Wednesday, November 20, 2013

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Richie Incognito Deflects Blame

Updated: November 10, 2013, 8:15 PM ET
By James Walker | ESPN.com
Richie Incognito spoke in-depth for the first time since his indefinite suspension, describing the Miami Dolphins' locker-room environment as a place where threats and racial slurs were considered acceptable and jovial behavior.

Incognito deflected blame for many of his harsh actions against teammate Jonathan Martin during an interview with Fox Sports.
Incognito A week before this went down, Jonathan Martin texted me on my phone, 'I will murder your whole family.' Now, do I think Jonathan Martin was going to murder my family? Not one bit. He texted me that. I didn't think he was going to kill my family. I knew that was coming from a brother. I knew it was coming from a friend. I knew it was coming from a teammate.
-- Richie Incognito, during interview with Fox Sports
Incognito also accused Martin of using equally crass language, claiming that was the nature of their relationship.

"When words are put in a context, I understand why a lot of eyebrows get raised," Incognito told Fox Sports during the interview, which aired Sunday. "But people don't know how Jon and I communicate to one another. For instance, a week before this went down, Jonathan Martin texted me on my phone, 'I will murder your whole family.'

"Now, do I think Jonathan Martin was going to murder my family? Not one bit. He texted me that. I didn't think he was going to kill my family. I knew that was coming from a brother. I knew it was coming from a friend. I knew it was coming from a teammate."

Incognito, meanwhile, staunchly denied bullying Martin and claimed to be Martin's most supportive teammate. Incognito said he was genuinely surprised that Martin left the team and it became a national media firestorm.

"You can ask anybody in the Miami Dolphins' locker room who had Jon Martin's back the absolute most, and they will undoubtedly tell you [it was me]," Incognito said. "Jon never showed signs that football was getting to him [or] the locker room was getting to him."

Incognito confirmed that he did leave the controversial voice mail message to Martin last April that included a racial slur and a threat to kill Martin.  Despite the scathing language, Incognito said his actions "came from a place of love" and that vulgar communication was normal among Dolphins players.

"I'm not a racist, and to judge me by that one word is wrong," Incognito said. "In no way, shape or form is it ever acceptable for me to use that word, even if it's friend-to-friend on a voice mail."
In a transcript of the voice mail message from April, Incognito referred to Martin as a "half n-----  you're still a rookie. I'll kill you."

"It's thrown around a lot," Incognito told Fox Sports. "It's a word that I've heard Jon use a lot. It's not saying it's right that I did it and used it in a voice mail. But it's a lot of colorful words that are being thrown around in a locker room that we don't use in everyday life."

The NFL is investigating the troubled relationship between Incognito and Martin, who left the Dolphins two weeks ago because of emotional issues stemming from alleged harassment and misconduct.

"All this stuff coming out, it speaks to the culture of our locker room, it speaks to culture of our closeness, it speaks to the culture of our brotherhood," Incognito said. "And the racism, the bad words, that's what I regret most. But that is a product of the environment."

"[Martin] texted me and said, 'I don't blame you guys, I blame some stuff in the locker room, I blame the culture, I blame what was going on around me,'" Incognito said. "And when all this stuff got going and swirling and bullying got attached to it and my name got attached to it, I just texted him as a friend and was like, 'What's up with this man?' And he said, 'It's not coming from me. I haven't said anything to anybody.'"

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.

QUESTION:  
After our recent study on bullying, stereotyping, and peer-pressure, what is your view on this situation in the NFL? 
a.  Which player is a victim?  Why or why not?
b.  Are both players responsible for the outcome?  Why or why not?
c.  Is the coach responsible?  Why or why not?
d.  Is it okay for bullying to occur under certain circumstances in our society?  
e.  Have there been other instances of bullying/stereotyping in professional sports throughout history?  If so, explain the circumstance and compare the situation to this event.

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