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.
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