Dolphins players reportedly felt Richie Incognito was an ‘honorary’ black man, Jonathan Martin was not

Richie IncognitoWhile a number of people were appalled that Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito used racially-charged language in the voicemail he allegedly left Jonathan Martin, several of his current and former teammates do not seem bothered by that aspect of the ongoing saga. In fact, one former Dolphin reportedly told the Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero that Incognito was viewed by his teammates as an ‘honorary’ black man.

“Richie is honorary,” the player told Salguero on Wednesday. “I don’t expect you to understand because you’re not black. But being a black guy, being a brother is more than just about skin color. It’s about how you carry yourself. How you play. Where you come from. What you’ve experienced. A lot of things.”

If that sounds puzzling, consider this. Martin, who is bi-racial, supposedly is considered less black than Incognito. Salguero added that “multiple people” told him Martin was not accepted by the black players in the way that Incognito was. Martin is Stanford-educated and comes from a family filled with Ivy League graduates. According to one former Dolphins employee, his background led to teammates viewing him as “soft.”

That theory could help explain why several African-American players who are currently playing for Miami have defended Incognito, despite his alleged use of the term “half-n***er” in the infamous voicemail.

“I don’t have a problem with Richie,” Mike Wallace said this week. “I love Richie.”

Cornerback Brent Grimes and tight end Michael Egnew both stated rather emphatically that Incognito is not a racist. On Tuesday, Ricky Williams — another former teammate of Incognito’s who is also black — said there is no way Incognito can be racist.

As you can see, this story has taken on a life of its own. We’ve gone from a player being bullied a white guy being viewed as an “honorary black guy.” And underneath it all, we still have a player who was allegedly threatened and hazed to the point where he left the team. It’s no wonder people are having trouble understanding the dynamics of it all.

Full Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin history:
Jonathan Martin reportedly went AWOL after cafeteria prank
Jonathan Martin reportedly called ‘Big Weirdo,’ bullied by teammates
Richie Incognito said to be one of Jonathan Martin’s main tormenters
Jonathan Martin-Richie Incognito text message conversation
Jonathan Martin reportedly left Dolphins because of emotional issues, not bullying
Jonathan Martin ‘genuinely scared’ of what Richie Incognito might do to him
Richie Incognito suspended indefinitely by Dolphins
Richie Incognito reportedly told Jonathan Martin ‘I’ll kill you’ in racially charged voicemail
Report: Richie Incognito will never play for Dolphins again
Video: Richie Incognito dropped N-bomb during fit of rage at a bar
Antrel Rolle: Jonathan Martin is a ‘grown-ass man,’ just as much to blame as Incognito

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  • headman2

    It’s no wonder people are having trouble understanding it all? The only people having trouble understanding it all are limp-wristed sports writers and those unfamiliar with locker-room dynamics and REAL race relations. Injecting race into this story from the onset only muddied the real story of a group of assholes preying on a weak-minded teammate. Race should be no where near this story, but hey, what ever generates click-throughs, right?

  • Vermin_Cain

    “Martin is Stanford-educated and comes from a family filled with Ivy League graduates.”

    This is why these dummies think Richie is more black than Martin. I guess Martin would be blacker, if he was dumb, can’t read and was from the Ghetto.

  • Sen Bjorn

    so true and so fuckin sad….they’re threatened by Martin b/c he’s got a brain, moral compass and a career outside dumb-ball…NFL is full of illiterate ignorant pricks that have been praised and coddled their whole lives…

  • Tommy_Fitz

    I wonder when they are going to start suspending some black players for calling each other the “N” word. I hate that word more than any word in the English language, I wish the blacks would stop tossing it around like it still belongs in our society.

  • itsfun

    I fear the whole thing has gotten out of hand. Maybe if the media would take a break, the players involved in this could work things out. These kind of things should never happen, but lets try letting the folks involved fix it first.

  • William Rhoads

    This is a circus show now that espn ran there story last night about everybody denies it and saying that incognito was like a big brother! I find that hard to believe the main point to this tragic mess is the message to martin from incognito and the other is incognito history of a trouble maker on and off the field! those our the two main facts that we know happened! And in this case the message left for martin was not a message that a brother or anybody else would leave on anyone message! I believe that incognito response and the lack of any denial from that! Is quite obvious looks bad for incognito if he had not had other issue prior to this then i would weight this in a different light but the fact remains that this is not the first time that incognito has been in trouble and the message sends a clear message that he has a real problem! this the reason he should be banned from the nfl !

  • forGodsoloved

    the media always tries to make a bigger story. they don’t like reporting stories, they like to write them.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    what is sad is that so many people classified as black are also confused about what is or isnt racist.

    Its simple really, there is no non racist way for a white person to use the n word. just because someone has black team mates, a black girlfriend/ boyfriend, wife doesnt make them an anti racist.

    There is a power dynamic at work here as well. Incognito was told to toughen up martin so this was sanctioned by the head coach gm and owner. the player (incognito) head coach gm and owner are all white men.

    every so called black player knows that if they make a stink in public they could be viewed as the problem and hence could be out of a job.

    they know better than to bite the hand that feeds them

    what player on that team could challenge the foursome of incognito head coach gm and owner, with out fear of reprisal?


    this explains the players defending incognito as well as simply being misinformed on what racism / white supremacy is.

    we saw the same from vick and riley cooper.

    not surprising at all really

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    once he used racial slurs race became part of the story

  • UCrazy99

    Its all about context… If you don’t view it in context, it will seem that this issue is all about race. Like headman2 said, if you are unfamiliar with locker room dynamics you would never be able to see the situation for what it is…

  • UCrazy99

    How many years did you play football? How familiar are you with locker room culture? It sounds like not at all by your comments. The N- word only has the power that you give it. You really think they are going to cut Mike Wallace if he objected to Incognito using the N-word? Football is a violent sport where you have to be willing to ride or die for your teammates. Incognito rolls like that, that is why he is accepted by his teammates. Martin does not roll like that, therefore he is not accepted by his teammates… They view themselves as brothers, as family. Isn’t that what we want, an environment where you are judged by how you perform in the heat of battle and not the color of your skin???

  • COONhanger

    shut up ni66er !

  • COONhanger

    all blacks are NI66ERS !….always have been…always will be ! KKK RULES THE DAY