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Former teammates Karlos Dansby, Josh Brown share thoughts on Richie Incognito

Richie Incognito DolphinsRichie Incognito has been the talk of the NFL this week, with a number of coaches, players and analysts sharing their opinions on his alleged harassment of Miami Dolphins teammate Jonathan Martin. Many people seem to share the opinion of New York Giants kicker Josh Brown, who played with Incognito in college at Nebraska and with the St. Louis Rams a few years back.

“None of it shocks me,” Brown said Monday, via the NY Daily News. “I don’t know any details obviously. The league hasn’t released anything. But Richie seems to be a person with a tortured soul. He’s had these issues for quite awhile, and it’s sad.

“It seems like this is something that has been haunting him for more than a decade. He was always a very emotional player, very reactive. Obviously, I have a lot of assumptions in my head about what was going on (in Miami), and I’m probably going to be right.”

There’s a fine line between playing with a chip on your shoulder and acting inappropriately, and Incognito has crossed it on numerous occasions. The video we saw on Monday of the 30-year-old stomping around with his shirt off speaks to what Brown was referring to.

Still, there are a few people who seem surprised by reports that Incognito left Martin a racially-charged voicemail and threatened to kill him. Arizona Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby, who played with Incognito in Miami, is one of them.

“Richie was a down-to-earth guy,” Dansby told Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic. “I hate all this came out about him. It’s really attacking his character. I hope Martin doesn’t have any backlash from this from the rest of his teammates.”

Incognito should be the one dealing with backlash, not Martin. In fact, you could argue that the situation may not have spiraled out of control if Incognito had to deal with backlash from his teammates and coaches sooner — or ever. It’s normal for players to want to defend teammates and former teammates, but Incognito hardly seems “down to earth.” He’s obviously a man with some issues.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Richie Incognito appears in Dolphins PSA for the fan code of conduct (Video)

Richie-Incognito-PSARichie Incognito has always had a reputation for playing dirty on the field, which is likely why the Miami Dolphins thought it would be entertaining and ironic to feature him in a public service announcement about fan behavior at the stadium.

The Dolphins turned their fan code of conduct announcement into a spoof of a scene from “Major League II,” during which bad-boy Rick Vaughn (Charlie Sheen) filmed a Right Guard commercial that had a similar theme. The idea was creative, but Dolphins fans probably shouldn’t expect to see the clip at Sun Life Stadium anymore.

In the PSA, Incognito admits he has been called “overly aggressive” on the field. He then noted that he is “quite civilized” off the field. You’ve all seen that video of Incognito stomping around screaming with his shirt off at a bar, right? Yeah, you get the point.

Previously:
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

H/T Deadspin

Richie Incognito named Jonathan Martin as easiest teammate to scare in team program

Dolphins program Jonathan Martin

In a crazy incident of foreshadowing, Richie Incognito named Jonathan Martin as his easiest teammate to scare.

A few Miami Dolphins players were asked some questions for a fun Halloween-themed Q&A that appeared in the program for last Thursday’s Dolphins-Cincinnati Bengals game. Players were asked questions such as name your favorite Halloween candy and costume growing up. One of the questions was “easiest teammate to scare.” Incognito named Martin.

In the past, Incognito left a racially-charged voicemail for Martin where he threatened to kill his teammate.

Via Artrell Hawkins
H/T Barstool Sports

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Richie Incognito will reportedly never play for Miami Dolphins again

Richie Incognito DolphinsThe Richie Incognito investigation could take some time to sort out, but his fate with the Miami Dolphins has reportedly already been decided.

On Monday, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald spoke with a “ranking club source” who claims the veteran offensive guard has played his last snap with the Dolphins, regardless of what the league uncovers.

“He’s done,” the source said. “There are procedures in place and everyone wants to be fair. The NFL is involved. But from a club perspective he’ll never play another game here.”

The more we hear about Incognito’s alleged harassment of fellow offensive lineman Jonathan Martin, the more serious the matter sounds. The league has reportedly listened to a voicemail from Incognito that was left on Martin’s phone that proves Incognito used racial slurs toward Martin and even threatened to kill him. The voicemail was preceded by a report that claimed Martin is “genuinely scared” of what Incognito might do to him.

Salguero added that the Dolphins will go through the motions and wait for Incognito’s defense, but the team has grown tired of his antics. What was once perceived as an anger management issue and dirty play on the field has now grown into a much larger issue — one that could have legal implications in addition to disciplinary action from the NFL.

Incognito is 30 years old. Given his reputation and the shocking nature of the alleged voicemails and text messages he left for Martin, it would not be surprising if no NFL team chose to associate with him in the future. His career could be over.

Previously:
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

H/T Rotoworld

Richie Incognito reportedly told Jonathan Martin ‘I’ll kill you’ in racially charged voicemail

Jonathan Martin Richie Incognito

The NFL is currently investigating claims that Richie Incognito has harassed fellow Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin since his rookie season last year. The team announced on Sunday that Incognito has been suspended indefinitely. On Monday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter shared details of one voicemail Incognito reportedly left Martin back in April.

According to Schefter, the league has listened to a voicemail that contained the following message.

“Hey, wassup, you half n—er piece of sh–. I saw you on Twitter, you been training ten weeks. (I want to) sh– in your f—ing mouth. (I’m going to) slap your f—ing mouth. (I’m going to) slap your real mother across the face (laughter). F— you, you’re still a rookie. I’ll kill you.”

Incognito and Martin obviously are not friends. That means you can’t argue that Incognito is just a person who crossed the line while joking around with his buddy. In fact, Incognito is said to have been one of Martin’s main tormentors, despite the fact that he tried to share a text conversation he had with Martin that proves otherwise.

It is also worth noting, as FOX Sports’ Mike Garafolo pointed out, that a team trip to Las Vegas that Martin was allegedly forced to fund took place in April — the same month that the voicemail was reportedly left for Martin.

Another report from over the weekend claimed that Martin is “genuinely scared” of what Incognito might do to him, which could help explain why he called him “buddy” in a text message. This story gets more disturbing by the hour.

Previously:
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

Ricky Williams speaks out against bullying in NFL

Ricky Williams DolphinsRicky Williams spoke out against bullying in the NFL on Sunday in the wake of the Jonathan Martin situation with the Miami Dolphins. Offensive lineman Richie Incognito, who was said to be one of Martin’s main tormentors, has been suspended indefinitely as the league investigates a number of reports about his alleged role in Martin’s departure from the team.

Williams, a former Dolphins running back who played with Incognito in 2010, initially tweeted that he was in awe over the fact that bullying is an issue in the NFL.

When Williams was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in 1999, he said head coach Mike Ditka banned hazing. One year prior, second-round draft pick Cam Cleeland was injured during an infamous hazing incident in which veterans forced rookies to put pillow cases over their heads and run through a gauntlet of players.

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Richie Incognito suspended indefinitely by Dolphins

Richie Incognito DolphinsThe Miami Dolphins suspended offensive lineman Richie Incognito indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team, according to a report.

Incognito, who has been with the Dolphins since 2010 and is part of the team’s leadership council, has been accused of being the primary bully of Jonathan Martin. Martin, a 2012 second-round pick, left the team last week after snapping following a prank in the cafeteria.

The roots of Martin’s issues go much deeper than the prank; reports have said that the harassment of Martin has been ongoing since the tackle’s rookie season.

FOX’s Mike Garafolo says Martin’s representatives informed the team and league that Incognito has sent Martin multiple threatening and racially-charged text messages. CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported on Sunday that Martin is “genuinely scared” of Incognito. Those text messages might be part of the reason why.

Despite the reports of the problems between the players, a text message conversation between Martin and Incognito became public on Friday. In the text conversation, Martin called Incognito “buddy” and said he left the team because he had grown tired of the football culture and locker room.

Incognito went on a Twitter crusade early Sunday in an attempt to clear his name.

The Dolphins have asked the NFL to investigate the situation.

Previously:
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