A new light has been shed on the “Bullying” saga between the Miami Dolphins‘ offensive linemen Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin. The entire transcript of text messages from Oct. 2012 to Nov. 2013, 48 pages, between the two offensive linemen has been released by Incognito’s lawyer in an attempt to clear his name and prove Martin is just as at fault as Incognito in this situation.
He may have done just that.
Incognito has been painted as a bigot and a racist by ESPN and an overall jerk by everyone else. He may be guilty of crude sense of humor, but the other criticisms are way out of line. Incognito proved this in his stream of text messages with Martin.
Martin and Incognito exchanged vulgar text messages about drinking, strippers and other activities which made them seem like a couple of college kids. The two also joked with each other, back and forth. Martin was not exactly a “victim” as much as a participant.
A kind of funny thing about these messages: The two only talked about Dolphin football in two text messages out of the thousands.
On Oct. 23, Incognito and Martin were making plans and hanging out. On the Monday of Oct. 28 Martin left the Dolphins after the lunchroom incident. Incognito was clearly concerned about his friend after Martin left. Incognito texted Martin Monday evening five times asking Martin if he was alright.
Incognito texted Martin two more times the next day with one reading “I miss Ur stinky armpits” and then again on Nov. 1 Incognito texted “How u doing buddy? Feeling better?? I miss us.” Incognito was obviously a part of the lunchroom prank which drove Martin over the edge and obviously felt bad about it.
A man with a crude sense of humor just has a funny way of showing it.
Martin finally texted Incognito back on Nov. 1 saying “Wassup man? The worlds gone crazy lol I’m good tho congrats on the win.” The two then texted back and forth about Incognito’s neck injury suffered in the Dolphins’ OT win against the Cincinnati Bengals and mental hospitals.
Imagine the surprise on Incognito’s face when he sees an article titles “NFLPA eyes Martin case” by Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter about “Incognito’s role in alleged harassment of teammate Jonathan Martin.”
Incognito obviously knew he messed up when his friend left the building and the team, but to this level?
On the night on Nov. 1, hours after Incognito and Martin had already spoken good words to each other, Incognito asked Martin about the article. Martin responded, “I got nothing to do with it man I haven’t said anything to anyone.”
Incognito texts back “I heard it’s all coming from Ur agent?”
Martin never responds.
The next day Incognito sends a plea Martin to help him because “he’s getting killed in the media.” No response.
Then the next day Incognito again texts Martin, “Bro can we talk? The Dolphins are talking about releasing me.” Still nothing.
The texting ended there as Incognito realized Martin was no longer on his side, and the story that sounded like something right out of a movie was officially underway.
The constant joking around and putting each other down — something men are known to do but also something that can get old — got to Martin and he quit the team. Did he have to drag Incognito, a man who thought of Martin as a close friend, down with him?
The longstanding criticisms of Martin have been that he ditched his team and wasn’t mentally tough enough to deal with the atmosphere of an NFL locker room.
Slandering his friend may be added to that list soon.
Incognito has a savage sense of humor and may take things too far, but what Martin is doing is wrong.
While neither man will wear a Dolphins’ uniform again, if Martin has a chance to return to the NFL, like Tony Dungy has vied for him to have, then Incognito should have the same.