(AP) - Richie Incognito filed a grievance Thursday against the Miami Dolphins over his suspension.

The NFL Players Association released a statement late in the afternoon saying the veteran guard filed a non-injury grievance.

"The grievance challenges his suspension for conduct which was alleged to have occurred while he was with the club," the union's statement said. "In the grievance, Incognito requests that the hearing be held on an expedited basis so that he can immediately resume playing for the team.

"The NFL Players Association will continue to protect the rights of all players."

Incognito was suspended by Miami on Nov. 3 for misconduct related to the treatment of teammate Jonathan Martin, who abruptly left the Dolphins late last month to receive help for emotional issues.

The NFL is investigating whether Incognito harassed or bullied Martin. Incognito has said the conduct was all part of the normal locker room environment.

ESPN first reported the grievance.

Incognito has missed one game, and the suspension by the team can last for four games. The Dolphins, who have not said how long Incognito is suspended, said they do not comment on grievances.

Martin is scheduled to meet Friday with Ted Wells, the independent investigator hired by the NFL. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross also plans to meet with Martin.

A second-year pro, Martin left the team because of what his attorney has alleged was daily harassment by teammates, including Incognito.

On Monday, Ross announced the formation of two committees to examine the Dolphins' locker room culture. In recent days, players have been virtually unanimous in saying it doesn't need to be changed.

The case has inspired a national debate about workplace bullying.

___

AP Sports Writer Steven Wine contributed to this story.

___

AP NFL website: http://www.pro32.ap.organd http://twitter.com/AP_NFL


(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

share this story:
facebook
email

ATTENTION COMMENTERS: We've changed our comments, but want to keep you in the conversation.
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus






Mariners option Franklin, Ramirez; Gillespie selected

The Mariners have optioned infielder Nick Franklin to Triple-A Tacoma and selected outfielder Cole Gillespie, moves that were expected before they were announced Thursday morning. The club also optioned right-hander Erasmo Ramirez to Single-A High Desert.


What to make of Sherman's contract comments

Bob Stelton and Dave Grosby react to the comments made recently by Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman regarding his negotiations for a new contract.


Martins' goal lifts Seattle over Chivas 2-1

Obafemi Martins scored in the 81st minute to lift the Seattle Sounders to a 2-1 win over Chivas USA on Saturday night.




mynorthwest.com
Copyright © 2014 Bonneville International. All rights reserved.