[Marxism] Annals of America's number one sport
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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
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
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
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.
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."
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."
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