NFL: Richie Incognito files grievance against Miami Dolphins

Richie Incognito has filed a grievance against his NFL employers, the Miami Dolphins.

Incognito was suspended 11 days ago for conduct detrimental to the club, after Jonathan Martin left the team in emotional distress over what he later alleged to be bullying and harassment.

Now the veteran guard has filed a non-injury grievance against the Dolphins and is seeking an expedited appeal, the NFL Players Association confirmed in a statement.

“The grievance challenges his suspension for conduct which was alleged to have occurred while he was with the club,” the NFLPA said in a statement.

“In the grievance, Incognito requests that the hearing be held on an expedited basis so that he can immediately resume playing for the team. The NFL Players Association will continue to protect the rights of all players.”


According to NFL rules, the maximum a player can be banned by a team for detrimental conduct is four games.

A suspension lasting longer than that must be league-mandated, according to a report on the NFL’s website.

The grievance by Incognito, who is losing over $235,000 for every game he is suspended, would be heard by an independent arbitrator.

Meanwhile, the NFL has begun an independent investigation into the Dolphins’ workplace led by New York attorney Ted Wells to determine if there was any misconduct.