Posted November 08, 2013

Report: Richie Incognito accused of harassing woman at 2012 charity golf outing

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Richie Incognito had started all eight games this season with the Miami Dolphins. (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Richie Incognito had started all eight games this season with the Miami Dolphins. (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Miami Dolphins lineman Richie Incognito reportedly harassed a female volunteer at a charity golf tournament last year, according to a police report obtained by a local Miami ABC affiliate.

According to the report, which was filed in Aventura, Fla., Incognito harassed the 34-year-old woman by touching her private parts with his golf club. The report states that Incognito had been drinking:

The then 34-year-old volunteer told police that Incognito had been drinking, and when he was at the hole where she was working, he rubbed her privates with a golf club and knocked a pair of sunglasses off her head with it, according to the report.

“After that, he proceeded to lean up against her buttocks with his private parts as if dancing, saying ‘Let it rain! Let it rain!’” the report states. “He finally finished his inappropriate behavior by emptying bottled water in her face.”

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The alleged incident occurred on May 18, 2012, at the Turnberry Resort & Club, during the annual “Fins Weekend Golf Tournament” for charity. The volunteer told Local 10, the ABC affiliate, that she can’t talk about the incident because she signed a confidentiality agreement. The Dolphins did not provide comment.

Incognito was suspended indefinitely by the Dolphins earlier this week for allegedly bullying teammate Jonathan Martin. He allegedly left voicemail for Incognito’s phone that included a racial slur and expletives, as well as threats against Martin and his family.

Many Dolphins players have come to Incognito’s defense over the past few days, and he is expected to file a grievance against the team.

“I’m just trying to weather the storm right now. This will pass,” Incognito said on Tuesday, in his most recent comments on the ordeal.


59 comments
dickens1298
dickens1298

The confidentiality agreement that she signed - was this a requirement to working this event, or part of a resolution of a lawsuit? If it's the former, I'm not sure anyone should be willing to sign it - working an event with inebriated NFL players seems ripe for shenanigans - and if it's the latter, then I'm curious as to the settlement amount.

But honestly - we don't need more examples of why Incognito is a "bad guy". Rather, this is an example of how dysfunctional Dolphins management truly is. After one of your players act like this - he is STILL on your player leadership council? And how does it reflect on his fellow players - "yeah, Incognito is a good guy, except when he molests and shames female volunteers at events....but aside from that...he's a great guy!"

rma101560
rma101560

When Tony Dungy was coach in Indy and Incognito was in the draft, the Colts would not even think about drafting him.  Bill Polian, the GM and Dungy agreed that there would be no discussion about drafting him.  His problems in college should have sent red flags up to all the teams.  The Dolphins ignored the obvious and this is what they got.  No wonder they can't win when they allow a cancer to dominate the locker room.

DonMond
DonMond

Does anyone every think that Riche might be and sociopath? He seems to have no remorse and cares about himself.

Paul B1
Paul B1

You ever notice how holier than thou and sanctimonious sports writers are.  They are to sports what the paparazzi is to Hollywood movie stars.  We all know linemen are thugs and their only purpose is to tackle, block and interfere with the play.  Martin needs to grow up and put his big boy pants on or leave the endeavor of being a lineman.

revots33
revots33

But in all fairness the woman was standoffish, shy, and wouldn't make eye contact - so obviously she deserved the abuse.

jbc123
jbc123

I saw this guy throw a gum wrapper out of a car window in April of 2001, hang him! 

DSM
DSM

Not exactly a shock; kudos to Nebraska for kicking him out before he caused the same issues as Lawrence Phillips and Christian Peter (as well as lots of players from other schools) did.

Mech
Mech

Yeah I heard Richie also farted in mixed company. Why does the media have to recycle old stories,,,,because they are lazy and they cannot think up a new line or research a new story. Beat this one to death, until we are all sick of hearing that name.

adc62
adc62

‘Let it rain! Let it rain!’” 

“I’m just trying to weather the storm right now. This will pass,”

Forget the sexual harassment and racism. This guy has a serious deep seated weather obsession. Hey Richie "Chicken Little" Incognito, note to self....your sky is falling.

Sulkaman
Sulkaman

This doesn't sound like Richie.  Kidding.  This guy is dbag of epic proportions.  And you can bet stories like this one are going to continue to surface.

cazzoduro
cazzoduro

Incognito represents all the fat guys who can't move their asses and fantasize of being athletes by watching fatsos blocking real athletes in football games. 

AndrewLynch
AndrewLynch

Where have all the soft spoken gentlemen gone?

James C
James C

I am shocked no criminal charges were filed over this. His actions do constitute a crime. In Michigan he would likely be charged with 4th degree CSC for his actions, which is punishable by up to 2 years  in prison and  a $500. I think Florida would have similar laws on the books. 


I do have two questions. 


One, why the confidentiality agreement with the team? I can think of only 1 reason for that. The team, when made aware of the situation, paid her hush money to keep this event from becoming mainstream news. To me this stinks of a coverup by team officials who knew little Rickie was a bad boy and did nothing about it. 


Two, why, if there was a police report filed, were no charges ever brought in this case? Was there no evidence of this, or did the "victim" request charges not be filed after likely hush money was paid by the team, which resulted in the confidentiality agreement that prevents her from talking? 


And in response to Richard-Ramirez? I completely agree, he is a cancer to society. 

Jacob12
Jacob12

Seeing how people react to this, it's not surprising that some people go postal.  Martin's to blame for leaving and getting counseling.  They were ganging up on him, but its his fault for being weak and not fitting in.  Incognito's an obnoxious thug, but he's one of the more popular guys on the team and gets put on the leadership counsel.  

Maybe the US should change its motto.  How about the Cobra Kai mantra.  

"NO MERCY!"

UnishowponyWherebeef
UnishowponyWherebeef

Yeah right, the "touching of her private parts with a golf club" is somehow worse than "emptying a bottle of water onto her face"???

In any case, all of the crap that this guy "did" is alleged. Not proven.

Sure, it's 99% likely that the guy is a Grade-A jerk and should be incarcerated in order to protect the general public but printing these "alleged" activities only further proves that Sports Illustrated hasn't a shred of journalistic morals.


GeneMartin
GeneMartin

He has been suspended, but is still being paid.

redsoxcanwin
redsoxcanwin

I don't care what you think about the issue as a whole... the one thing that we should all be able to agree on is that Richie Incognito is a thoroughly loathsome human being.

cornfed1
cornfed1

poor poor  Johnathon. thank goodness his mommy was there for him when that mean man said bad words to him... 

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

No doubt the Richie Fan Club guys will weigh in.  They'll probably say this is completely irrelevant, the woman is lying and anyway Richie considered her a friend, and what happens between friends shouldn't be brought up to tarnish the reputation of a wonderful, loving guy (as one of his defenders -- who calls everyone who disagrees a moron -- describes him).

There.  Fixed.

Merv
Merv

So what is the result of the  complaint?

M20
M20

I'm sure his teammates will defend this too. This is just part of being tough, right?

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@Mech  

Yeah...sexual assault...SO irrelevant when we're discussing a guy's vicious, antisocial behavior.  

Quiet, everyone.  Richie is a great leader.  Mech says so.

LoriSandoval
LoriSandoval

@Mech Well if it goes to court it is evidence of past behavior consistent with what they are alleging.

Centrale1
Centrale1

@James C Is it really that shocking to you that no charges were filed? I just read an article about a woman who did go to the police and ended up being harassed by the investigator. Fortunately in that case it came to light and the investigator was fired.

remosu37
remosu37

@James C Probably because she didn't want to file criminal charges.  Many, if not most sexual assaults/criminal sexual harassment cases go unreported.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@Jacob12  

Uh-huh.  Because evil, vicious people NEVER get appointed to leadership positions.  Bow down -- he's your leader.

I'd like to see you in that situation.  Might be fun to see how YOU handle it.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@UnishowponyWherebeef  

So, you think touching women's private parts with sports equipment -- no big deal.

If you tried that at a company/organization picnic, I'm thinking your logic wouldn't fly.  And you'd probably wind up in jail.

 

JimKirkwood1
JimKirkwood1

@UnishowponyWherebeef Did you notice the alleged victim couldn't speak because of a confidentiality agreement? Does this possibly suggest there may have been a payoff so that she didn't press charges?

mbroncofan
mbroncofan

@UnishowponyWherebeef The message he left to Martin is "alleged"????  Really??  Death threat...N word...etc etc??  The reason the sexual abuse on the golf course didn't go further is this piece of trash settled it out of court to keep it out of the courts.  In other words, he paid his way out of it...probably with Martin's money.  Nobody...and I mean nobody...who has a bone of decency in their body can support the actions of this POS.  Your words put you in the exact same boat.  Congratulations.

JayAleo
JayAleo

@UnishowponyWherebeef Here's a scenario for ya:  A man's daughter is harassed buy two Pony's.  One throws water in her face the other, takes a 9 iron to her putter.  Something tells me that you're the only clown that'd be chasing down the water boy...assuming, for arguments sake, you're not the one holding the 9 iron.  Obviously in all reality you would be. 

JayAleo
JayAleo

@UnishowponyWherebeef Just by asking that question, Chief,  it appears your morals are more than questionable.  Also, you label the guy as a "Grade-A jerk", or 99% of him anyway and believe he should be incarcerated.    Soooo what is it he needs to be locked up for?  Admittedly you have awoken my curiosity...because I'd like to think there's no way your opinion is based on anything 'ALLEGED'.  ???

bryoman
bryoman

@GeneMartin No, when in a suspension status, No Pay.  THAT is why he is probably going to file a grievance against the Dolphins with his union.  

Hola
Hola

@MidwestGolfFanComment for a former NFC general manager:


“I kind of thought he was a train wreck as a person,” a former NFC general manager said of Incognito, who was a third-round pick by St. Louis in 2005. “I’m surprised he has gone along this far without something like this happening. He was a misfit. He was a mess coming out. A bit of a bigot. I tried to talk to him about it and he didn’t get it.

“You didn’t have to dig too deep to find this stuff. I’ve never seen a kid with a background quite like this one.”

me1
me1

@M20 Hey...football is a testosterone sport...only real men can handle it.

Tim38
Tim38

@M20 The teammates will defend it because the teams protect all the guys in the league who do this.  This incident isn't abnormal...it's pretty common.  They act like this because people let them.  We excuse their behavior

NegotiatorCM
NegotiatorCM

@M20 Was thinking the exact same thing. Incognitio just went about sexually harassing this woman the wrong way. Should have kept it in the locker room, man-to-man, be a man. This woman and Richie are actually good friends. The woman was uptight and standoffish and Richie was just trying to toughen her up, you know?

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@Centrale1 @James C  

There was a non-disclosure agreement.  The Dolphins probably shoveled money at her until she was persuaded to drop it.  That's how celebrity Damage Control works.