Add this latest twist to the intriguing Richie Incognito saga: The Dolphins offensive lineman was involved in a brawl with a bouncer at South Beach’s swankiest night club.
But Incognito’s version of events was that he was simply trying to break up a fight — and Miami Beach police apparently agreed. Incognito was never charged, but simply asked to leave and issued a trespassing warning.
Neither the NFL nor the Dolphins commented on the incident.
News of the fight first broke on ESPN when the network, citing unnamed sources, reported Wednesday that Incognito punched and knocked out a security guard at the Fontainebleau late one night before training camp. At least one source in the story said Incognito did not throw the first punch.
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But a copy of the Miami Beach police report offered more context. Early the morning of June 10, Incognito and a group of friends were at Club Liv when they got a little too close to the stage.
A security guard named Carlos Joseph told the group to get back, but, as Joseph told police later, they refused profanely. A fight then broke out between Joseph and Incognito, the club employee stated.
However, Incognito told police a much different story. Incognito told police he did not throw a single punch. He said he was trying to break up a fight between Joseph and a friend, and Joseph punched him in the face. Police later noticed scrapes and abrasions on Incognito’s face, although he declined medical attention. According to the police report, no visible injuries were recorded on Joseph. It was Incognito who called 911, not the nightclub.
It was the second time this week Incognito has been in the news. Video surfaced this week of Texans defensive lineman Antonio Smith ripping off Incognito’s helmet and swinging at him during Saturday’s preseason game.
The league on Wednesday officially suspended Smith for the rest of the preseason and the regular season opener.
Miami Herald staff writer Christina Veiga contributed to this report.