Are you kidding me? If there are recorded voicemails, text messages and the like, not only are you done in Miami, you are done in the NFL. ESPN provides a sample of what Incognito said to Martin (allegedly):
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.
What I dig is, the culture of silence surrounding this type of behavior. The players who knew this was happening did nothing. In fact, the media pumped out crap indicating Incognito had changed his ways. From the Miami Herald:
Dolphins players and coaches hold Incognito in high regard. He is a member of the team’s leadership council and won the team’s Good Guy Award in 2012. Once regarded as an NFL bad boy and one of the dirtiest players in the league, Incognito has cleaned up his act since joining the Dolphins in 2010.
Really now. Meanwhile, the real douchebags are circling the wagons. Many NFL personnel men are wondering why Martin didn’t at least challenge Incognito:
I think Jonathan Martin is a weak person, said one personnel man, speaking on the condition of anonymity. If Incognito did offend him racially, that’s something you have to handle as a man! Mike Pouncey was a rookie at one point while Incognito was there and you never heard any complaints from him. There’s no other way to put it, other than him being sofTTT!
Perhaps it wasn’t Martin’s personality. But then again, what if Martin DID challenge Incognito? What if Martin chose to purchase a firearm and told Incognito it stops or I stop you right now? What if Martin chose not to deliver a warning and instead, come out firing? It happens in all other walks of life, why not the NFL? As a matter of fact, an NFL player did kill the mother of his child last year in Kansas City. He then shot himself at the team’s practice facility.
Cris Carter said “If an NFL player threatens to kill you, you had better take it seriously.” You bet. Earlier today, one of NFL Radio’s hosts bloviating that this “hazing” wouldn’t have happened on the Patriots. In turn, a caller astutely noted the Patriots had a (accused) double murderer on their team and apparently didn’t know. This could happen to any team. Unfortunately, we’ll find out that this kind of thing happens more often than we’d like to believe. I have to admit, I think Martin is soft. I’d have fought Incognito and beat his ass, even if I had to tear pieces off a blocking sled and beat him with them. But hell, the guy is your teammate. You need him to win. I think Martin thought he was in a position where he couldn’t say no to Incognito, and Incognito thought he’d toughen up Martin with the constant trash talk.