Remember that one kid in high school, or middle school, or elementary, who used to pick on you and you only. That kid who thought they were bigger and tougher than anyone else. That same kid who pretty much declared that the rules of standard life don’t apply to him. Or her.
Richie Incognito is that kid and Johnathan Martin is his target.
Yes, the 30-year old Incognito picking on the 24-year old Martin, who is just in his second year as a pro out of Stanford, is proof that even adults can be bullied by other adults. Rookie hazing need not apply here. But there is one question that must be asked: Really?
We’re talking about professional adults. Let alone the accused is 30.
(Yes folks, he’s a man, he’s 30.)
Outside the typical rookie hazing, it all started when Incognito was asked by Dolphins coaches to toughen up Martin after he missed a voluntary workout during the spring. Instead of fighting back, Martin in fact did the professional, mature thing; he left. Now putting Incognito in a spot where he may have taken the orders too far.
If anything has been incognito about the situation in Miami it’s been Richie Incognito’s sense of guilt. Or maturity, professionalism. Just flat out character.
Before last week’s game, Martin had been reported to have left the team following psychological dilemma, which was then followed by the news that he was being bullied by the team, who was then narrowed down to Richie Incognito.
“I know Richie very well, none of this shocks me,” said former Rams and Nebraska teammate Josh Brown, who now kicks for the New York Giants.
“I don’t know any details obviously. The league hasn’t released anything. But Richie seems to be a person with a tortured soul. He’s had these issues for quite awhile, and it’s sad.”
On Monday, ESPN reported that Incognito intimiated Martin to pay $15,000 for a trip to Las Vegas for the Dolphins’ offensive line. The Miami Herald backed that story up saying that sources around the team have said that “the veterans are using the rookies like ATM’s.”
This morning, a transcript of one of the voicemails Incognito left to Martin was released and in it, Incognito called him a half n-word, along with threatening to kill him and slap his “real” mother.
Incognito also threatened ESPN’s Adam Schefter along with several other NFL analysts, threatening Schefter to clear his name and to fight him, using the hashtag: #BringIt.
At least Martin isn’t the only one here feeling the “Wrath of Richard.”
Although the bullying is at the forefront of this entire situation, Incognito, if he pisses more people off, could face a possible hate crime charge, along with extortion. If he’s smart, he’d begin to lay low while suspended. And looking for a new job.
A Dolphins official stated that Incognito is “done” as a Dolphin following the incidents surrounding his suspension.
It’s fairly ironic that the same guy who tells fans on the jumbotron not to curse, use racial epithets, or act in any violent way toward one another during Dolphin home games did all of that to his teammate.
However what he says on the big screen in Miami is scripted. What happened off the screen is not.