Jonathan Martin, Richard Incognito And The National Football League


 

By Jueseppi B

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This is a very sticky nasty complex issue of racism, harassment, bullying, misconceptions of masculinity and common sense.

 

I’ll start off with this:

Incognito Used Slurs In Voicemail to Martin

 

Published on Nov 4, 2013

Marcellus Wiley joins Numbers Never Lie‘s Jemele Hill and Michael Smith to discuss breaking news reports of a transcript surfacing that details a profane voicemail allegedly left by Miami Dolphins‘ Richie Incognito for teammate Jonathan Martin.

 

 

 

From The Huffington Post:

Richie Incognito Threatened Jonathan Martin, Used Racial Slur To Refer To Dolphins Teammate: REPORTS

 

Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito used a racial slur to refer to teammate Jonathan Martin in threatening text messages, as first reported by Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com. Martin, a second-year offensive lineman, abruptly left the team last week to reportedly receive help for emotional issues.

 

Citing a source with knowledge of text messages that Martin made available to his parents, the Dolphins and the NFL, La Canfora reported that Incognito called Martin, who is biracial, a “half-n*****” and threatened his family. ESPN’s Adam Schefter obtained the transcript of a threatening voicemail that Incognito allegedly left Martin. Citing sources multiple sources who confirmed the authenticity of the transcript, Schefter reported that the NFL and the Dolphins have heard the message.

 

Schefter and ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, citing multiple sources, reported over the weekend that Incognito played a key role in the alleged bullying and harassment of Martin. Incognito, however, denied the reports and lashed out at Schefter on Twitter for linking him to Martin’s case.

 

The Dolphins issued a statement Sunday morning saying that the“notion of bullying is based on speculation and has not been presented to us as a concern from Jonathan or anyone else internally.” But later on Sunday night, the Dolphins suspended Incognito indefinitely.

 

“We believe in maintaining a culture of respect for one another and as a result we believe this decision is in the best interest of the organization at this time,” the organization said in a statement released just before midnight. “We will continue to work with the league on this matter.”

 

According to Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports, Martin will begin his therapy today in California.

 

UPDATE: Citing a “ranking club source” on Monday, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reported that Richie Incognito is “done” with the Miami Dolphins.

 

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

 

Thank you The Huffington Post

 

 

From The Hollywood Gossip:

Richie Incognito Voicemail Includes Homophobic Slurs, Racial Taunts

by Hilton Hater

 

Rookie offensive lineman Jonathan Martin left the Miami Dolphins last week due to frustration and anger over being at the center of multiple, extreme hazing rituals.

 

And now transcripts of a voicemail teammate Richie Incognito left for Martin give fans a clearer idea of just what had been going on inside the Miami locker room over the past few months.

 

Martin had reportedly paid $15,000 to Incognito for a Las Vegas trip that he did not even attend, telling sources that he feared repercussions from his fellow lineman if he did not pony up the cash.

 

It’s unclear what, exactly, Martin meant by this – but one can hazard a guess based on the following, which is a transcript of a voice message Incognito left for Martin in April 2013, a year after Martin was drafted:

“Hey, wassup, you half nigger piece of shit. I saw you on Twitter, you been training 10 weeks. [I want to] shit in your fucking mouth. [I'm going to] slap your fucking mouth.”

 

“[I'm going to] slap your real mother across the face [laughter].”

 

“Fuck you, you’re still a rookie. I’ll kill you.”

 

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that officials from the NFL and from the Dolphins have heard the message and also seen texts from Incognito to Marin that include derogatory terms referring to the female anatomy and sexual orientation.

 

Incognito was suspended indefinitely by the team last night for conduct detrimental to the squad and has a resume that would make Lindsay Lohan ashamed.

 

He was suspended by the University of Nebraska in 2004 for violations of team rules; dismissed from Oregon after transferring there; and was voted the NFL’s Dirtiest Played in 2009.

 

Still, though, Miami voted Incognito to its six-player leadership council to start this season.

 

It is unknown, meanwhile, if Martin will return to the Dolphins.

 

Thank you The Hollywood Gossip

 

 

From The Miami Herald Blog:

Incognito considered black in Dolphins locker room

 

Posted by Armando Salguero

One of the most curious aspects of the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin story is how race has become very much a part of it outside the Dolphins locker room — in the media and among fans and observers — but not at all so far within the Dolphins locker room. 

 

Think of this:

Richie Incognito left Jonathan Martin a voice mail that, among other things, called Martin a “half-n—-r.” And Dolphins players of color, knowing of the voicemail, have expressed no problems with Incognito.

 

“I don’t have a problem with Richie,” Mike Wallace said. “I love Richie.”

 

“I don’t think Richie is a racist,” cornerback Brent Grimes said.

 

“Richie Incognito isn’t a racist,” tight end Michael Egnew said.

 

ESPN analyst and former Dolphins wide receiver Cris Carter has know Mike Pouncey since the player’s childhood. Today Carter said on air he recently spoke to Mike Pouncey and the center, who is Incognito’s friend, addressed race.

 

“They don’t feel as if he’s a racist, they don’t feel as if he picked on Jonathan repeatedly and bullied him, but if they could do it all over again there would be situations that they might change but they’re very, very comfortable with Richie,” Carter said.

 

“They think it’s sad, not only that Jonathan’s not on the football team, but also that Richie is being depicted as a bigot and as a racist.”

 

How is this possible?

 

Well, I’ve spoken to multiple people today about this and the explanation from all of them is that in the Dolphins locker room, Richie Incognito was considered a black guy. He was accepted by the black players. He was an honorary black man.

 

And Jonathan Martin, who is bi-racial, was not. Indeed, Martin was considered less black than Incognito.

 

“Richie is honarary,” one player who left the Dolphins this offseason told me today. “I don’t expect you to understand because you’re not black. But being a black guy, being a brother is more than just about skin color. It’s about how you carry yourself. How you play. Where you come from. What you’ve experienced. A lot of things.”

 

Another former Dolphins employee told me Martin is considered “soft” by his teammates and that’s a reason he’s not readily accepted by some of the players, particularly the black players. His background — Stanford educated and the son of highly educated people — was not necessarily seen as a strength or a positive by some players and it perpetuated in the way Martin carried himself.

 

And so — agree with it or not, comprehend it or not — this is a reason the Dolphins haven’t turned on Incognito as a racist.

 

Thank you The Miami Herald Blog

 

 

From NBC Sports:

 

David Cornwell’s statement regarding Jonathan Martin

 

Posted by Mike Florio on November 7, 2013, 9:02 PM EST

[Editor's note:  On Thursday night, lawyer David Cornwell issued a statement on behalf of Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin.  The full text of the statement appears below.]

 

Jonathan Martin’s toughness is not at issue. Jonathan has started every game with the Miami Dolphins since he was drafted in 2012. At Stanford, he was the anchor for Jim Harbaugh’s “smash mouth” brand of football and he protected Andrew Luck’s blind side.

 

The issue is Jonathan’s treatment by his teammates.  Jonathan endured harassment that went far beyond the traditional locker room hazing.  For the entire season-and-a-half that he was with the Dolphins, he attempted to befriend the same teammates who subjected him to the abuse with the hope that doing so would end the harassment.  This is a textbook reaction of victims of bullying.  Despite these efforts, the taunting continued.  Beyond the well-publicized voice mail with its racial epithet, Jonathan endured a malicious physical attack on him by a teammate, and daily vulgar comments such as the quote at the bottom.  These facts are not in dispute.

 

Eventually, Jonathan made a difficult choice. Despite his love for football, Jonathan left the Dolphins. Jonathan looks forward to getting back to playing football. In the meantime, he will cooperate fully with the NFL investigation.

 

Quote from teammate: “We are going to run train on your sister. . . . She loves me. I am going to fuck her without a condom and cum in her cunt.”

 

Thank you NBC Sports

 

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Quote from teammate: “We are going to run train on your sister. . . . She loves me. I am going to fuck her without a condom and cum in her cunt.”

 

I use these vulgar words because not using them lessens the seriousness of this offense against Jonathan Martin by Richie Incognito.

 

I’m not sure how conduct goes in an NFL locker room, nor do i understand the mentality that allows a caucasian man to call a Black man a nigger, OR talk about fucking his sister, pulling a train on her and cumming in her cunt.

 

 

I’m curious how this attack against Mr. Martin’s sister plays into toughening up Mr. Martin by Mr. Incognito? How does calling Mr. Martin a nigger make him a better football player?

 

I firmly believe football needs to be outlawed period. Yes I typed that. NFL players are dying from head injuries received from playing the “game” of football. It’s actually like playing Russian Roulette in that you don’t know until years later if you have CTE.

 

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a form of encephalopathy that is a progressive degenerative disease, which can only be definitively diagnosed postmortem, in individuals with a history of multiple concussions and other forms of head injury. The disease was previously called dementia pugilistica (DP), as it was initially found in those with a history of boxing. CTE has been most commonly found in professional athletes participating in American footballice hockeyprofessional wrestling and other contact sports who have experienced repetitive brain trauma. It has also been found in soldiers exposed to a blast or a concussive injury, in both cases resulting in characteristic degeneration of brain tissue and the accumulation of tau protein. Individuals with CTE may show symptoms of dementia, such as memory lossaggression, confusion and depression, which generally appear years or many decades after the trauma.

 

Repeated concussions and injuries less serious than concussions (“sub-concussions”) incurred during the play of contact sports over a long period can result in CTE. In the case of blast injury, a single exposure to a blast and the subsequent violent movement of the head in the blast wind can cause the condition.

 

CTE is to blame for the suicide deaths of Dave Duerson and Junior Seau as well as diagnosed post-mortem in  Mike WebsterTerry LongAndre WatersJustin Strzelczyk and Tom McHale,  Lou Creekmur,  John Grimsley,  Tom McHale,  Chris Henry. Other football players diagnosed with CTE include Cookie Gilchrist  and Wally Hilgenberg, among others.

 

Now the NFL also hides and covers up bullying and harassment in it’s locker rooms. In any work place in America a claim such as the claim Jonathan Martin has made would be handled by the Human Resources Department, with legal action taken as well as termination of harassing party.

 

NOT in the National Football League. In the National Football League, bullying & harassment are good for business. Bullying & harassment are encouraged by management and coaches.

 

I’ve heard fellow tough men in the NFL say Martin should have fought back instead of walking away from the “team” as if a team consists of men who do nothing and stand by and watch the bullying of a “teammate” in their NFL locker room.

 

Funny thing about fighting back….in 2013 fighting back means going out to your vehicle, opening the glove box, retrieving a 9mm and returning to the locker room and killing everybody in sight.

 

Good thing Jonathan Martin’s educated parents raised him to walk away. Huh.

 

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10 Responses

  1. My 2 cents..I’ve forever felt football was/IS a game loaded down with VIOLENCE…You’re right Jueseppi all of this? Is far deeper than fun & games..But then again? Honestly? I am so NOT surprised! I think this type of thing happens far, far more than , well than, this..Mayhaps others felt it wasn’t “macho” to speak out..I’ve got 3 sons and I thanked my lucky stars none of them really got into football..Brief stints for my middle & youngest..Very brief & only because my exhusband wanted to let our sons be BOYS & exercise their options in athletics(our youngest is a tri-athlete & middle son played 2 sports) Thankfully our 2 youngest sons fell in love with & excel at B-Ball..(my exhusband is far, far taller than me & our sons are all 6 ft & up) Maybe its all of the contact hitting & banging on each other with upwards of 252 lbs and up; running at full steam! That is alot of impact & also , I might add, their bodies are broken down at career end(and sometimes before that) One thing I’ve learned about our American culture ? And worldwide I guess..Is just because racist folks don’t say it out LOUD? Doesn’t mean they don’t feel this way! We can shut people up & make saying the N word non-politically correct..Or even ruin a person’s career(Paula Deen) by deciding to as a collective group NOT buy her expensive over priced crap she sells..Good riddance! However none of that will change the deep-seeded bigger problem..Those folks will STILL feel the way they do about people of color..It is just tougher now to know WHICH folks think that way..For paranoid folks? They stopped trusting anyone who isn’t a person of color..I tend to lean heavily on how a person treats me, treats others & the vibes I feel from them…But I digress badly..I’ll say this..IF the NFL were to clean house to rid of this problem or potential same incidents? They’d probably not have any full teams LEFT..So be it for all I care..Bring on B-Ball season earlier! Bring on more tennis..Yay!

  2. I find the behavior / culture stunning as it goes from the playground to the pro locker room. I cannot imagine. What is wrong with these supposed adults? What is wrong with those who defend Incognito?

    How do we tell children it is not Okay, when their heroes behave this way?

  3. Reblogged this on idealisticrebel and commented:
    It is sad that two grown can’t find away to be polite to each other

  4. I stop listening (or reading) when foul language enters.

    • That would be your lost. U will never know facts if your mind is too closed to know the facts…because foul language is involved. I don’t allow anyone to tell me how to post a story. Enjoy your Sunday.

      • I would never tell you how or what to post – I’m glad you do it because you can. I just can’t bear it like when I back off when things get depressing. I am not a tough person – I’m a simple mom. You know when the Trayvon Martin verdict came in? Something inside me snapped. I get so filled with rage that I could rip heads of and throw them in a fire. I can hurt somebody when I get like that, that’s why I went to Parents Anonymous in the first place. I’m not a nice person when I get like that. It’s like putting your hand over the flame – I can’t do it but you can. My “enjoy” for this Sunday left yesterday and you had nothing to do with it. ;)

      • Sometimes to fully understand what is going on in the world, reading exactly what is going on, whether it offends us or not, is very necessary. You have to do what makes you sleep at night. I understand not liking profanity, and I understand not reading profanity but closing ones eyes to whats happening around us does not make for a well informed society. Reading exactly what this Incognito person said to Martin, was very necessary to comprehend this offense goes a lot deeper than fun & games.

      • I know, and I agree. YOU are the MAN on the detail! :) Bullies ARE everywhere, even in football, in offices, in schools and in families. I assure you, my eyes are not closed, I just choose which window to open. One profanity was enough for me to know what the rest was. The IMPORTANT thing for ME is, “What will be done to correct it?”

        On a reblog I left this message about the Stand Your Ground that was not repealed:

        The magic word: BOYCOTT!!! No Disney, no Daytona car races, no Greyhound races, no sunny beach vacations and no @#$%& orange juice!!!

        That’s about as close as I get to profanity even though I can match your anger.

      • Boycott The State Of Florida

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