WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Richie Incognito has been suspended indefinitely by the Dolphins organization after reports emerged that he physically threatened teammate Jonathan Martin, and repeatedly bullied the offensive lineman into paying for expensive meals, and even a luxurious $15k trip to Las Vegas (a trip on which Martin was not invited).
Now, with all the information that’s been made publict, here’s plenty of room to speculate Incognito’s fate in the NFL, and the perceived black mark done unto his reputation.
Some are of the mind to think Incognito was a Pro Bowl guard as recently as last season, and somebody is bound to take a chance on him.
Others, like Bonnie Bernstein – who was in-studio with the Junkies on Tuesday – are more of the mind to think Incognito has sullied his name beyond repair.
“When you think about the machismo that is associated with the NFL, and this sort of rookie indoctrination, and whether it’s paying for meals or tying them naked to a goalpost, it happens, and there are the Richie Incognitos of the world who will say ‘stop being a wuss … be a tough guy … this is part of you being a rookie, or you being a young player in our league,’” Bernstein said. “And we’re just getting to the point where I think in today’s day in age, where media is omnipresent, where nobody is afraid to talk about bullying anymore, that this stuff’s going to get out.”
“If you had to guess, do you think the organization was more aware of it than they’re saying right now,” she was asked by JP.
“Yes,” Bernstein answered halfway through the question. “Yep.”
“Do you think that Incognito will play next year?” she was asked.
“No,” Bernstein said.
“You think he’s done?” Jason asked.
“Yes,” she said.