The locker room culture of the Miami Dolphins continues to be under intense scrutiny following the departure of offensive tackle Jonathan Martin from the team amid allegations of bullying and hazing and media reports continue to reveal unseemly attitudes and practices.
According to two unnamed sources who spoke with Jason Cole of National Football Post, Dolphins guard Richie Incognito, who has been suspended by the team for his role in the alleged bullying of Martin, held meetings for the team's offensive lineman at a strip club and mocked players unwilling to attend.
“Richie wanted to set up Richie’s world as a way for everybody to act,” an unnamed team source told Cole. “Richie thinks everybody should act that way. He doesn’t get that some guys aren’t into that behavior. Some guys don’t want to constantly explain to their wife or girlfriend why they have to go to a strip club.”
Incognito has been suspended by the Dolphins and been at the center of the controversy surrounding the organization following reports that he sent threatening messages to Martin that included racial slurs.
This National Football Post report is just the latest to cast the Dolphins' workplace in a negative light.
On Wednesday, ProFootballTalk reported that Miami general manager Jeff Ireland suggested Martin resolve his issues with Incognito through physical violence, citing multiple unnamed league sources.
A day later, Martin's attorney, David Cornwell, issued a statement claiming that the alleged harassment "went far beyond the traditional locker room hazing." Released along with the statement was a quote attributed to an unnamed teammate that included a vulgar, sexual threat against Martin's sister.