Mike Pouncey, the Miami Dolphins center, is not expected to be disciplined for participating in the bullying scandal that rocked the NFL last fall.
After an NFL investigation found that Richie Incognito, John Jerry and Pouncey engaged in a pattern of harassment against Jonathan Martin the Dolphins fired offensive line coach Jim Turner and head trainer Kevin O’Neill. Incognito became a free agent and Jerry is now with the New York Giants. Martin was traded to the San Francisco 49ers.
Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald reported the update on Pouncey, who is expected to miss most of the first month of the season after having hip surgery:
During an email exchange with NFL spokesman Greg Aiello, the league told the Miami Herald that there has been “no change in [Pouncey’s] active status [and] we have no other information to offer on the subject.”
When asked if that meant the league would have no update on the situation going forward, Aiello responded: “Never say never, but I don’t anticipate having to address the issue again.”
The inference: The case is all but closed. The Dolphins had no immediate reaction to the news.
Pouncey and the others, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said this spring, would be required to undergo mental evaluations before being allowed to play. It is not known whether that has taken place yet.