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.

Post your comment below.  Cite evidence in the article or video to support your views.  Follow the guidelines of Digital Citizenship as you comment and reply to other posts.


 

 

237 comments:

  1. I think this situation is stereotyping because it's talking a lot about racial things. Jon Martin is the victim because he was getting bullied so much he left the team. I think that both players are responsible because they bullied and threatened each other causing it to continue. Bullying is never ok. I think the coach might be a bit responsible because a coach should always be in control. I bet there has been other events with bullying but I don't know the stories.

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  2. This is a very sad situation. Nothing like this should ever be going on in locker rooms. Teams are supposed to be family, look out for each other, and stand up for each other. Always have each other's backs and never leave a brother behind. I think that both players are the victim. Both of the players were bullying each other. Both players are responsible for the outcome. Both of the players were being cruel to each other and both players should be penalized. The coach is partially responsible. He should have been aware of what was going on in the locker room. He should have been watching his players and recognizing signs of this kind of activity. I feel that it is never okay for bullying to occur. Bullying is a very severe and harmful thing. It should not be tolerated under any circumstances. There probably have been other instances bullying in professional sports. These instances that have probably occurred have not been publicly released.

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  3. First of all I think both of the players are victims because Martin might not be sending the messages.Maybe Martin is sending the messages and the other guy is the victim.I'm pretty sure both players are responsible for the outcome since maybe the first one who got message should have made the other stop right away.

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  4. My view on this situation is Cyber Bullying. Incognito says that they were friends, team mates, brothers. All Martin did was text Richie some really hurtful things. I think that if things like this don't happen in our Jr. High's locker rooms, than it shouldn't be happening in grown men locker rooms. I think that the coach is responsible because he trusted the men and realized that he can't due to stupid things. Incognito is the victim because he was the one who got bullied and he was the one that left the team due to it. I think that only Martin is responsible from this outcome because he began the whole thing and Incognito was even still being nice to him; Martin kept bullying him too. This whole situation is crazy, I didn't think that adults bullied each other.

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  5. I think this situation is bullying, because they are telling each other bad things. I think both the players here are victims, because they told one another horrible things, such as racial slurs and saying they are going to kill the persons family. The coach is responsible, because he should have been trying to stop this from happening in the locker room. Bullying is not okay in any way in our society. I bet you there is loads of stories like this, but I haven't heard of any other stories yet.

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  6. This situation is not bullying. I watched a bit about this on NFL Network this morning, and hearing him in the interview, i believe that what he was saying was true. Inside the locker room, their communication is vulgar, and I know from experience that's how it is being on a team. In this Incognito is a victim of ignorance; The ignorance of everyone who hears the story and immediately jumps to the conclusion that he's a bad man and was mean to his teammate. Team mates are hard on each other to motivate them and help them improve. In this situation it wasn't "bullying". It was probably just one teammate ripping on another and it went a little too far.

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  7. Martin is the victim because he was getting bullied so much he left the team. I think that both of the players are responsible because they bullied each other causing it to keep on going.

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  8. I think that this could have been seen as bullying from another persons perspective but I personally just think that they were screwing around and one guy pushed the limit. They are just insulting each other and making fun of each other, that is just what friends do. Although I can see where the guy is coming from, and how he would be "scared" about what the other guy is saying about him and his family. I mean saying something about him is one thing, but threatening his family is another. I think a simple apology would have saficed and then they could get over it.

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  9. Ariadna De La Torre 11/11/13 9:55 am
    This situation is not bullying. I saw the video and herd the interview and it is just a miss understanding of bullying this was just a problem in a team every team has problems when just a kid doesent listen to the other one so they start ripping on another and it went to far that one thought they where bullied

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  11. I don't think any of them are victims. If they allow it to happen and joke around about it, they are not victims. Both players are responsible for the outcome. They should have reported it before it got to of point of threats and being racist. I don't think the coach is responsible because he didn't know what was being said in the locker room, and he can't read the players texts unless he has their phones. It is never okay for bullying. There has been bullying throughout professional sports. There is trash talking and then they sometimes fight.

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  12. Martin is the victim because he is getting bullied by someone but doesn't know who it is.I think no because its only one that is getting bullied the most and suffering.Yes the coach is responsible because why is he letting it happen.No its not okay because bullying leads a lot of people to commit suicide. No i really don't think it has been happening in other sports.

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    1. I agree with you but disagree with you. How do we know the coach knew right away? But the rest I agree with you on.

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    2. I agree with you, Gladis!! I love how you wrote Martin is the victim because he is getting bullied but doesn't know who it is.... I like that sentence. Great Job!!

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  13. I think that both players are victims because they have both said bad or negative thing to each other over a long time. Yes, they are both responsible because they were both doing it even tho it happen to become viral when Martin sent that text to Incognito. I don't think the coach is responsible because he has who knows how may people that he is looking over and he can't watch everybody all the time. I do think that bullying is bad and it should never happen anywhere.

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  14. I think that both players could be victims. The reason I say this is because they were both threatening each other, so therefore I think that they could both be victims. Yes I think that both players are responsible for the outcome. They both could of decided to stop texting each other, but they chose to continue. In my opinion the coach is somewhat responsible for the outcome. The coach should of been monitoring the players and their behaviors. I feel that the coach should be responsible for the players and their actions. I think that bullying should never occur in our society. Bullying is wrong and should always be. I'm sure that there has been other situations like this one in a professional sport. There aren't any that I know of, but like I said I'm sure that there are.

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  15. I think both are because they are both saying bad things to each other which kinda makes them both a victim. They are both responsible because they both are doing it. The coach is very little to blame because how can he check the players phones and it said that they didn't show it on the field. It is ok to bully at sometimes like bullying a friend and calling him weird and thats just playing around. This has happened in sports for a long time from racism to players plain hating each other.

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  16. Richie is the victim of course. He is getting mean texts messages and people are saying mean things to him. Both players are responsible because they both had a part in this. I do not think the coach is responsible for this because he didn't really do anything to start it. It is not ok for bullying to happen in our community. It is horrid and bad! I honestly do not know if there were any other mistakes like this.

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    1. No Martin is the victim because he is getting the mean messages. Richie is the one sending them to Martin.

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  17. I think that both players are victims. Both players are victims because, both Martin and Incognito were threatening or saying negative things to each other. Yes, I do believe that both Martin and Incognito are responsible for the outcome. One of them could have stopped texting/calling each other but, they didn't. In my opinion, the coach is somewhat responsible. I say this because, he can control what happens in the locker rooms and out on the field but, he can't control how they call/text each other outside of the field and locker room. I don't think that it is okay for bullying to occur in our society. Bullying causes people to be in danger, hurt, etc. which is wrong! I believe that there has been other situations with other professional sport players. The coach said something in the video about something happened in Kansas with someone being bullied.

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  18. Both players aren't the victims. They both said mean things to each other they should both be accountable not just Richie Martin too! They shouldn't be saying those types of stuff to each other that's not how a friendship works! I wouldn't want my friends to be cursing at me and saying threats! That's not type of friendship I want to be involved in!

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  19. Jonathan Martin is the victim because he is the one getting mean text message's from a close tea mate. His team mate said he was going to murder Jonathan's family. that didn't bother Jonathan Martin because it was coming from a very close friend and team mate.

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  20. Both players are really both victims from each other. It was either one said something to one or the other wa around. They both said things pointed towards eachother in a mean manner and the in turn makes each of them the victims. Even if one player said something different or even ignored it they both effected the out come and made it known that they got into a fight. I really don't think that it is the coaches fault but he proubably could have helped the locker room situation.I really don't think that bulling should happen any where but we can't control what other people do and why they do it. I only watch sports for the pleasure of the sport, I don't keep up on the things that happen outside of the game.

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  21. I think that Martin is because he is getting bullied. It got so bad that he had to leave the team. Yes they are both the outcome because they both keep bulling each other and they wouldn't end it. The couch is kinda responsible. Yes he is cause he should have stopped then both from bulling and no because it wasn't his fault,he didn't start it,but he should have still stopped them before anything got really bad. It is bad to have bullying in are community! If people get bullied it is hard to get over it because it will all ways stay with you. People will not stop! Only reason people bully other people is because they what to be cool.

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    1. I agree because Richie should be stopped.

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  22. The coach never should have let this happen because then he would not be a big bully like he is now and Martin is the victim of this whole thing because Incognito started this bulling when he was in college.he should have been off of the team.

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  23. Nether of them are victims. And they are both responsible for the outcome because they both were saying bad things to each other. Yes the coach is responsible because he should have payed better attention to the players and the things that were being said or talked about. No bullying should never be accepted because it is mean to people.

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  24. I think that Richie Incognito was the victim because he got threatened that someone going to kill his family. Both players were responsible for the outcome because why would Jonathan Martin want to do that to him unless Richie Incognito did something to him? The coach would have been the coaches responsible for it because he could've stopped it before it got too far, but he didn't. Bullying isn't okay even if there are certain circumstances why you are doing it because it is still bullying. There are some stereotyping in professional sports because girls aren't supposed to play professional football because the players hit too hard.

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  25. I see this situation as bullying, and they are both victims of the situation. They can not blame anyone because they do it to each other. They only bullied each other, and no one else was involved, except for the people that would have to listen to it in the locker room. I do think that it is okay for bullying to occur under certain circumstances, because it was like a play, they did it for real, but did not mean it. An example would be like when one teammate sent the other player that he was going to murder his family, the message was sent, but it did not happen for real. The coach can try to help so they don't do that in the locker room, but it does not always work.

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  26. The player that is being bullied Jonathan Martin because Incognito referred "Martin as a half n**** and that he was still a rookie." "I'll kill you." Yes both players are responsible because Martin said, "I will murder your whole family." And then Incognito posted on voice mail that included, "a racial slur and a threat to kill Martin."Yes the coach is responsible because he allowed this to happen and didn't do anything to stop it.No it is not okay for bullying to occur under certain circumstances because it could still hurt another persons feelings.There is probably other people that has been through this event but I don't know any of their stories.

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  28. I say Martian was the victim because he was being bullied so much he had to leave the team, I say that both of the players are responsible because they both did something to be in this situation!

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    1. Yes, because they are both responsiable.

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  29. A: Martin is defiantly the victim of the bulling because he is leaving because of that.
    B: Martin is slightly the cause but Incognito took it too far.
    C: The couch probably has the least to do with this because he yells at them to make them mad and they might release it out on the team.
    D: I don't think it is ever okay.'
    E: There is one I know from my heart, that is the house of pain. The house of pain is the astrodome or the Oilers stadium. The oilers were the dirtiest players of 85 I have ever seen. They actually won most of their games.

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    1. I agree with D because it is never okay to bully someone.

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  30. My view in this is that they shouldn't be doing these things they are teammates and they should not be bullying one another. I believe that Richie Incognito is the victim in this situation. I think this because he is the one getting the threatening texts. I think both of the players are responsible for the outcome because they both took part in it and caused each other to do and say things. I think the coach is some what responsible for this because he controls what goes on in the locker room. Noi don't think it is okay for bullying to occur at all because it makes people feels bad and do things that they know they shouldn't.

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  31. My view of the situation is that Richie Incognito escalated things too far. I judge this upon the fact that I have heard lot of evidence against him, not only in this video, but also on the news. Incognito could have been the one to stop it, but in the end Martin was so that doesn't look very good in terms of what was going on. I have a lot of doubt on whether Martin was saying these things too, because if he was then why wasn't Incognito the one to report it? I think that authority figures are blamed too often and that this probably would've gone on whether the coach had tried to stop it or not. I'm not sure about other instances where there has been bullying in sports, but I have a feeling their has been and that more will come to light because of this. In the end it is NEVER okay to bully someone in any situation. Even if you consider it "just joking around".

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  32. I believe that both are victims. They both threatened each other and offended each other. They are both responsible for the outcome because as one fired the other one backfired. The coach had some fault, but definitely not all of it. He should have been alert on what happened in the locker room, but he is not a babysitter. Especially, when they are all adults. Bullying should not be allowed under any circumstances. I have never heard any other stories of bullying/stereotyping in sports.

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    1. I agree with you Jaquelyn. The coach is somewhat responsible. He should have to monitor them 24/7.

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  33. I think they both are victims. They both bullied each other. Yes, because they both bullied each other. Yes, because he didn't control the locker room. No,because we would all bully if it was okay. I don't know.

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    1. I believe that they both bullied each other but wasn't mostly Richie's fault? Also what are you answering when you say, Yes because they both bullied each other?

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  34. I think Incognito is the victim because he is the one that Martin was harassing him. I do believe that is is both of their faults because Martin was being mean to Incognito because he was threatening him and his family. No the coach is not responsible but he could have stopped it. I mean it's his team word spreads around he probably knew about it but didn't do anything to help. I don't see this as bullying I just see it as 2 guys making fun of each other but Martin pushed it too far. In today's society some people can have their friends make fun of them but they still laugh. I think this is the case they are friends with that relationship but they don't take offence. But Martin did go a little far with threatening his family friends shouldn't do that. I don't know if anything like this has ever happened in history but it's possible that it could have happened. So in conclusion I think Incognito is the victim but both of them are to blame plus I don't really think this was bullying I think it was just them talking but it wasn't meant to be harmful.

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  35. I would say that both players are the victims. Yes, both players are responsible for the outcomes because they both threatened and insulted each other. The coach sure did have some fault, yet not all. The coach should of been aware of what was happening in the locker room, but the football players should’ve know what the right thing to do was, especially since they are adults. I believe that bullying should NEVER occur under any circumstances in our society. I have not been aware of any bullying/stereotyping in any professional sport.

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  36. I don’t think this situation is considered bullying. From my point of view, I just see this as two guys messing around and one of them just took it too far. They were just making fun of each other it’s what friends do. So really neither of them can be victims because they both let it happen. They both said some harsh things making both of them responsible for the outcome that was made. Which leads me to say that I don’t believe the coach can be responsible for anything that happened. To me the coach can’t be responsible if he didn’t know what was going on. Now bullying is never okay under any circumstances, but to me this shouldn’t even be considered bullying. It was just two friends joking around it happens all the time. Has this ever happened in any other sports in history? Probably yeah, but I’m sure it was under the same circumstance that they just took it too far without meaning too. It happens everyday, they just need to apologize and move on.

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  37. My view on this situation is that it is harrasment,bullying, I also think that they are both victims in this case because they both had threatened each other. Both players are responsible for the outcome because it was their actions. They decided to send rude, and dreadful texts and voice mails to each other. In the video Herman Edwards as a former coach of two football teams believes that it is the coaches fault. In a student's point of view I believe that yes the coach is responsible. As said in the video Herman Edwards says, "The enviornment in the locker room is set by the head coach." "It has never been set by a player." I believe this is a very good statement. Also I believe the way the coach sets the enviornment is how the players will act in the enviornment with is the locker room. It the coaches job to take control over th locker room. No, it is not okay for bullying to occur under certain circumstances in our society because bullying effects people and their lives greatly. It leads to many different things sometimes. in conclusion they were both victims and the players and the coach are responsible.

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    2. I agree with your post Breana because you stated the main purpose and gave examples that they are both victims, but I think that the coach is not in the situation. Now that I have read your post I agree with you about the coach and I also agree about the locker rooms too.

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  38. My view is that it is Cyber Bullying, because most of it is happening through text messages. I think both are the victims, because they are both say negative things to each other. They should have reported it before it got to of point of threats and being racist. I don't think the coach is responsible in this case. The coach didn't know what was being said in the locker room,and he can't read the players text messages unless he has their phones. Bullying is not ok in under any circumstances in our society. I'm pretty sure that there has been other situations like this one in a professional sport. Though I don't know there stories, but I'm pretty sure it's happened before.

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  39. My view is that they are bullying themselves,and they don't really care.I think that Richie is the victim because he the one being talked about and bullied.Martin saying he was going to murder his family. No, the coach is not responsible because he didn't start it or was in there to see what was happening at this point of view.

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  40. I think the victim of the situation is Jon Martin because he was harassed and bullied by Richie Incognito. I think only Richie was responsible for the outcome because it was his fault that they are in this mess. Yes he says that Jon was also bullying him right back but to call him a racist name and to come back after the insult from Martin isn't right. Incognito should have used the Golden Rule and not of made a comeback. The coach is somewhat responsible, for one it isn't his fault because two grown men shouldn't be acting like 12 year old, but it did happen in the locker room which he is supposed to make sure everyone acts responsibly. It is never acceptable to bully for any reason no matter what the situation. I am not sure if there were any other professional sport bullying but I bet there were because no one can seem to be nice to each other.

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  41. I think that they both started it because it said that martin texted that he was going to kill incognito's family. Then incognito said that he had sent a voice mail saying he was going to kill martin.

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  42. If what Incognito said is true, both of them were at fault. Assuming that his statement was accurate, they both obviously said hurtful things, and picked on each other. If it had been Incognito that had left the team, the fingers would have probably pointed at Jonathan. My theory is that maybe Jonathan didn't understand that Incognito was just playing around, and sent that text to get him off his back, and then it was Incognito that didn't understand that Jonathan was being purposefully nasty to him, but that is just a theory. It could also be a publicity stunt. I cannot say if both players are responsible, because I don't know that whole story. Having input of some team mates might have helped stabilize the situation. I don't think it is the coaches fault. Even though this ended up effecting the team, it was more on a personal level than anything. He shouldn't have to monitor his team's texts. Something like this has undoubtedly happened before, but probably didn't get so much publicity.

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  43. I see this problem as bullying. They only bullied each other, and no one else was involved, except for the people that would have to listen to it in the locker room. I do think that it is okay for bullying to occur under certain circumstances. I also do not think that the coach is responsible. Even though this ended up effecting the team, it was more on a personal level than anything. He shouldn't have to monitor his team's texts.

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    1. I do agree with you that the coach shouldn't be responsible for anything that happened. Although I don't feel that this situation should be considered bullying. They were messing with each other they didn't actually mean the things they said.

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    2. Carly H. I do agree with you when you say that it was a bullying issue, but I don't agree when you say that bullying is okay under some circumstances. Bullying is never okay sometimes bullying can lead to death, and do you think that would be okay?

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  44. I think that Incognito was the one getting bullied by Martin because it says in the article that Incognito sent him a message saying he was going to murder all of Martin's family. Whether he believed it or not it was still wrong, and just because one person does it doesn't mean you should. Both players are not responsible because Marin is the one who started it so it is still his fault. It is also Marin's fault like 3% because he didn't do the right thing.I think the coach is of all the most irresponsible because he was the one letting all of that happen. He could have threatened them to lose their jobs if things like that kept happening, but he just technically ignored them. It is never okay for bullying to happen, no matter who, what , when , where, or why.

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  45. I think that he should go back on the team. Guys and some girls talk like that if they are good friends they will say things about each other

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    1. He wasn't joking though. Who would literally say that I'm going to kill your family. If you say that, then you are a terrible person!

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  46. The player that is the victim is Richie Incognito. The reason I say this is because he got a text from Jonathan Martin that said "I will murder your whole family". When Richie Incognito got this text he thought he was kidding because a friend like a brother that is like family wasn't sure about the text. Jonathan Martin denied all of the writing in the text and said that he did not do it, so everyone wondered if he was telling the truth or not. They are not both responsible for the outcome because they are not sure if Jonathan Martin wrote the text or not and Richie Incognito is just the victim of the whole situation in this problem because he is being threaten. The coach is not responsible for this happening because he had noting to do with I think because no one knows who sent the message. To me I think that it should not happen in the world, because this hurts other people's feeling in a bad way. Yes, in sports around the world have had this situation before in the locker room, but I don't really pay attention to sports on TV, so I don't know about a lot of fights that have happened on the team.

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    1. I get your point!!!!!!! Yeah, I'm don't really follow up on football either!!! :)

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    2. Nice Raquel!! I like your point and me either! :)

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    3. I don't agree that it was Richie was the victim. They both were harassing each other and Richie took it a step further that caused this whole media conflict. Also the coach is some what responsible because he should of been able to control the situation, this is coming from an athlete from a situation like this.

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  47. It was bullying because they both said bad things about each other and threatened them. I think the coach is mostly responsible because a coach should always control his team and the behavior. I think Richie should remain suspended.

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  48. Yes, this is bullying because he was threatening someone's life.
    Yes, because if there was a problem he should take care of it instead of letting it get out of hand. Yes, he should be kicked off the team. Because it could still happen afterwards.

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    1. You have a good point of it could happen afterwards.

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    2. Yeah, Meghan it could happen again, but he could stay if the coach would be more responsible of the team players!

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  49. I believe that it was somewhat bullying….they said they were friends, but they were using foul language, and threatening each other.

    The coach I don't think should be responsible because it happened off out of the locker room, but he should have known what happens in the locker room. Richie should remain suspended because even though they were friends in a fight, he is setting a bad example for society. Football players are supposed to be role models, not dramatic trouble makers!

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    1. I agree completely ollie

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    2. Good JOB!! Olyvia! I really do agree with you!

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  50. I think it is consider bullying because he was being mean to martin. The coach is kinda responsible because he should know what is going on between the players. Richy should be suspended from the. Evidence should be reveled and from there they should think what should of happened.

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  51. Yes, this is bullying because he was threatening someone's life.
    Yes, because if there was a problem he should take care of it instead of letting it get out of hand.
    Yes, he should be kicked off the team. Because it could still happen afterwards.

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    3. I agree because.he was saying bad stuff that was heartbreaking.This is defiantly bullying. I think that the coach should be responsible because he is the coach and he needs to see whats going on and they suspend Richy from the team.

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  52. We think it would be considered bullying. Incognito was saying mean things and being extremely rude to Martin. We think the coach is somewhat responsible for what happens in the locker room. He should be aware of what is going on between his players. We think that Incognito should be suspended or possibly removed from the team. The evidence should be thoroughly reviewed by the coach and other officials, and a punishment should be decided from there.

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    1. I agree with you. But I don't think that he should be kicked of the team

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    2. I agree because, he was saying mean and hurtful things. That is completely bullying, the coach should be semi responsible for what goes on in the locker room. Good job!

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    3. You are right. He should be aware of what is going on between his players, and he was saying mean things to Martin.

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    4. I highly agree with you! But yeah he shouldn't be kicked of the team.

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  53. Yes, this is bullying because he was threatening someone's life.
    Yes, because if there was a problem he should take care of it instead of letting it get out of hand. Yes, he should be kicked off the team. Because it could still happen afterwards.

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  54. Think it would be bullying because the coach should be aware of what going on between the team from all the fighting. Incognito should be suspended are punish for what he is doing to martin.

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  56. I think it was bullying because Jonathan Martin said that he would murder Incognito whole family. How I know that is because it says in the article that Incognito got a text from Jonathan Martin and it said," I will murder your whole family." That is how I think is was bullying.

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  57. I think this was not bullying. Why well martin was just playing around with Richie but he thought it was for real. I think not both of them were responsible maybe martin was little because he was the one who started everything. Also the coach is a little bit responsible of what happened because he should know what is going on between his players. I think this kinda of bullying should of not happened because now people out there are talking about them witch is not good.

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  58. What Martin did was cyber bullying and it was wrong. I mean they were teammates and you shouldn't treat a friend- or anyone- like that. I don't think that the coach shouldn't be held accountable for what happened because he trusted the men and thought that he didn't have to have someone make sure that nothing bad happens. Martin should leave the team if he hasn't already because if it was my team than I wouldn't want him a part of it anymore because people would look at our team as rude and disrespectful. I believe that this whole situation shouldn't have happened because it was a big bowl of drama that did no good.

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    1. Good job Katy. I agree with the first part but shouldn't the coach teach the players what he wants them to do instead of trust them and leave them alone?

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  59. We think that it was cyber bullying because it was texting. The coach was a little bit responsible for what happens because it’s his team and he was right to trust them alone in the locker room until this happened. We don’t think that the coach should be held accountable for what happened but he should begin monitoring them.Richie should be let go from the team because if it were our team we wouldn’t want it to be looked at from what he did.

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  60. The people that are supposedly getting hold accountable for this situation should not get held accountable. They dont know who the real victim was. I don't really believe that is was considered bullying. Its just boys messing around like they always do. Then again in that situation that is nothing to joke about. I'm really just in between. I dont know what side to pick.

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  61. I agree with most of your article. It is very well written. The only thing I don't agree with is the part about the coach. I think the coach should be partially responsible because not all of the bullying happened outside of the locker room or the field. I think the coach should be more aware of what is going on in the locker room and on the field. I understand that the coach can't do anything about what happens outside of the locker room and the field. I just think he should have more control and awareness of what is happening while he is in charge.

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  62. I think that the guy should be let on the team because this was not bullying since they are just guys being guys.I think that since in the beginning of this post Incognito said that he dint believe he would kill anyone since it was coming from a brother.I'm really sure Martin wouldn't have though that Incognito would have told the world.Well I'm sure Martin dint mean it in a bad way since him and Incognito were good friends since Incognito considers Martin as a brother.

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    1. I agree because like I posted, they were just screwing around and that is what friends do.

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    2. I agree with you because they were at that point which they could talk to each other like that.

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  63. I agree with you mike because a lot of people want to kick him off the team.

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  64. It is verbal of like saying that he would kill him.

    People who might of know would speak up. People should have know about the locker room who knows what that guy could do. That man is bad, for the public.

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  65. I think he was getting cyber bullied because the bullying was not like it was face to face,it was through text messages.I do think that the coach should be responsible for the actions to because he should have done something about it.Richie should only get suspended from the team because everyone deserves one last chance

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  66. I think that Richie and Martin didn't have that type of relationship and that Richie is just trying to get all the blame off of him

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  67. I don't think it was bullying. In the article, he said they had a relationship in which they could talk like that. If people were being offended then they should've stopped it earlier, instead of waiting until it got to far. I don't think that the coach should be held responsible because he shouldn't have to babysit full grown men.

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  68. I still think that it was not bullying. Like I have said before they were just screwing around. I think that the boys are grown ups and the coach should not have to worry about dealing with that. They are grown up and they can handle it themselves. I also do not think that he should get suspended. This whole controversy will be over within a week anyways, so why does it really matter if they said those things?

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  69. Their relationship was unique because they would use equally crass language. If the Coach was in the locker room the behavior of the students would be better. Richie should remain suspended from the team or let go from the team so none of this happens again.

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  70. I don't think that any of this is really anyones business. Though I believe that he should have watched what he said and not constantly said things like that. It may have been like a joke in the beginning but it went too far. I don't think that people should be worrying so much about this. This kind of thing happens every day and no one cares.

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  71. I do not think this was okay for Richie to do even though that might be how they talk. It just isn't right it was occasional then it wouldn't be so bad but all the time just isn't right

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  72. After talking with my group I still feel that this incident was not bullying. It was just two friends that were joking around and one of them took it too far. And it really wasn't the coach's fault because how was he suppose to know what was going on unless someone were to tell him? He has like 40 other players on the team I'm sure he doesn't know what's going on with them either. So really this whole thing was a waste of time. Richie shouldn't be let go from the team for something he didn't really mean.

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  73. I don't think it was bullying because it was just two friends messing around and it got out of hand. I don't think the coach should be responsible because he is looking over a lot of people in the locker room.

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  75. I think that they were bullying each other, because they were saying to each other that they are going to kill the other person's family. I think that the coach is responsible for this, because this all started in the locker room, where he should have stopped it, because as one of the guys said "It was normal to talk like that in the Dolphins locker room." The coach could have stopped all of this from happening if he had stopped the whole thing at the start. I think Richie should be suspended unless the publicity gets too bad, like death threats, and such, then he should be released from the team.

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    1. YES Cadin I Agree with you about the bullying part.And i also do agree that he should've stopped it.

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  76. Yes I do think it was bullying because it was only happening to one of the players not all of them and when someone is getting bullied they usually only bully on person.Yes i do think that the couch is responsible because he should know what is going on in the locker room and if he was a very good couch talks to the players about how bullying is bad.I really do think that Richie should remain suspended because if he is a famous player and should pass on good influence to his fans.And he should also remain suspended because what he did was wrong.

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  77. Kegan I agree with you that the coach should not get blamed he should not have to be in the locker room 24/7 watching the players.

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  78. I think this was a form of bullying because even if he was kidding he still might have hurt someones feelings. I do not think the coach is in anyway responsible for what these people were. I think this because you are accounted for your own actions. I think that Richie should let go from the team because he could never know what could happen.

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  79. I am kind of sitting on a fence here I hate bullying but if what Richie said was true then they were just being dumb and if he is lying then he is the bully it all comes down to we need more evidence.I do think that the coach should be held partially responsible for this now I say partially because the coach has to be in the locker room and he has to control the situation but he didn't.I think that Richie with all the things going on with the Dolphins that he just got frustrated and he just exploded on someone and he needs some time off.Also I believe that the media is just blowing this out of proportion now I think that they should cover it a little but these guys are grown ups and should figure out their problems on their own time and in privacy.

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  81. I don't think that it was bullying. I just think that it was two adults fooling around and acting immature. It happens in a lot of sports and locker rooms. I think that the coach was somewhat responsible for the ordeal. He should be aware with what is going on with his players, but he shouldn't have to monitor them 24/7. They are all adults and should be able to handle their own problems. I think that Richie should just remain suspended. If he doesn't learn his lesson though and the problem keeps happening, then yes I do think that he should be let go from the team.

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    2. I agree with your point of view. If that keeps happening then he should be let go.

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  82. Was it bullying? Ya, I'd consider it as bullying because they both did it, and they both kept it going.
    Is the coach in any way responsible for what happens in the locker room? Well, kind of, because he should know what goes on in the locker room, but yet you wouldn't think things like this would happen.
    Should Richie remain suspended or even let go from the team? I think Richie should remain suspended because, there's nothing good gonna come out if you just make him leave the team.

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    1. That is what I think he can come back later when everything is handled. I think that they are two grown men who need to stop fooling around because, look where it got them. Even if they are close friends they shouldn't be fooling around like that.

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  83. This isn't the coaches job. The coaches job is to call plays and work with players on the field. In the locker room, they aren't disciplinary figures. They give a speech, then they start working on next week's game-plan. If there are issues between players, it stays between players. There wasn't even an issue if you ask me; It's just 2 guys talking to each other with explicit language and it went a little too far. It's not bullying. I've been in a football locker room a lot, and even at my age this stuff happens. I'm sure Richie Incognito isn't the first person who's spoken to Jonathan Martin like this. There are probably lots of people in the locker-room who say negative things to each other, but for some reason Jonathan Martin up and left the team. I think a minor suspension was necessary to appease the public, but he didn't do anything wrong, and cutting him would be totally unnecessary.

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  84. I think that Martin was the one who was getting bullied. It got so bad that he had to leave the team. Yes, they are both the outcome because they both kept bullying each other and they wouldn't end it. The coach is kind of responsible. The coach should have stopped them both from bullying .He didn't start it,but he should have still stopped them before anything got really bad. Bullying is not the right thing.

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  85. I think that the bullying type was more like cyber bullying, but it wasn't so much of high bullying standard it was more like a standard type of bullying. I don't think that the coach in any way is responsible for the issue. Yes, maybe he should've stop by into the the locker room once in awhile to check is going on but, the players are adults and should know the expectations. I think that Richie should receive a minor suspension, and also a warning and given notice that if this happens once more he should then get suspended. I also think that media is making things even worse by sharing the information about this conflict.

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  86. Kegan I agree that the players if they were felt like they were being called bad things, that they should have told someone at the start, before it got bad.

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  87. I think its not bullying and that the couch has no responsibility over this it some his fault but not all like he needs to see what is happening with his players and this was just two friends treating each other fretful and they
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  88. I hate all these ignorant people that think richie Incognito is a bully. When I read comments from people that say "he's a bad man", and he should go to jail", my brain cells commit suicide 1 by 1 because I'm just so frustrated.

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  89. I believe that it is bullying. The coach was responsible for everything that went on in there. I say this because it isn't right to just watch. Serious problems need serious people, and people who don't care don't fix. I think that Martin should be let go. Just because he did it doesn't mean he started it. If it wasn't for Incognito neither of them would be in trouble, and both of them would probably be closer. If they didn't act like they hated each other so much they would solve many problems.

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    1. I disagree with you Gillian because there is a rule or policy I think that the coaches aren't allowed to go in the locker rooms. So I disagree

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  90. What did I think if it was bullying.I think it was a bit of bullying and just a bit of messing around. I think it is a bit of the coaches fault because its his team and the other reason why it is you can't really control what a person does as much you would control your heart beating. I think he should have time to cool off and come back after a while to play on the team again.

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    1. I agree because I think they were just messing around and fooling around. I also think it got to serious though.

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  91. It was bullying for sure, bullying is where you insult someone and it happens more than once. I still do think that it is the partly the coaches fault because some of it happened in the locker room but also he isn't responsible because they are grown men and they shouldn't need another adult to help resolve this. I do agree with the decision to suspend him and I think he should be suspended for the rest of the season but can come back next year, he should know how to address a problem and act like and adult and know how to treat his team mates.

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    2. I agree with you because if you are being picked on multiple times it is definitely bullying. I forgot to add that into mine.

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  92. This is a form of bulling. It is bad bullying. He says that he is going to kill Jonathan's family and Jonathan! The coach is not responsible because he is not in control of what these grown men do or say in the locker rooms. Richie should stay suspended and then come back later. This is most likely a one time thing, just let it go!

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    1. That is exactly what I put I am on your side.

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    2. I do believe that this is bullying also because it is not only affecting them, it is affecting the whole team. I also disagree with you on that the coach is not responsible, I believe that he should be held responsible because it is affecting the whole team.

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    3. I totally agree with you that what they said was very vulgar and some very irresponsible words even to and from a team member.But I don't see how the coach is not responsible because it's his job to be checking up on the players to see if everything is okay.But I do agree that he should be suspended but not for a while.

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  93. I believe it was bullying because he did something wrong so he should get the punishment. No he is not it is the players that are in it so they should keep it clean and not fight in there. Richie should remain suspended because he did something wrong and he should pay the full punishment.

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    1. WHY? He didn't do anything but continue it on! It really wasn't his fault, if I got an insult like that I would totally flip. I think you are wrong because it hurts to have something like that said to you and sometimes you can do things out of control. Bad Lizzy.

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  94. I think Richie was a bully because he said he was going to kill Jonathan and his family. I also think no because Jonathan started saying this stuff. The coach was not responsible because these are grown men they shouldn't be bullying each other. Richie should not remain suspended because Jonathan started it.

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  95. I think that this situation is cyber bullying but, I also think that they are just two grown ups fooling around that just went to far with the media. I say this because it said in the article that they are really close friends and they have each others back. It also says that he doesn't believe that he would kill his family. I believe that the coach is only responsible for what happens in the locker room only if he is in the locker room or there at the field. If the coach isn't there then I feel like he shouldn't be held responsible because, he wasn't there. In my opinion Ritchie should just remain suspended for now until they can get more evidence that he was serious and that he wasn't just fooling around like best friends do.

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    1. Alyssa, I disagree with you because the coach should be responsible whether or not he is in the locker room. He should be the one controling the locker room and inforcing the rules or it will make his team look bad like they do right now.

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  96. Yes, I believe that the coach is responsible because the coach is supposed to have rules that apply to using the locker room. As Herman Edwards said, "The coach is supposed to run the locker room not the players." Which believe this is a great statement. I don't believe that Richie should stay suspended. They were both involved in it but I believe it should be over with now, and that he should not be suspended.

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  97. Is he a bully, he is a bully maybe beyond bullying. You don't threaten people that might take it in deep. The coach should be responsible because he should have been in the locker room checking up on them and making sure there doing what they are suppose to be doing. I believe that he should be able to come back but not for a long time.

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    1. How are they not bullies because they both said some vulgar things to each other.But I do totally agree with the whole coach being responsible part because the coach didn't do anything to stop it from happening. And I also agree that he should not be kicked off the team.

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  98. The type of bullying that this is, is that it is cyber bullying because it is happening through text messages. I don't think that the coach is responsible, because since this is happening through text messages. He wouldn't know unless he took their phones away and read them, or they told him. Richie should just be let go by the team, because it feels as if he's just being the problem that keeps commenting horrible things. So in that case Martin is sending mean comments back. Therefore I think they should just both be kicked out of the team, so they can realize what this all led them to.

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  99. I think that Richie Incongnito is always a bully I never liked him when he played football but let me say some things. Yes I think he was a bully because he was never nice to people but but his team because in the article he was doing threats and racial slurs. Also I think he should of been suspended because if you are being offensive to your own teammates or other players of the NFL then yes you should be suspended. Also the coach is not responsible for this because there's like a policy that the coach can't go in the locker rooms so yes the coach had no responsible for this action that Richie Incongnito did.

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  100. Yes, it was bullying because he messaged him saying that "he is going to murder his family"..if they were fooling around they would've told everyone by now. Yes, the coach is responsible for what happens in the locker room. My opinion is that Richie should let go from the team because its not right to tell a teammate that.

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  101. I don't think it's bullying. I don't think it's bullying because Richie was protecting himself. The other guy had started it then he started spitting out his comments instead of keeping them to himself. If they are thinking of kicking him off, They shouldn't!! They should just suspend him. But then again he shouldn't get suspended or kicked off.

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  102. I'm kind of in between that it is bullying and it isn't because they said that, that's just how they communicate. So I think that they were just messing around with each other and people made a bigger deal from it.Victims? Well it's a little of both because I don't really think they are victims because they know that they're messing around with each other but in a way they are experiencing bullying.I think that maybe these are the types of things people shouldn't really get involved in.

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    1. I think that you are right with the whole victum thing. they aren't really but at the same time they are.

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  103. I think that Richie shouldn't remain suspended even if it was bulling or not. I think that they weren't bulling but that they were just talking like friends. I also think that the coach is responsible for every thing that happens in the locker rooms.

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  104. I don't think this is bullying, I think it was just 2 adults messing around with each other. The coach is somewhat responsible for what went down in the looker room, but the coach shouldn't have to be looking over their shoulders 24/7, they are adults they should be able to take care of their own problems. Richie should be suspended because if he isn't, it will just continue.

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  105. I say that it is not bullying because they don't know how they get alone they may have been playing.I don't think that coach is responsible for what happen the coach is not to be in the locker room with the player.

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  106. This is A form of bullying because If you say a mean comment to a person no matter what age and you keep doing it that is a type of bullying! Is the coach involved? Yes, because it's his team he shouldn't have his players saying mean things to each other. The coach should make sure they get in a long as a team! Richie should have an extended suspension for a at least another game!

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  107. Was it bullying? It was a type of bullying. It was bullying because the person texted someone that he was going to kill his family. Should the coach be held responsible? I don't think the coach should be held responsible because he can't control what happens in the locker room. Should the person remain suspended or get kicked off the team? I think that the person should just remain suspended.

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  108. I'm stuck between the whole bullying thing because they said that's just how they speak to each other. I think the coach should be somewhat held responsible for what happened because he should know what's going on. Also, I think Richie should be suspended, but he should not be kicked off of the team.

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    2. Even though the coach did not know about it you still think he should be accountable for what happened? I a pretty sure that the coach would have said something or done something if he would have known but I like your point.

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  109. I think that this is bacically bulling on the players part, because he didn't stop after the first comment he continued to harrass him. I think that the coach can't control what the players do in the locker room because he should only have to be responsiable for what happens on he field. He's there to help them inprove on what they are doing. I also think that Riche should be able to go out and play on the team again, just because 2 FULL GROWN MEN were mess ing around doesn't mean that one of them should get punished for something that they both did.

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    1. I disagree about the coach part the coach should have control of his/hers team no matter what!

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    2. I agree with you Sydney because they are full grown men and should know better. I agree with everything. Good Job!!

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  110. Yes it was bullying because Richie Incognito said that Martin was a half n**** and before Incognito said that Martin said that I will murder your whole family I don't think that was necessary even if they were friends on the same team because some people take things very seriously. Yes I do think that the coach is responsible because he should have been checking up on the team instead of just letting it slide. I don't think Richie Incognito should be kicked off the team because they Martin and Incognito both said some bad things to each other and that he should be allowed to play on the team for a while.

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  111. I do consider it bullying because he is harassing his teammate which is bullying. It was not their coach's fault because it is not his responsibility for grown men to stop acting like kids. At the same time It was his fault because he should be checking up in the locker room a lot. He should still be suspended for a while then come back later because if they were teens they would get suspended for a while then they come back.

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  112. Yes I do think this is bullying because Richie was hurting a person (Martin). The coach is not responsible because he was not in the locker room at the time when this happened. Richie has done the time of what he did. I think Richie should come back to the team soon.

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  113. I don't think that it was not intentional bullying because I and any other football or sports player know that people that say things that may sound hurtful but it is a form of brotherly love. Like during football season my teammates are my family. So I don't think that it was intentional bullying. I think that the coach should have been more responsible and tried to listen to what was going on but he didn't so he should have some sort of punishment. I don't think that Richie Incognito should be let go. Good people make bad mistakes.

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  114. I think it is bulling because Riche was sending Martin the text messages. I think that it is the coaches fault because he is the boss of the team and should be held responsible for the team bulling each other. Riche should remain suspended till he can be nice and obey the rules that they signed up for.

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  115. I do consider this situation bullying, because it is affecting the team, it is all over the news! I do hold the coach responsible for what goes on. Coaches always are suppost to get in your head about doing the right thing, and teamwork. This is why I think the coach is responsible, he should be stopping what is going on. Richie should be able to join the team because if they let him go, yes they won't have to listen to the fighting, but they will not have a team member.

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  116. Yes, Richie should get longer time to think about what he did wrong. No, the coach should not get in any trouble because none of the teammates told him what was going on.

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  117. do you think the problem is bullying? I think it is bullying. Do you think the coach has anything to do with this? but the coach has nothing to do with the problem because the coach is in charge with what goes one the field not the locker room also he's not in charge of the player's personal problem's. Should Richie remain suspended or even let go from the team? I think he should remain suspended or be released because he's a good player I think even though I don't like football people probably say's he's good but he should stay on the team.

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  118. I think that it is not bullying because he didn't do anything to him except threaten him. I also think that the coach is not responsible because what could've he done to start this? I think that he should not be suspended, he should be able to practice with the team, but have the coach watch him like a hawk, but not be able to play in the next game.

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  119. I think this is a type of bullying, because he said he was going to kill Jonathan Martin and his family. I kind of think that the coach is responsible, because he could have said something to the guys. But if the coach wasn't in the locker room, then one of the other team mates could have told the coach what was going on. I think they should suspend him for a couple more games, then they should release him. But, if he were to say more things, then I think that they should let him go.

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  120. I think this situation is bullying because they are telling each other bad things. I think both the players here are victims, because they told one another horrible things, such as racial slurs and saying they are going to kill the persons family. I think the coach is not responsible because both of them are adults they should know that saying things like that isn't okay. The coach can't be in a locker room 24/7. My opinion is that the coach isn't responsible at all for what happened between both adults. He should be suspended for what he did or else the conflict will continue.

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    1. Its part of the football culture. Im not saying its ok but it happens all the time.

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  122. I think that this is bulling and I don't think the coach is not completely responsible for this and I think Richie Incognito suspension should be longer or even kicked off the team

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    1. I agree with the bullying and about the coach but not about the suspension.

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  123. I say that Richie should be accounted for what he did to Jonathan. Because he threatened his family. I would think its in the range of bullying. Richie should be suspended for what he did for the rest of the year.And the coach should be responsible inside and out of the locker room.

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  124. It was bulling because they were fighting with each there calling each there names. The couch is responsible because he should have been there but it is some what not his fault because he should not have to babysit them. Richie should be suspended because either people think that it is a big deal what happened so he should be suspended for two more weeks or one month.

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  125. I think that this situation is should be considered bulling. I don't think it's fair that the team gets all this publicity for not football but something totally immature. The coach should not be held responsible. They are grown men and should think. I think that they should only be suspended because they will regret it and will want to come back. They might not even want to come back.

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  126. Personally I think that bulling is BAD BAD BAD. I think who ever is involved should go to jail for at least 2 and a haft years for bullying. Yes I do think that the couch should be watching for bullying in the locker rooms. TAKE HIM TO JAIL!!!!! I will never ever change my mind about bullying.

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  127. It was not bullying if he was playing around if Martin says that he can mess around with him.It is not the coaches fault for what geos on in the locker room when he is not in their.If anything it is the staff that work in the locker rooms fault for not notifiey the coach about this.Richie should be susspended for another 2 games to prove that bullying and threatening is not good to do to other players or anybody as of that matter.

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