Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito has found himself in the center of yet another spat. But whether he was a guilty instigator or an innocent bystander remains the question following conflicting reports on the matter.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter initially reported that Incognito — who has been in and out of trouble since his college days — was involved in a late-night fight with a security guard at the Fontainbleu hotel in Miami prior to training camp. That report stated Incognito punched and knocked out a hotel security guard, according to Schefter’s league sources, but that one witness said Incognito was hit first.
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Now comes a conflicting report from Dolphins beat writer Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald:
Here's the truth about what happened, according to Miami Beach police: Incognito was trying to break up a fight, and got hit.
— Adam Beasley (@AdamHBeasley) August 21, 2013
Beasley followed with a string of tweets that indicated the incident in question happened early in the morning of June 10, when Incognito was issued a trespassing warning and was not charged. Incognito suffered abrasions and bruises, but refused treatment, and there were no injuries listed for the man Schefter said Incognito hit, Carlos Joseph. (An aside: It’s not clear if this is the same Joseph who played at the University of Miami and played three years in the NFL with the Chargers and Jaguars.)
Miami Beach police interviewed both parties and let Incognito go. Their report, per Beasley, states Joseph hit Incognito. He refused treatment, and Incognito and his friends were asked to leave. The fight reportedly happened when they got too close to the stage.
The Dolphins apparently are aware of the incident but have not spoken publicly about it. The NFL has declined comment, as well.
Incognito has been in the news a lot this week. On Tuesday, Texans defensive end Antonio Smith was suspended for two preseason and one regular-season game for flailing his helmet at Incognito in last week’s preseason contest. The two have had a personal rivalry for years.
Incognito, who has battled with coaches and players alike, has been an instigator in the past but also has been popular with his teammates and even once won the NFL’s Good Guy Award, given to the player who is most helpful with the local media.
One thing is true: Dude gets hit quite a lot, even for a lineman.