Richie Incognito Returns To South Florida
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Embattled Miami Dolphin Richie Incognito returned to Miami Tuesday.
CBS4’s Brian Andrews, who met up with him at Miami International Airport, reported that he is a man of few words with clearly a lot on his mind.
“Richie, I’m Brian from CBS,” shouted Andrews to the suspended NFL player. “You’re the first guy off the plane. Can we ask you how your trip to LA went and if you’d like to say anything?”
Incognito replied, “Uh, at this point, I’m not making no further comment and that’s all I have to say. Ok. Thanks.”
Richie Incognito kept a stiff upper lip on his way to baggage claim.
“You’re a lot bigger in person,” Andrews commented.
Incognito was met by his driver at Miami International Airport, who took his garmet bag and carry on. They walked to a waiting black Mercedes. He later sent the driver back inside to get his checked bag.
About an hour later, he arrived at his residence in Fort Lauderdale, where cameras were waiting.
Meanwhile, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is waiting to get to the bottom of this himself after the NFL investigates allegations of bullying and harassment involving Incognito and another player, Jonathan Martin, who has since left the team.
Ross has formed a new conduct committee to see if the team’s locker room culture needs changing.
Coach Joe Philbin was asked about that culture.
“Did you know about this culture? Is it something being the leader of this team you discussed before with the team?
“We discuss appropriate behavior and the type of work atmosphere we want to create. We talk about that every single day,” said Philbin.
The five man panel includes former coaches Tony Dungy, and Fins legend Don Shula, who was in Orlando Tuesday to open a new restaurant.
“The stuff that’s going on in the Dolphin’s locker room, what’s you take on it?” asked a reporter in Orlando.
“I’m not too aware. I don’t pretend to be an expert on it so I don’t comment on it,” replied Shula.
Ross has also asked former Fins to be on the committee, including Jason Taylor, Curtis Taylor and Dan Marino, who was interviewed on the radio.
“He’s just looking for guys that love the game of football and taking a look at it from an outside position,” said Marino.
“I’m for anything that can make our organization better,” said Coach Philbin. I’m fully supportive of it.”
Meantime, Fins owner Stephen Ross will not be meeting with former player Jonathan Martin as previously planned for this week.
Instead, he announced Tuesday, that he’ll wait for Martin to give a statement to the NFL’s investigator before getting together with him.