Ricky Williams, who played with Richie Incognito when the two were with the Miami Dolphins in 2010, provided an interesting take on the Jonathan Martin bullying saga on Tuesday. During an interview with KGMZ-FM in San Francisco, Williams refused to blame Incognito. In fact, he argued that bullying is essentially what NFL players are expected to do on a daily basis.
“How is bullying something that’s even mentioned regarding the NFL?” Williams asked, via Chris Wesseling of Around the League. “Because that’s kind of what we’re taught to do — at least on the field — is to bully the guy across from us so we can win the football game.
“It’s kind of what we’re subjected to on a day-to-day basis that most people will never be able to understand. … And I’m not saying that it’s bad. I’m saying it just really speaks to what it takes to be a professional football player. And to me there’s no room to play the victim or to be bullied or to even have that discussion when it comes to the NFL. If you’re having that discussion, it just means that maybe you don’t belong in the NFL.”
Williams went on to discuss how he decided playing football wasn’t the career for him nine years ago. However, he accused Martin of using Incognito as a “scapegoat” and an excuse for why he chose to leave the team. In other words, Williams believes Martin would have left with or without the disturbing voicemails Incognito allegedly left on his phone.