Some people just will not let it die. After reading the article by Florio where he calls Incognito one of the most notorious bullies the NFL has ever seen, I had to sit back and think about how this incident shall forever be known as the straw that broke the camels back in regards to the reputation of our Dolphins.
Another situation involving a player twittering two words gets him suspended for four days of practice, and fined. Fans and players alike look at both of these incidents, and claim that Miami has become a Haven of thugs and miscreants. But is this the case???
Incognito was suspended for 8 games, half by his own decision to allow the situation to pan itself out, and for what? Calling a teammate names in the privacy of their own time, where the player he was offending was taking part in said actions as well.
If this was any team but the Dolphins, we might have heard a different tune. I mean after all, Riley Cooper of the Philadelphia Eagles was given a chance to redeem himself after a drunk tirade outside of a Kenny Chesney concert. Afterwards, he was given a chance to speak up and be forgiven, and he was and has been.
Antonio Smith gets a one game suspension for an altercation with Ritchie Incognito where he rips Ritchie's helmet off and swings it at him. Another incident where there is visible evidence of him grabbing at the foot and twisting of the same player simply results in a fine. No suspension. Well yay.
Well want to guess what happened to the player we saw last year trying to goose Randy Starks??? A fine.
8 games for words, anywhere from 1-5 games for actions. This is the message we are trying to send our kids? Oh you can try and destroy a player physically, and try to end his career with minor consequences, bit god forbid you hurt his feelings by saying something mean. When did it get to this point is my question?