According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, offensive lineman Richie Incognito has filed a grievance against the Miami Dolphins in order to challenge his status for being “indefinitely suspended” for conduct detrimental to the team.
Under Article 43 of the collective bargaining agreement, the maximum a player can be suspended by a team for conduct detrimental is four weeks plus an additional game check. In this case, that would amount to $1,276,470.59. The Dolphins have not defined the length of the suspension, which was announced in the late evening on Nov. 3 following allegations of harassment and misconduct toward teammate Jonathan Martin.
Under the labor agreement, all non-injury grievances must be heard by a neutral arbitrator. Incognito has requested an expedited hearing.
The Dolphins really don’t have any other choice but to release Incognito. The reason why they haven’t already is because of how much money they would still have to pay him.