Shannon Sharpe spoke powerfully about the Miami Dolphins and Richie Incognito situation on Sunday during the CBS NFL pregame show “The NFL Today,” blasting the team for allowing the lineman to use the n-word.
Sharpe said flat-out that he doesn’t believe the Dolphins are telling the truth about Incognito and that they are saying what they think people want to hear.
“From what I’m hearing from the Dolphins, from what I’ve read in the paper, I don’t believe they’re telling the truth,” Sharpe said.
Sharpe then struck out against the culture he believes the team “allowed to flourish” in the locker room. Specifically, Sharpe explained how powerful the n-word is and how he can’t believe the team’s players allowed Incognito to use the epithet. He also said “there’s no such thing” as someone being an “honorary” black man, which is what one former Dolphins player reportedly said to describe the situation.
The n-word is often used in a casual way from one person to another black person, which is supposedly how Incognito was using it. Warren Sapp even says Incognito call him it during a game. Some feel — and some in the Dolphins locker room believe — that Incognito had a pass to use the word. Sharpe explains why he and many others feel it’s an unacceptable term.
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
Dolphins coaches reportedly asked Richie Incognito to toughen up Jonathan Martin
Richie Incognito makes first comments, says ‘this will pass’
Dolphins players reportedly felt Richie Incognito was ‘honorary’ black man
Brian Hartline: Jonathan Martin laughed at voicemail
Tyson Clabo: Jonathan Martin should stand up and be a man
Jeff Ireland reportedly advised Jonathan Martin to punch Richie Incognito
Richie Incognito accused of sexual harassment at 2012 golf event
Dolphins player told Jonathan Martin he was going to f— his sister
Richie Incognito reportedly held O-line meetings at strip clubs