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Your! Call: Do you blame Dolphins for Incognito's actions?

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Ken Rodney, TSN.ca
11/5/2013 3:00:21 PM
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Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito has been suspended from the team for misconduct related to the treatment of teammate and fellow offensive lineman Jonathan Martin over what appears to be the course of more than a year and a half.
 
While reports of the level of abuse Incognito levied towards Martin continue to immerge, the question is; how much responsibility does the team hold for the actions of its players?

Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin took some of the blame, saying that he created the locker room environment that forced Martin to leave the team.
 
There has been a documented incident that took place in the Dolphins' lunch room, however some of the abuse also took place through both phone calls and text messages.

Should a team be expected to police the actions of its players while with the team, as well as when they are on their own time or away from the facilities?

This is also not the first time Incognito's actions have been called into question since he started playing in the NFL.

While a member of the St. Louis Rams, Incognito had on-field conduct problems including racking up a league-high seven unnecessary roughness penalties during the 44 games he was with the team.

He also had run-ins with fans and was eventually released from the team after arguing with then Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo during a game against the Tennessee Titans.

Looking farther into his past, he also had football and legal troubles in college.

On Tuesday, the NFL Players Association released a statement in which they put blame on the Dolphins.

"We expect that the NFL and its clubs create a safe and professional workplace for all players, and that owners, executives, coaches and players should set the best standards and examples," the union said in a statement.
 
The NFLPA also called for a fair investigation into the incident.

Are the coaching staff and the organization responsible for what happens with the players they sign or for building their team with good character athletes?

Does the responsibility fall to the leaders and other players in the locker room to ensure no one on the team is subjected to this level of abuse?

Or should the blame be placed on Incognito and others in the same situation for their own abusive or unprofessional actions?

As always, it's Your! Call.



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