That suspended Dolphins guard Richie Incognito is a dirty player is well-documented. That’s he’s an alpha male with an anger problem who has had several brushes with the law is also on record.
But that he’s a bad teammate and racist whose relentless bullying of teammate Jonathan Martin over the edge has come into question after stunning comments in support of Incognito emerged from the Dolphins locker room yesterday.
So engulfing and bizarre has been this story that Giants coach Tom Coughlin spoke to his team captains yesterday about hazing and bullying and will address the team this morning.
Incognito allegedly shook down Martin for $15,000 for a trip to Las Vegas by some players that he didn’t go on and bombarded him with racially-charged and expletive-filled text messages and voice mails that have been made public.
However, Martin reportedly shared those text messages and voice mails with teammates and joked about them.
Suddenly, a different picture of Incognito is taking shape. Several current and former Dolphins, who are black, said they considered Incognito an honorary black man because of his background. Offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie, who is also black, said he thought Incognito and Martin were friends.
Quarterback Ryan Tannehill said Incognito viewed Martin as his “little brother.” Offensive tackle Tyson Clabo said he doesn’t know why Martin is doing this. Wide receiver Brian Hartline said he never thought Incognito would harm Martin.
Teammates issued no comments when asked if they would welcome Martin back.
What do you think? Have these revelations changed your thinking about Incognito? Have you ever heard a stranger story?
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• Victor Cruz held out of practice on Wednesday with a neck injury as a precaution; expected to return today and play vs. Raiders on Sunday.
• Giants coaches are telling the team to delete the Raiders’ 49-20 drubbing by the Eagles and quarterback Nick Foles’ record-tying seven touchdown passes from their memory. A different team will show up on Sunday.
• NFL selects New Jersey native Ted Wells as special counsel in Dolphins’ alleged harassing investigation.
• Jason Pierre-Paul says he’s at 90 percent, had his best practice of the season on Wednesday.
• Antrel Rolle stands by comments that Jonathan Martin should’ve stood up for himself.
• Giants try to sort out running back situation as Andre Brown and veteran Brandon Jacobs returns to the fold.
• Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor practices; running back Darren McFadden sidelined with hamstring injury.
• All NFL rookies are briefed by league on hazing prior to the season.
• Steve Weatherford Diary: The importance of a healthy lifestyle and its rewards.
FROM AROUND THE WEB:
• ESPN’s Johnette Howard writes that Giants safety Antrel Rolle is right to say Jonathan Martin needed to stand up for himself.
• Guard Chris Snee to undergo elbow surgery after having undergone hip procedure; undecided on his future.
• NFL must address hazing before it gets out of hand. Some may argue it already has.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING IN THE BAY AREA:
• Raiders defense continues to be a work in progress.
• Raiders rookie cornerback DJ Hayden not losing confidence after a rough outing vs. Eagles.
FROM AROUND THE LEAGUE:
• Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland reportedly said Jonathan Martin should punch Richie Incognito.
• Jonathan Martin reportedly checked himself into hospital for emotional distress after leaving team.
• Texans name Wade Phillips interim coach to replace Gary Kubiak.
• Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett suffering from brain trauma.