Posted November 04, 2013

Reports: Richie Incognito used racial slur, threatened family members in texts to Jonathan Martin

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Richie Incognito is in the final year of his contract with Miami. (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Richie Incognito is in the final year of his contract with Miami. (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Suspended Dolphins lineman Richie Incognito sent texts and voice mails containing racial epithets and threats of violence to Jonathan Martin, according to Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports.

The NFL’s investigation into bullying and hazing within the Dolphins organization has uncovered evidence that includes Incognito threatening acts of violence against members of Martin’s family and referring to Martin, who is biracial, as a “half-n—–.”  Incognitio also left threatening voicemails for Martin, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

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Martin’s abrupt departure from the team in late October has led to an investigation into the NFL’s culture of hazing.

Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report has indicated that in addition to the written and spoken abuse, Incognito also invoked an extreme version of what is known in the NFL as a “rookie tax,” by which veterans force first-year players to pay for expensive meals. The report indicates that Incognito went as far as having Martin pay $15,000 towards a Las Vegas vacation for Incognito and other Dolphins.

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Incognito has been suspended indefinitely by the Dolphins pending the results of the investigation. Martin has taken a leave of absence from the team since the incident occurred.


8 comments
DaBears23
DaBears23

This is what a team does to win a game? This is how you treat a person that should trust you on the field and elsewhere? Aaa ww its just our culture you know, in the locker room..... one idiot said. Maybe this is one of the reasons why the news reports on the U.S. are filled with tragedy and despair. To the leaders of the NFL, I will not spend one dime on your franchises until you eradicate this type of behavior from your ranks. Someone who behaves this way has no possible claim to the privilege of playing a game for a living let alone be paid a ridiculously high salary to do so. It is time you demand nothing less than the most upstanding citizenry from your players and staff as a condition of employment. Listen up execs, No more beating of wives, firearms violations, drug use, bullying people, obnoxious behavior in public, or any other illegal activity of any kind. I am a public servant who would have been sent for prison for doing the same thing this animal did. I even have to go talk to the man if I were to just get a speeding ticket. I will not spend any of my meager hard earned salary on this nonsense. Players should be tough and hard. Be intense and competitive. Be strong in the face of injury and criticism. Be a role model for our youth. But not like Ritchie Incognito or many of the other millionaire burdens on society on your books. It's just too bad that you let the upstanding players be overshadowed by this crap.

overscored
overscored

In the corporate world, a coworker who did this would be fired or prosecuted for harassment. Or, depending where you are, doing this could get you beaten within an inch of your life or killed. Hiding behind "locker room comaraderie" is a pathetic attempt to justify his idiocy and extortion. 

I can't imagine Incognito doing well in the real world. He couldn't keep himself in the testosterone-fueled, steroid-fed manfest that is the NFL. I hope those free dinners, trips to Vegas, and nights tormenting 20 year-olds were worth not having a job. 

DianeRaetz
DianeRaetz

No one should Be exposed to threats and harassment on the job I'm glad Incognito has been suspended, and I hope, if the investigation shows he is indeed guilty he is terminated with no guaranteed money pad to him. I also hope Jonath Martin finds a safe and not hostile place to work in the NFL

malph
malph

Isn't "I'll kill you" an indictable offense

marneek
marneek

I went to high school with this jerk. He was a bully back then too. No one was off limits for this guy ... even the girls.

americanLatina
americanLatina

I don't know what the locker room is like today, but my husband said that if you couldn't stand the comments (about your race, your religion, whatever) then you better shut up. Everything was fair game. I wonder if anti-white comments are commonplace in the locker room today as they were in the 1990's?

M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy

@americanLatina How about I make wet back, cabbage picking, and quinsiniera pregnancy jokes all day? Would you perform at your highest level and get my back on the field?