Richie Incognito's Newest Blowup Reminds Us of His St. Louis Glory Days


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Richie Incognito -- the oft-troubled starting guard released from the Rams in 2009 after two headbutting penalties and a sideline shouting match with the head coach -- has been suspended by the Miami Dolphins after accusations that he was bullying teammate Jonathan Martin.

In a statement, the Dolphins explained the reason for the suspension:

The Miami Dolphins have suspended Richie Incognito for conduct detrimental to the team. We believe in maintaining a culture of respect for one another and as a result we believe this decision is in the best interest of the organization at this time. As we noted earlier, we reached out to the NFL to conduct an objective and thorough review. We will continue to work with the league on this matter.

ESPN reported that one of the primary accusations against Incognito was that he peer-pressured Martin into coughing over $15,000 for a group trip to Las Vegas that Martin wasn't even planning on going on, but paid because he feared retaliation.

There were also accusations of text messages being "racially charged in nature," according to ESPN.

Meanwhile, Incognito is trying to preserve his good name via Twitter.

He also tweeted several times at Adam Schefter, accusing him of spreading lies and slander. He even told the NFL insider to "bring it."

Amidst the angry tweets, Incognito has also waxed philosophically.

All this probably won't come as much of a surprise to St. Louisans, who became acquainted with Incognito during his time as a Ram.

Read more about Incognito's tumultuous time with the Rams after the jump. Ex-Rams coach Jim Haslett was caught on camera saying "What is wrong with this motherfucker?" after Incognito was flagged for a 15-yard fighting penalty that almost cost his team the game back in October, 2008.

But the Rams knew about Incognito before he even put on a blue and gold jersey.

When he was drafted by the Rams in the third round of the 2005 draft, Incognito held out for a large signing bonus despite the fact that he hadn't suited up for a football game in more than two years. He then used the signing bonus to buy 2006 BMW 750, in which he had 22 TV screens installed. Twenty-two.

See also: Haslett on Incognito: "What is wrong with this mother******?"

In September 2009, Daily RFT pondered the question: Is Richie Incognito a Few Fries Short of a Happy Meal?"

A few months later in December, 2009, Incognito was released from the Rams, something Mayor Slay approved of.

See also: Rams Release Richie Incognito, Mayor Slay Approves

That inspired a heartfelt farewell to Incognito from this publication that included the following prose:

Unfortunately, what I won't remember about the Richie Incognito era in St. Louis is anything even beginning to resemble productive play. Since the day he was drafted in the third round by the Rams, Incognito has been nothing but a boil on the ass of this team. Thank god someone finally got around to lancing it.

See also: A Fond Farewell to Richie Incognito

Now it's Miami's turn.

Follow Ray Downs on Twitter at @RayDowns. E-mail the author at [email protected].


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