[Marxism] Annals of America's number one sport

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Nov 4 14:13:42 MST 2013


The Miami Herald, Nov. 4, 2013	
Miami Dolphins are expected to release guard Richie Incognito
by Adam Beasley and Armando Salguero

The Miami Dolphins suspended guard Richie Incognito late Sunday night 
for conduct detrimental to the team, but his long-term fate on the team 
is sealed, a source tells The Miami Herald.

“He’s done,” a ranking club source said Monday. “There are procedures in 
place and everyone wants to be fair. The NFL is involved. But from a 
club perspective he’ll never play another game here.”

Incognito was suspended as both the team and league look into detailed 
allegations of bullying and abuse alleged by offensive tackle Jonathan 
Martin, who has been away from the franchise for a week.

“The Miami Dolphins have suspended Richie Incognito for conduct 
detrimental to the team,” the team said in a statement late Sunday 
night. “We believe in maintaining a culture of respect for one another 
and as a result we believe this decision is in the best interest of the 
organization at this time. As we noted earlier, we reached out to the 
NFL to conduct an objective and thorough review. We will continue to 
work with the league on this matter.”

The club wasted no time in promoting Nate Garner to starting left guard 
on their online depth chart. Unless Martin unexpectedly returns, Tyson 
Clabo will start at his place at right tackle next Monday in Tampa Bay.

More details on the alleged abuse suffered by Martin continues to come 
to light.

Fox Sports and CBSSports.com both reported Monday that Incognito sent 
Martin a series of racially charged and threatening texts, including one 
in which Incognito called Martin, who is biracial, a “half-n-----.” In 
CBSSports.com’s report, Incognito is said to have threatened to track 
down Martin’s family.

Also Monday, word emerged of a series of inflammatory message board 
posts on a fan forum by a person believed to be Incognito’s father, 
Richard, in which he made some incendiary comments about the Dolphins’ 
leadership and portrayed Martin as unstable.

Efforts to reach Richie Incognito and his father for comment were 
unsuccessful.

Meanwhile, on Sunday a source with direct knowledge of the situation 
said young Dolphins players are under pressure to pay for veterans’ 
social outings, a practice that is straining their finances and locker 
room chemistry.

Incognito pressured Martin into paying $15,000 for an unofficial team 
vacation to Las Vegas – a trip that Martin didn’t even join.

One young defensive player, whose privacy the Miami Herald is 
protecting, is on his way to going broke because he has been unable to 
say no to the older players, a source said.

The source characterized Dolphins veterans using younger players as ATMs 
to finance their nightlife whims (including picking up the tab at a 
strip club, ESPN reported). These older players have been caught up in 
the fast-paced Miami lifestyle without the burden of having to pay for 
it, the source said.

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The Dolphins are owned by Stephen M. Ross, a real estate developer who 
was a major contributor to the Mitt Romney campaign:

"Other $100,000 donors include Brad Bloom of the private equity firm 
Berkshire Partners, investor Thomas Kaplan of the Electrum Group, and 
Stephen Ross, a real estate developer with The Related Companies and an 
owner of the Miami Dolphins. All have a history of Republican giving."

Read more: 
http://forward.com/articles/152696/romney-pac-attracts-new-jewish-donors/

Here is one of Ross's bigger deals in partnership with Bruce Ratner, a 
major contributor to the de Blasio campaign:

"For better or for worse, every big-name New York City developer is 
defined by their most recent marquee project. Bruce Ratner’s Forest City 
Ratner propelled Brooklyn into a new phase with Atlantic Yards; Gary 
Barnett’s Extell Development is redesigning the white glove with One57, 
and Harry Macklowe is trying to erase the past with 432 Park Avenue. For 
Stephen Ross’ the Related Companies, the narrative of the past few years 
has been dominated by Hudson Yards."

Read more: 
http://therealdeal.com/blog/2013/08/16/anatomy-of-a-deal-inside-relatedoxfords-unusual-hudson-yards-financing/






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