Report: Incognito’s Troubles May Have Been Fueled By Alcohol

MIAMI (CBSMiami.com) —  With Dolphins player Richie Incognito’s career and reputation now on the line amid allegations of bullying, there’s growing evidence  the player made some of  his questionable decisions while under the influence of alcohol.

According to CBS4’s news partners the Miami Herald, the best example of this is the “profanity-laced and racially charged” voice mail he left on teammate Jonathan Martin’s phone which has been used as the best exhibit in the bullying case against Incognito.

“I don’t think it was a secret that Richie liked to go out and have a good time,”Dolphins offensive tackle Tyson Clabo told the Miami Herald , “And I’m sure that we’ve all gone out and had a few too many and called somebody and don’t even remember what we said on the voice mail.”

The paper says other  incidents may have included Incognito cursing and screaming a racial slur in a South Florida bar with another teammate laughing by his side  plus his violent run in with a bouncer at Club Liv. According to the Miami Herald, there are also reports he may have molested a volunteer at a Dolphins event  back in 2012.

According to the Miami Herald, Incognito acknowledged  his struggle with drugs and alcohol in a story that ran earlier in the  season on NFL.com.

For now, the alleged victim in the harassment case,  teammate Jonathan Martin, has hired an attorney who on Thursday accused other Dolphins players of “harassment that went far beyond the traditional locker room hazing.”

Martin is expected to meet with a National Football League investigator to talk about the alleged abuse.

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