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NFL Player Faces Harassment Allegations From Teammate

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FOX News--Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito who was suspended by the team on Sunday -- allegedly sent teammate Jonathan Martin text messages and voicemails that were threatening and racially charged in nature, multiple sources have told Fox Sports.


The sources said the team and the NFL Players Association were notified about the messages and they will be shared with the league as part what is says will be a "thorough review."


The Miami Dolphins suspended Incognito late Sunday for misconduct related to the alleged harassment of Martin, who abruptly left the team a week ago to receive help for emotional issues.


"We believe in maintaining a culture of respect for one another," the Dolphins said in a statement released shortly before midnight, "and as a result we believe this decision is in the best interest of the organization at this time. ... We will continue to work with the league on this matter."


Head coach Joe Philbin said Monday he was unaware of any "inappropriate behavior," though he vowed to act on any recommendations made by league authorities to protect players.


"If the review shows that this is not a safe atmosphere, I will take whatever measures are necessary to ensure that it is," he said.


The move capped a bizarre Sunday for the Dolphins, even though their players were off. First the team released a statement saying Martin had not complained to the organization about bullying by other players. Hours later, the Dolphins said they and the NFL were investigating allegations of player misconduct made Sunday by "Jonathan's representation."


A source who is described as having direct knowledge of the situation told the Miami Herald that younger players on the Dolphins team are under pressure to pay for veterans social outings, likening them to personal ATMs.


The source said younger players some of whom make around $400,000 a year were handed the tab for a $30,000 team dinner. One defensive player whose privacy is being protected is on his way to becoming broke for not being able to say no to the older players demands, the source added.


"Everything tastes better when rookies pay for it," veteran Miami defensive lineman Jared Odrick tweeted Friday.


Sources also told ESPN that Incognito asked Martin to contribute $15,000 to finance a trip to Las Vegas by some Dolphins players in 2012. Martin reportedly did not travel with the group.


Incognito posted several tweets Sunday saying he wanted his name cleared from reports linking him to the Martin matter. Then came the announcement of his suspension.


An NFL spokesman said the league will look into the situation, but declined to talk about the specifics of the case, according to Fox Sports.

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