Is it a case of too little, too late?
The Miami Dolphins have suspended offensive lineman Richie Incognito for conduct detrimental to the team.
Its for the harassment of teammate Jonathan Martin, who left the Dolphins last week following an incident in the team’s lunchroom.
The team, NFL and the Players Association are conducting an investigation into what happened.
There are reports that Incognito coerced Martin to pay 15-thousand dollars towards a trip to Las Vegas last summer, even though Martin, a rookie at the time, didn’t want to go.
Incognito has tweeted that he wants his “name cleared,” calling the reports “false speculation” and “slander.”
There’s no word whether 24-year-old Martin plans to return to the Dolphins.
This isn’t the first time rookies in pro sports have been told to pay for trips or expensive team dinners.
But its one of the few times where a player has come out and, by leaving the team he plays for, says it went too far.
The Dolphins have done the right thing in suspending Incognito.
And I wouldn’t be surprised if the league takes disciplinary action.
But whatever the penalty, it won’t change the culture in the locker room.