NFL notebook: Miami coach: Team addressed Incognito's 2012 golf course incident
Dolphins coach Joe Philbin confirmed Saturday that suspended offensive guard Richie Incognito was investigated last year for allegedly harassing a female volunteer at the team's annual golf tournament.
“That incident occurred a year and a half ago,” Philbin said. “We were made aware of the incident, and we took immediate action.”
He would not elaborate on what action was taken or whether the NFL was informed about the incident.
Incognito played all 16 games last season and later was voted on the team's leadership counsel by his teammates earlier this year.
No charges were filed against Incognito after the incident, which took place in Aventura, Fla.
WPLG, Miami's ABC television affiliate, reported that the woman claimed Incognito had been drinking alcohol and acting inappropriately. He allegedly approached her and rubbed his golf club against her, and then rubbed up against her from behind.
The TV station reported that she kept silent about the incident for the past year because of a confidentiality agreement.
Incognito recently was suspended indefinitely in the scandal that involves the bullying of fellow Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin, who left the team last week and is with his family in California where he has had counseling for emotional issues.
The alleged bullying centers around hazing that Martin faced from teammates his 2012 rookie season that carried over into this year.
A source told ESPN.com that Incognito feels “shocked” and “betrayed” by teammate Jonathan Martin's claims and believed the two were friends.
WR Simpson booked for DWI
Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson was being held without bail Saturday after he was arrested overnight on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a trooper responded to a report of a stalled vehicle in the lane on Interstate Highway 394 heading west out of downtown Minneapolis. As Simpson got out of a red Dodge Charger, the trooper observed him with watery eyes and slightly slurred speech.
After Simpson took field sobriety tests, according to the State Patrol report, he was arrested at 4:03 a.m. local time. Simpson was booked about an hour and a half later at the Hennepin County jail, where he refused to take a breath test.
Ex-Miami WR has CTE signs
Former Dolphins wide receiver Mark Duper revealed to ESPN's “Outside The Lines” that he has been diagnosed with signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
CTE is a degenerative brain disease that scientists believe is caused by head trauma and linked to depression and dementia.
Duper is the ninth known living former NFL player diagnosed with CTE.
Duper, 54, is one of four former stars — the others are Tony Dorsett, Joe DeLamielleure and Leonard Marshall — who were tested at UCLA over the past three months and diagnosed with signs of CTE.
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