Jonathan Martin reportedly told Richie Incognito over text message that locker room and football culture got to him
Though Richie Incognito reportedly is being examined by the NFLPA for his alleged bullying of Miami Dolphins teammate Jonathan Martin, the two apparently are on a good enough basis where they’re texting with each other.
NFL Network reporter Jeff Darlington says Martin on Friday sent text messages back to Incognito, who reached out to find out how his fellow lineman was doing.
Despite Incognito being accused of tormenting Martin, Martin called Incognito “buddy” in a text.
“How u doing buddy?” Martin replied to Incognito, according to Darlington.
“Yeah, I’m good man. It’s insane bro but just know I don’t blame you guys at all it’s just the culture around football and the locker room got to me a little.”
That seems like somewhat of a mixed message to me. If Martin admits the locker room and culture around football got to him a little, then wouldn’t that include at least to some extent the behavior of those who are in the locker room and part of the culture of the team?
I also don’t necessarily take Martin’s “buddy” response and conversation with Incognito to necessarily mean that the two are on great terms. Incognito is a veteran leader and representative of the team. Maybe Martin felt it was best to keep matters on a good basis for the time being to avoid being further ostracized by his teammates.