NFL players are looked on as big rough and tough guys, and they are on the field. But sometimes in the locker rooms there are players that will cross the line. Jonathan Martin filed player misconduct complaint after claiming he was being bullied by Riche Incognito. Rookie hazing has been a controversial topic from the beginning. But when it expands past that it becomes a problem.
Riche Incognito has been known to be a dirty player. In 2009 he was named the NFL’s dirties player. There has to be a switch you can turn on when your on the field then turn it off when you off the field. Players can’t be justified for racist comments.
Transcripts of voice mails and text messages left by Richie Incognito for teammate Jonathan Martin. On of these voice mails is as follows.
“Hey, wassup, you half n—— pieces 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 real mother across the face [laughter]. F— you, you’re still a rookie. I’ll kill you.”
This was received by Jonathan Martin in April 2013, a year after he was drafted. There is a difference between rookie hazing and bulling. Racism has no place in a work place where 80% of the league are minorities. Players and coaches in the Dolphins organization clam they did not know this was going on in the locker room, which is hard to believe seeing that teammates rely on each other on and off the field.
Incognito has been suspended indefinitely while the NFL does an investigation. Jonathan Martin left the team and is uncertain if he will return. it will be interesting to see the repercussions that the Dolphins and the NFL will receive.
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