Richie Incognito should never see an NFL field again. Simple as that. The story of his bullying of fellow offensive lineman Jonathan Martin has turned from what was thought to be usual team pranks into serious harassment including racial slurs and threats of death.
It has been reported that Incognito sent texts and left voicemails to Martin, here is a transcript of one voice message via ESPN.
"Hey, wassup, you half n----- piece of s---. I saw you on Twitter, you been training 10 weeks. [I want to] s--- in your f---ing mouth. [I'm going to] slap your f---ing mouth. [I'm going to] slap your real mother across the face [laughter]. F--- you, you're still a rookie. I'll kill you."
Incognito as now been suspended by the Miami Dolphins who took the necessary step in order to try and rectify a situation that has brought a dark cloud over the entire organisation.
Questions should still be asked about how this kind of behaviour went unnoticed with other incidents being reported with veteran players forcing rookie and younger players to pay huge sums of money to them.
These incidents can now not be dismissed as just “locker room behaviour”; before it was made clear about the extent of the bullying of Martin people were criticizing him for leaving the team because of poor mental strength. However this latest proof shows that Martin was right to leave the team and help bring the league’s attention to the atrocious behaviour of Incognito.
This sort of behaviour would not be acceptable in any other form of workplace, sporting locker rooms have for too long been treated like a unique situation in which normal social rules don’t apply.
Rookie hazing has become all too common place, some can be seen has harmless but when money and serious harassment comes into play its time to take a look at why players believe they can behave in this manner.
Incognito has always been known as a “dirty” player, someone who brought that extra kind of physicality to a team, but he has shown he is player no team should want to be associated with ever again.
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