I like Antonio Smith. I don't approve of what he did on Saturday night, ripping off the helmet of Dolphins guard Richie Incognito and trying to crack his face with it. I understand it, but I don't approve of it.
But overall, even though he cost his team his services for the regular season opener in San Diego, I am still a fan of the Ninja.
So I'm making it my life's work now to bring to light what a conniving jerk and rampant cheap shot artist Incognito is (and by "life's work" I mean "something to keep me busy for another day or so, until the next cause celebre comes along.")
Wednesday afternoon, my work was made easy.
It turns out that South Florida's resident "Good Guy" (Incognito won the Miami media chapter's "Good Guy" Award in 2012, for basically being really nice to media members.), wasn't such a good guy to a security guard at a nightclub at an upscale Miami hotel back in June:
Dolphins left guard Richie Incognito received a trespassing warning of June 10th after an alleged fight with a security guard at Club Liv in Miami Beach, according to a police report first obtained by The Palm Beach Post.
Incognito and some friends got into a skirmish with Carlos Joseph, a security guard who has the same name and birth date as the former University of Miami and NFL right tackle. Joseph played for UM from 2001-2004 and was on San Diego and Jacksonville's rosters from 2004-2006.
The report said that Incognito and friends of his were trying to get close to a performer on stage when Joseph asked them to step back. Somebody from Incognito's group allegedly said to Joseph "f-- you and what are you doing to do about it?" and pushed Joseph. Incognito told police that he was trying to break up the fight when he got hit in the face by Joseph.
The identity of the security guard is an underrated subplot in the story as Carlos Joseph is not only a former Miami Hurricane, but is one of the long list of players who allegedly received illegal benefits from former Miami fanboy and booster (and felon) Nevin Shapiro, having received VIP access and free drinks at least five times to Miami clubs back in the day, or the equivalent of about five Johnny Manziel autographs.
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But back to Incognito -- as a result of the incident, he received minor injuries to his face and refused medical treatment. He received the aforementioned trespassing warning by Miami Beach police and was "advised not to return," according to police.
For the record, I choose to believe that the police secretly work for Fox or the Miami area print media and they are protecting their resident "Good Guy." I choose to believe that Incognito hauled off and blasted Joseph on the face a couple times and just didn't receive any substantial penalty for it.
After all, that's kind of Incognito's go-to move.
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