Posted February 06, 2014

Richie Incognito suspension lifted, tweets Jonathan Martin support

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Richie Incognito (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Richie Incognito has been under fire since his November suspension. (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

With a full report from an NFL investigator looming and text messages surfacing, Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin are back in the news.

Incognito’s suspension was lifted on Tuesday, a move the Dolphins said was an administrative one agreed to by both sides a couple months ago and had nothing to do with the league’s investigation.

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Incognito took to Twitter to voice his support for Martin as he pursues an NFL job next season, and to thank family and friends for support. Martin is under contract with the Dolphins but isn’t expected to be back with the team.

Martin, who said he tried to befriend Incognito in their time as teammates, noted in an interview with NBC’s Tony Dungy he “felt trapped” because of persistent vulgar language and abusive jokes.

Mark Schamel, Incognito’s attorney, responded with a statement saying Martin was “hiding behind false allegations” rather than dealing with “his poor on-field performance and myriad other issues.”

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12 comments
PigglyWinks
PigglyWinks

Easier to get mommy involved and sue than to work harder and do better on the field

c000868
c000868

why are people giving the black guy a free pass?  He was giving as good as he was getting in the text messages.  Hell my black friends call me white trash and I call them black trash; it's all in fun; Martin just got butt hurt and couldn't hack the job

nathan l
nathan l

Fat, Drunk and Stupid: The Richie Incognito Story. Coming to a stadium near you.

ArnoldRiveron
ArnoldRiveron

Philbin at least deserves a year more. Let's see if the Dolphins make the playoffs next year.

PWINGS
PWINGS

If the Dolphins bring Incognito back next year, it says either:

          1) HC Joe Philbin knew of and condoned / encouraged Incognito's behavior or

           2) Philbin has lost the locker room and Incognito runs it

In either case, the Dolphins lose if Incognito returns.

Obviously, there is no way Martin returns even if Incognito leaves.

In the end, regardless of who leaves or stays, the Dolphins lose especially since they chose to retain Philbin. Big mistake!

PigglyWinks
PigglyWinks

@nathan l Fat, slow, and whiny: the Jonathan Martin Story. NOT coming to a stadium near you.

PWINGS
PWINGS

@ArnoldRiveron   Since the Dolphins owner likes Philbin and he canned GM Ireland, Philbin will get another year if not two. After seeing Philbin and the 'Fins on HBO Hard Knocks, it was obvious that Philbin is a nit-picking, micro-manager who walks around literally looking for untied shoelaces and unbuckled chin straps. To think that he had no idea what was going on in his locker room and had nothing better to do with his time than be the "clothing police" is laughable. I've worked for managers like that and they may as well wear a breadboard sign around their neck that's says "overpaid and clueless"!


If he didn't know, he has no control of his team and should be canned. If he did know, he has no idea of how to build a functional, successful team and should be canned. Since I'm not a Dolphins fan, it doesn't affect me either way but I'm really bothered by how Philbin's getting a free pass by everyone in analyzing this dis-functional situation.

If you're a Dolphins fan, I wish you luck. You'll need it!

GoPSULions
GoPSULions

@PWINGS If you haven't, you need to read the message exchanges between them.  While vulgar, sexist, homophobic, and possibly racist, Marin participated as well.  He did not say stop.  He did not stop replying until after he left the team.  The published exchanges look like they were friends to me.  While we may not like the way Incognito speaks, it is the way many in that culture do.