Dolphins currently co-operating with investigation into alleged bullying scandal.
The Miami Dolphins have requested a delay for suspended guard Richie Incognito’s non-injury grievance while they co-operate with an independent investigation.
Incognito’s hearing is set for Thursday as his complaint supposedly suggests that the franchise have yet to provide him with specific examples of the “detrimental conduct” cited after he was suspended indefinitely on November 3.
Under the collective bargaining agreement, the guard’s suspension can not exceed the maximum four weeks plus one additional game but his representatives have been pushing for a resolution to the situation.
Nevertheless, it is expected that his hearing will be delayed as the Dolphins continue to help an independent investigation into the matter, with Jonathan Martin yet to return after the initial bullying allegations were made.
Incognito is seeking reinstatement to the active roster and the recovery of lost wages which could amount to $1,176,470.59 under the terms of the maximum team penalty, according to ESPN.
Independent investigator Ted Wells has already met with Martin to discuss his version of events in the build up to the Dolphins player leaving the team on October 28 and not returning after alleged bullying and abusive behaviour from Incognito.
The under-fire guard has since appeared on American television to explain his part in the controversy, admitting that he may have used racial slurs but that it was reciprocated and was also part and parcel of locker room culture.
Nevertheless, the Dolphins have brought in a special task-force consisting of former players to aid coach Joe Philbin in cleaning up the “locker room culture” as the team struggle to put the controversy out of their minds and perform on the field.