Richie Incognito's Suspension is Just a Sign of the Times

By Andrew Fisher

Richie Incognito has been suspended indefinitely by the Miami Dolphins for conduct detrimental to the team. This comes days after Jonathan Martin left the team because of alleged bullying. Martin reportedly has had an emotional breakdown and is also away from the team indefinitely.

As with any story that’s non-football related, exact details are unknown. But there are reports stating that Incognito and teammates expected Martin to pay $15,000 for a trip to Las Vegas that he wasn’t attending. There’s also alleged evidence of bullying in the form of text messages and voicemails.

But no matter what exactly has gone down over the past couple of years, the end result is now two offensive lineman are away from the Dolphins. Personally, I just have a hard time seeing how it got to this point. It seems pretty clear that Martin was getting bullied or harassed pretty significantly. You don’t just leave a team for emotional issues if things are going along as they should.

The shocking part is that we’re talking about grown men on an NFL team. Let’s say that Inocognito was behind a lot of the bullying and teasing of Martin. How come Martin didn’t stand up for himself and put an end to it? Or how come the coaching staff didn’t step in and put a stop to it? If Martin wasn’t emotionally able to stand up for himself, he should have gone to one of his coaches or someone higher up in the Dolphins.

I’m certainly not defending anyone who bullies, but I also have a hard time feeling sorry for a large grown man. I just don’t understand how a team gets to the point where one player has to leave and another gets suspended for bullying-related actions. I suppose it’s just a sign of the times. Only in today’s NFL would we see something like this go down. Maybe it’s a good thing Incognito was suspended or maybe it’s just sad. It’s too early to tell.


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