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Richard Incognito could avoid further discipline by the NFL

By on 2/19/2014 09:00:00 AM

The NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement, which allows for one penalty to be imposed on a player for the same act, may keep suspended Miami Dolphins offensive linemen, Richie Incognito, from further discipline by the NFL writes Mike Florio of NBCSports.

The Dolphins guard was reported to be directly involved in the harassment of tackle Jonathan Martin. Incognito was suspended for eight games (two of which were unpaid) for his involvement.

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Titled "One Penalty," Article 46, Section 4 of the CBA states, “The Commissioner and a Club will not both discipline a player for the same act or conduct. The Commissioner’s disciplinary action will preclude or supersede disciplinary action by any Club for the same act or conduct."

The NFL may argue that Incognito's suspension applies only to the treatment of Martin. Incognito was also reported to have been involved in the harrassment of a second player, Andrew McDonald

The league is considering whether Incognito is subject to further discipline in the case of McDonald and for attempting to obstruct an impending investigation. Incognito reportedly admits to have "broken" Martin in a "fine book" he asked teammates to destroy.

If the league finds Incognito is subject to further discipline in his harassment of McDonald or obstructing an investigation, he will have to plead his case to Commissioner Roger Goodell. Incognito's fight will be a hard one.  The NFL intends to send a clear message that the actions of Incognito will not be tolerated.

The NFLPA will likely fight any further discipline of Incognito. 


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