Richie Incognito attempted to destroy ‘fine book’ that Dolphins offensive line kept
Much of what was written about the Miami Dolphins’ bullying scandal in the Ted Wells report that was published on Friday is hearsay. The “fine book” that was kept by Richie Incognito and other Dolphins offensive linemen provided concrete evidence of the type of mistreatment that was going on in the locker room.
The fine book was a standard notebook where O-linemen would write down immature things that they were fining each other for, such as farting, showing up late for meetings, failing to bring candy to practice, and having ugly shoes. However, there were also some notes about pushing Jonathan Martin over the edge emotionally, which Incognito referred to as “breaking Jmart.”
Incognito told Wells and company that he and the other O-linemen would jokingly speculate about which teammate would “break first” as a result of being made fun of. After Martin left the Dolphins in late October, Incognito fined himself $200 for “breaking Jmart” and awarded fellow O-lineman Nate Garner a $250 bonus for “not breaking first.”
Incognito admitting that he “broke Jmart” means he was aware he was trying to harass Martin to the point where something drastic would happen. That’s likely why he tried to have the fine book destroyed, as evidenced by the identical text messages he sent to both Mike Pouncey and Garner on Nov. 3.
“They’re going to suspend me Please destroy the fine book first thing in the morning.”
Incognito said that he wanted the fine book destroyed because he thought it would be “misunderstood,” but Wells and his associates noted that the attempt indicates he is aware he pushed Martin over the edge with the way he treated him.
Not only did these dudes take it too far with taunting their teammates, they even wrote it down in a notebook. How dumb can you be?