like one of the only realistic teams that could pick him up and make it work. But overall, I just don't think anyone is going to want to touch Incognito at this point. He simply has too many marks on his record.
Don't feel bad for him, he's had his chances. Hopefully, he's saved his money...