This is not the first time Schefters reporting has been questioned by Incognito.
During training camp, the ESPN correspondent, citing sources, wrote that Incognito decked a bouncer at the Fontainebleaus trendy Club Liv.
However, Incognito claims he never threw a punch, and a police report on the incident appeared to support his story. It noted that he, not the bouncer, had abrasions consistent with a fight. Police sent Incognito home with a trespassing warning.
On Sunday, Incognito went public with his grievances.
@AdamSchefter This is the second time you have tried to drag my name through the mud with lies, he wrote. @espn shame on you for attaching my name to false speculation. I wont be holding my breathe [sic] for an apology.
Former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka had some strong words for Incognito on ESPN on Sunday, saying, I find it hard to believe. . . . I cant comprehend it. When this would happen in my time, you take the bully and youd kick his butt. You go to Fist City with this guy.
Ditka and fellow football analyst and former player Tom Jackson pointed the finger at Dolphins coach Joe Philbin, saying, [Philbins] efforts should be to end [the behavior].
Dolphins players might have violated portions of the NFLs Personal Conduct Policy if allegations of harassment of Martin and other allegations involving the treatment of younger players are shown to be true, according to league sources.
The NFL Personal Conduct policy imposes a standard of conduct for league and club employees, including players and coaches. The policy states that they are held to a higher standard and expected to conduct yourself in a way that is responsible, promotes the values upon which the League is based, and is lawful.
Employees found to violate the policy might be disciplined if any of the following circumstances were to take place:
• Violent or threatening behavior among employees, whether in or outside the workplace.
• Conduct that imposes inherent danger to the safety and well being of another person.
• Conduct that undermines or puts at risk the integrity and reputation of the NFL, NFL clubs or NFL players.
Meanwhile, some outside the Dolphins pushed back against the idea that the team is a franchise in disarray.
This is a runaway train that the media, national and local reporters are taking to a . . . crazy level, and theres no reason for any of it, said agent David Canter, who represents several Dolphins players, including star defensive tackle Paul Soliai. The Miami Dolphins are not a dysfunctional organization. They dont have a dysfunctional leadership.
The players in the locker room dont dislike each other, Canter continued. They fight for each other and work for each other. This is one player [Martin] who had a very, very adverse reaction to a set of circumstances.
Miami Herald sportswriter Armando Salguero contributed to this report.