Report: Richie Incognito Called Jonathan Martin a "Half N*****", Threatened to Poop in his Mouth
We posted an update to the bizarre Jonathan Martin case over the weekend, but another major development occurred yesterday when the Dolphins suspended Richie Incognito for conduct detrimental to the team.
Martin, a starting offensive tackle and 2012 second round pick, left the team abruptly last Monday after falling victim to a prank at the team's dining facility. Reports quickly surfaced that Martin was routinely bullied by his teammates throughout his time in Miami, with fellow lineman Incognito serving as the ringleader.
Incognito responded to the initial reports by lashing out at ESPN's Adam Shefter in these, now-deleted, tweets.
The Dolphins initially tried to skirt the issue as well, calling accusations of bullying "speculation" in this statement:
The Miami Dolphins, including Coach Joe Philbin and Jonathan's
teammates, have been in communication with Jonathan and his family since
his departure from the club and continue to be in contact. Our primary
concern for Jonathan is his overall health and well-being. As an
organization, we take any accusations of player misconduct seriously.
The notion of bullying is based on speculation and has not been
presented to us as a concern from Jonathan or anyone else internally.
The reports that the NFLPA is investigating our players are inaccurate.
Additionally, the NFL offered its assistance during this time, which we
appreciated and gladly accepted. We will continue to make Jonathan's
health and well-being a focus as we do with all of our players.
Sources told ESPN that one of the significant allegations being
reviewed is that Incognito got Martin to contribute $15,000 to help
finance a trip to Las Vegas by a group of Dolphins last summer, even
though Martin preferred not to travel with the group.
go, Martin simply gave Incognito the $15,000, sources told ESPN, fearing
the consequences if he did not hand over the money.
However, the Dolphins quickly changed their tone Sunday in the face of hard evidence. Incognito reportedly left Martin multiple text messages and voice mails that were threatening and racially-charged. Per CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora:
Among the texts that Jonathan Martin made available to his parents, and then, eventually the Dolphins and the NFL, include those in which Richie Incognito refers to Martin, who is biracial, as a "half-n*****," according to a source who was privy to the communication.
There are several instances of threats as well, the sources said, and
overall disturbing exchanges, including one in which Incognito refers
to defecating in Martin's mouth.
Incognito also made reference to
tracking down members of Martin's family and harming them in the texts
as well, according to a source.
Remember Riley Cooper? That was nothing compared to this brewing shitstorm.
Finally, someone under the username idrd1994 has begun posting on the FinHeaven message boards, passionately defending Incognito while calling Martin and Mike Pouncey "black brothers that do drugs on a regular basis", praying for GM Jeff Ireland and Coach Joe Philbin to "die of AIDS" and accusing Martin of attempting suicide.
Why is an idiot posting baseless, racist nonsense on a message board newsworthy? Because, there's a very good chance idrd1994 is Incognito's father, Richie Sr. The username idrd1994 is registered on FinHeaven with the birthdate 12/14/1949, matching Richie Sr's. Idrd1994 also pops up several different places on the internet consistent with the Incognito's history, including a MyLife.com profile registered to a 63 year old Richie Incognito for Glendale, Arizona. Bing, bing, bing!
I'll leave the irony of defending a bully because the victim was suicidal for the readers to ponder. In the meanwhile, if these allegations are true, lets hope Incognito never plays another down in the NFL.