Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Miami Dolphins' Richie Incognito suspended for 'bullying' teammate Jonathan Martin

Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito (left) and tackle Jonathan Martin on the field on 24 July 2013

The US National Football League is investigating allegations that a Miami Dolphins linebacker bullied a teammate.
Richie Incognito, 30, was suspended on Sunday night amid claims by 24-year-old Jonathan Martin's representatives.
Martin, 6ft 5in and 312lb (140kg), left the team last week to seek treatment for an emotional issue after reportedly being the victim of a prank.
The investigation casts a spotlight on a culture of hazing that has long been common in league locker rooms.
Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin told a news conference on Monday at the team's training facility: "The NFL is going to conduct a review of the workplace.
"It's going to be comprehensive, it's going to be objective.
"As an organisation we are going to give our full and complete co-operation with the NFL."
Philbin said a decision had been made to suspend Incognito based partly on information from representatives of Martin, an offensive tackle in his second NFL season.
The team said in a statement: "We believe in maintaining a culture of respect for one another and as a result we believe this decision is in the best interest of the organisation at this time."