Richie Incognito apologizes to ‘brother’ Jonathan Martin

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Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito returned to Twitter on Monday afternoon and began the early phases of repairing his image. After telling people to “stop the hate” and accusing media outlets of being the real bullies last week, Incognito decided to give a general apology. Several hours later, he apologized to Jonathan Martin.

It’s kind of hard to believe Incognito thinks of Martin as a brother after reading the texts he sent to Mike Pouncey. Incognito then sent out a few more bizarre tweets and apologized to Dolphins owner Stephen Ross.

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Bipolar Richie Incognito returns to Twitter and apologizes

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Richie Incognito returned to Twitter on Monday, three days after going on a huge rant and deactivating his account. The former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman made it his mission to apologize.

I was just joking about Incognito being bipolar — I have no idea about his mental health status — I just know that he described his relationship with Jonathan Martin as bipolar, and these tweets are the exact opposite of the kind of stuff he was tweeting on Friday.

Here’s a look at some of those tweets:

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Peter King thinks Richie Incognito will be signed this year

Richie Incognito DolphinsRichie Incognito may have a reputation for being one of the most despicable characters in sports right now, but that doesn’t mean his NFL career is over.

I have felt that the bullying situation with Incognito in Miami would blow over by the time the NFL season came around and that he would end up back on a team, but my opinion doesn’t mean as much as an NFL insider like SI/NBC Sports’ Peter King, who feels the same way.

During an interview with the Dan Le Batard Show on Friday, King said he thinks Incognito, an eight-year veteran, will end up signed this year.

“I will bet anybody out there [that Incognito will be signed],” King told Le Batard. “I think Incognito will be signed, even if it’s this year. You know why? Because he’s good. And the NFL can forgive anything. And they can forget anything. Because this guy’s good — he’ll make the team better. If there’s a playoff team out there that needs a really good guard … somebody’s going to sign Richie Incognito on an incentive-laden contract and he’s going to make a lot of money.”

King believes Incognito will take some anger management/human respect type of classes to build back his reputation, possibly be suspended for a little while, and then get signed. He also believes that Incognito will be smart enough to know to shut his mouth and play the part of a quiet teammate.

I have felt similarly, which is why I thought he’d end up back on another team. As long as he’s in an environment where others can put him in check and he’s not a team leader, he might be a decent guy to have around. It would just be a matter of him being in the right situation.

Richie Incognito talked about shooting black people, Jeff Ireland

Richie IncognitoThere are so many notable angles to emerge from the Ted Wells report on the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin bullying investigation. We’ve covered many of them already, but another one is how Incognito and another Miami Dolphins player texted about shooting black people and former Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland during conversations about guns. You can read about it in the text message exchanges shown below:

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Though the investigation and reasonable people would recognize they’re just joking, it’s nonetheless disturbing to read that those are thoughts they had and joked about. The investigation concluded that despite those being jokes, a lot of it was rooted in deep-seated racism, which is how I view it.

In the end, Incognito definitely comes across to me as a crazy guy who is a good football player, sometimes endearing teammate, but crosses the line way too frequently and doesn’t know when to stop. He creates a bad environment for a lot of the people around him, and he’s certainly not the kind of disturbing force I’d want on my team. Martin also seemed to accurately evaluate himself when he said he’s a pushover and recognized that it is not in his nature to fight back with words or physical force. That’s probably why the tormenting of him never stopped.

Richie Incognito attempted to destroy ‘fine book’ that Dolphins offensive line kept

Richie IncognitoMuch 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.”

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Report: Richie Incognito, Mike Pouncey wore Japanese headbands on Pearl Harbor day to mock trainer

Mike-Pouncey-DolphinsThe bombshell investigation that attorney Ted Wells and company published on Friday not only concluded that Jonathan Martin was a victim of workplace harassment, but also that Richie Incognito, Mike Pouncey and John Jerry acted similarly toward others within the organization. One of those people was an unnamed assistant trainer.

Shortly after Martin left the Dolphins during the 2013 season, reports surfaced indicating Incognito and at least one other player had also harassed a team staff member about his ethnic background and made inappropriate comments about his wife. Now this from the Wells report:

On December 7, 2012, the anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Incognito, Jerry and Pouncey donned traditional Japanese headbands that featured a rising sun emblem (which the Assistant Trainer had given them) and jokingly threatened to harm the Assistant Trainer physically in retaliation for the Pearl Harbor attack. According to Martin, the Assistant Trainer confided in him that he was upset about the Pearl Harbor comments, finding them derogatory toward his heritage.

Wells and company also found that Incognito, Pouncey and Jerry frequently used racial slurs like “Jap” and “dirty communist” — among other vulgar expressions — when speaking to the trainer. The trainer, who implied he was concerned about losing the trust of the players, said he could not recall the racially-charged incidents or if the linemen made any remarks about his girlfriend. The denials were not believed, as it was noted that the trainer later sent the following text to Martin.

“Hey JM I understand how [y]ou feel man … They are relentless sometime … Some day I wanna do exactly what you did today.”

The message was sent hours after Martin chose to leave the team on Oct. 28.

Again, we have no idea why Incognito tweeted earlier this week that the truth is going to “bury” Martin. Most people are going to take the Wells report as truth, and that does not bode well for Incognito’s career.

Richie Incognito to Mike Pouncey after Jonathan Martin left Dolphins: ‘F— that guy’

Richie Incognito DolphinsLast week, we shared with you a number of text messages that had been exchanged between Miami Dolphins offensive linemen Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito. Although we had yet to hear many aspects of the story, it seemed like Incognito and Martin were friendly enough with each other that you could argue Incognito was blindsided by Martin’s accusations. The Ted Wells report has changed most of that.

At one point after Martin left the Dolphins, Incognito reached out to him to say, “I’m here for you” and ask how he was doing. According to the Wells report (page 133), Incognito had the following exchange with fellow offensive lineman Mike Pouncey just hours later.

Incognito: F– Jmart That f—t is never [allowed] back
Pouncey: Bro I said the same thing I can’t even look at him the
same he’s a p—y
Incognito: My agent just asked if we held mandatory strip club
meetings Jmart is f—–g ratting on everyone
Pouncey: Lol wow are you serious he is a f–k boy
Pouncey: He’s not welcome back bro I can’t be around that
f—–g guy
Incognito: F–k that guy if Ur not with [u]s Ur against us
Pouncey: No question bro he’s a coward for snitching
Incognito: Snitches get stitches Blood in blood out F—–g guy
Pouncey: He’s dead to me

In the days following that conversation, Incognito reached out to Martin again and said, “I need you buddy I’m getting killed in the media.”

Simply put, it appears obvious that Incognito went into panic mode when he realized how serious the allegations against him were. He was likely trying to butter Martin up, but it was far too late.

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