Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito is not going down without a fight.
Here is a portion of Chris Mortensen’s ESPN report:
“Under Article 43 of the collective bargaining agreement, the maximum a player can be suspended by a team for conduct detrimental is four weeks plus an additional game check. In this case, that would amount to $1,276,470.59. The Dolphins have never defined the length of the suspension, which was announced in the late evening on Nov. 3.
“Under the labor agreement, all non-injury grievances must be heard by a neutral arbitrator. Incognito has requested an expedited hearing.”
Incognito was suspended by the team on Nov. 3 for allegedly harassing and mistreating teammate Jonathan Martin. Incognito defended his alleged actions during an interview with Fox Sports' Jay Glazer on Sunday. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross wanted to meet with Martin on Wednesday, however, that meeting was delayed because the NFL wants to sit down with Martin first.
Considering Incognito’s reputation has been damaged because of these recent accusations, it is easy to understand why he is fighting back. If the NFL is still conducting an investigation, Incognito should receive the same due process as any other accused player.
Right now, Incognito seemingly would settle for his money.
UPDATE: Here is the NFL Players Association's statement on the grievance:
"Richie Incognito filed a non-injury grievance against his employer, the Miami Dolphins, pursuant to his rights under the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The grievance challenges his suspension for conduct which was alleged to have occurred while he was with the club. In the grievance, Incognito requests that the hearing be held on an expedited basis so that he can immediately resume playing for the team. The NFL Players Association will continue to protect the rights of all players."
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