While Miami Dolphins players and at least one coach were highly criticized in the Ted Wells report on the harassment by teammates, one person who escaped much blame from Wells was head coach Joe Philbin. But that doesn’t mean Philbin has escaped the tarnish of the scandal.
Now that the NFL knows the scope of the racially charged Miami Dolphins bullying scandal, the league has been left to grapple with what its next steps should be.
The National Football League’s independent investigation of the Miami Dolphins, Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin was released Friday with a finding that three starters on the offensive line “engaged in a pattern of harassment directed at not only Martin, but also another young Dolphins offensive lineman.”
While most of the stories surrounding the text messages between Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito have focused on the relationship between the two players, a secondary issue could put both players at risk of further suspension.
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 possibly career-wrecking decisions while under the influence of alcohol.
Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin will be one of the key figures in the upcoming NFL investigation of the team and the locker room culture, but he’s not saying if he’s fearful for his job.