The results of Ted Wells’ investigation into the Miami Dolphins workplace revealed a pattern of unprecedented harassment from Richie Incognito, John Jerry and Mike Pouncey directed at Jonathan Martin and another Dolphins lineman and NFL Hall of Famer and current CBS analyst Shannon Sharpe says the NFL needs to send a strong message.
“If what is in the report is true — and I think this guy has done a thorough investigation — I think the commissioner needs to and will send the strongest of messages to let everyone know that this will not be tolerated,” Sharpe said. “Because what we’ve seen from the commissioner with Bountygate and the New Orleans Saints is he sends a message: ‘This won’t happen again.’
“The one thing I know about this commissioner: He’s firm, but he’s fair. He will send the strongest of messages that this is unacceptable behavior.”
“It’s time for Richie Incognito to find another line of work,” Sharpe said. “For Richie Incognito, we’ve seen what and who he is. He’s been kicked off two teams. … This will be the third team he’ll have to leave under bad circumstances. How many chances does a guy get?”
Roger Goodell has been a stern disciplinarian in his tenure as commissioner and he has an opportunity to make a statement that not only was this despicable behavior, but it can never happen ever again. One way to make sure that it won’t is to bar Incognito from the game.
Even if a formal banning isn’t handed down Incognito will have a hard time playing another down in the NFL.