Roger Goodell has spent a fair portion of his Friday fielding questions about the absurd punishment for Ray Rice. Or rather lack thereof. Peppered into those questions to the “King of Discipline” questions regarding suspensions for last years three ring circus performers, John Jerry, Richie Incognito, and Mike Pouncey.
Following the Ted Wells investigation into the Jonathan Martin case last season the NFL became rather quiet regarding what might happen to the three Miami Dolphins who harassed and bullied the offensive lineman. It appears that nothing may happen at all.
The Dolphins took care of two of their instigators, the two ringleaders if you will, when they elected not to re-sign John Jerry or Richie Incognito. The Dolphins did nothing to Pro-Bowl center Mike Pouncey. All three players were required to complete self-help sessions before they could return. Mike Pouncey apparently has completed his required education as the NFL last month referenced that nothing was expected on his situation moving forward.
John Jerry is currently rostered with the New York Giants and no one is saying anything about his “education” process. That leaves Richie Inocgnito who was tagged as the main culprit in last years fiasco.
Incognito is still out of a job. He has checked himself in and out of treatment facilities for anger and Roger Goodell spoke specifically about him today.
“There are different issues with different individuals. The bottom line is that everything is proceeding. They’re doing what they’ve been asked to do. We will make individual decisions, if necessary, with any one of those individuals,” Goodell said, via the Newark Star-Ledger. “It’s a broad issue. I would say that the one person who has been very responsive in going through the program has been Richie Incognito. We’re working with his people and monitoring his progress on that front.”
Whatever Incognito is doing right off the field still doesn’t give a clear indication of whether a team will give him a chance to be on the field. Incognito was once labeled the leagues dirtiest players by a poll of some NFL players. He worked to shed that image while in Miami but the fallout from Jonathan Martin’s leaving the team may have completely eradicated the guards career but it sounds like good news for Incognito as the league Commissioner doesn’t sound ready to dole out further penalties on the lineman.