It was reported earlier today that Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said that the team took “immediate action” in May 2012, when a woman accused guard Richie Incognito of battery during a Dolphins team golf outing that she worked at.
While no one seemed to know about Incognito’s gold course incident until this week, it seems that the league was already aware of this potential violation of the personal-conduct policy.
According to Pro Football Talk, a source with knowledge of the situation said that the league knew about the incident. However, it is not known if the league did anything in response.
The alleged victim has refused to talk about the incident because of a confidentiality agreement, which suggests that a deal was agreed upon to prevent a lawsuit or criminal charges. Since Incognito was prosecuted or arrested, the league or team did not have to disciplined publicly. Since Philbin will not say was immediate actions were taken in regards to Incognito, it may be safe to assume that Incognito was probably not disciplined at all.
While we may never know what really happened, the fact that it happened at a team sanctioned event meant that neither the league, the Dolphins, or Incognito would benefit from this being made public, especially with Hard Knocks set to start filming soon after.