As you know, we discussed the Johnathan Martin – Richie Incognito event. In that post, we were outraged with respect to Incognito’s use of a derogatory term, “half-n****r”, among others.
It turns out, there may be more to it than that.
Dolphins players are defending Incognito, saying he’s a team leader, and frankly, Martin was less than put off with Incognito’s voice mail. From a Britt Hubbart tweet:
Hartline is outraged because he says Martin was passing the voicemail around earlier in the year and laughing about it.
Incognito had a joke interview with Jay Glazer yesterday, which frankly was filled with softballs. Then the so-called Fox Sports roundtable bashed Martin. It’s the kind of thing you’d expect from Fox News, much less Fox Sports. Hey, I have no love for most of the biased media–sports or otherwise–but unless you’re a stupid lame political mouthpiece, you know Fox and its alleged news channel is a big part of the biased media. Hell, it’s a great 24-hour political commercial, and I’ve always wondered is there a political “litmus test” their sports analysts have to pass? After all, a guy like Troy Aikman gets all these accolades for his broadcasting skill, but he offers nothing. He does do politics though, and like a good Republican, he’s associated with Fox. Anyway, I had a ton of questions I would have liked to have asked Incognito, like “how often do you use that word?” Glazer would do nothing of the sort.
Martin used his own texts, which Incognito tried to use to defend himself. Martin’s lawyer published it to place Incognito’s defense in context:
I think there’s a lot of stuff that went on in that locker room, and everyone seemed to be having a decent time with it. Then something happened and it went away from being a good time. I wonder what really, really happened? One day, Martin’s joking about stuff, the next he’s seeking counselling? What really happened? Martin seems to believe he won’t ever return to the Dolphins, while Incognito certainly won’t. It might be the end of both of their careers. Who wants that kind of toxic distraction in their locker room? Players would actively avoid Martin, and even though some of you want to treat him as if he’s Joe-bag-of-donuts going to work, and that’s entirely normal, pro football is an entirely different field of work.