Richie Incognito Says Martin Jokingly Threatened His Family, Reveals Text Exchanges

The suspended Miami Dolphin sits down with Jay Glazer on 'Fox NFL Sunday'

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In this handout image provided by the NFL, Richie Incognito of the Miami Dolphins poses for his NFL headshot circa 2011

UPDATED: Nov. 10, 2013, 1:45 p.m. E.T.

In his first sit-down interview since the harassment allegations surfaced, suspended Miami Dolphins starting guard Richie Incognito alleged that Jonathan Martin sent him a text message jokingly threatening to kill his family before the story broke.

“A week before this went down, Jonathan Martin texted me on my phone — ‘I will murder your whole f—ing family,'” Incognito said in an interview with Jay Glazer on Fox NFL Sunday, quoting Martin’s message. “Now did I think Jonathan Martin was going to murder my family? Not one bit … I knew it was coming from a brother. I knew it was coming from a friend. I knew it was coming from a teammate. That just puts in context how we communicate with one another.”

Incognito admitted to using racist and vulgar language, but contends that it’s a part of friendly team banter. After the interview, Incognito revealed a backlog of 1,142 text messages between him and Martin over the past year, including texts sent after Martin left the team.

Martin departed the Miami Dolphins late last month after alleging that Incognito and other teammates bullied him. Last week, the team announced that Incognito was suspended for player misconduct and that they would be investigating the incident with the NFL.

After the interview, Incognito gave Fox News his phone to back up his claims. Glazer showed texts that Martin allegedly sent Incognito two days after his departure from the team, saying he did not blame Incognito or the team, and instead blames the locker-room culture. “Wassup man? The worlds gone crazy lol. I’m good tho congrats on the win,” Martin wrote, followed by a second text, “I’m good man it’s insane bro. But ust know I don’t blame you guys at all. It’s just the culture around football and the locker room got to me a little.”

Incognito said he “undoubtedly” had Martin’s back, calling him his “best friend.” The offensive lineman said he was “embarrassed” by a voicemail he left for Martin, in which used the N word. Glazer read the voicemail aloud on the show.

“I’m not a racist. To judge me by that one word is wrong,” Incognito said. “In no way, shape or form is it ever acceptable to use that word.”

When Glazer asked if Martin overreacted, Incognito said he could only be accountable for his own actions. “My actions were coming from a place of love. No matter how vulgar it sounds,” he said.

“This isn’t an issue about bullying,” he told Glazer. “This is an issue of mine and Jon’s relationship.”

Incognito said he regrets his use of language, but maintained that it’s a product of the environment and is not unusual in the locker room. He said it might sound like he’s a “racist pig” or a “meathead,” but that he’s actually a good person.

Glazer has previously worked with Incognito during the off-season as a part of the former’s MMA-training business, Sports Illustrated points out. On Sunday, Glazer commented on the issue, saying, “There’s a lot more to the story with Jonathan Martin personally than meets the eye.”

Martin has yet to comment.

8 comments
jlinds317
jlinds317

So.......? No open minds from any of the commenters, except maybe one or two? 'Real men don't do this'' 'real men don't do that'... Well I'll tell you what real men shouldn't do, 'Real men shouldn't be so quick to judge someone over a few words.'

At the very least, wait until Martin actually makes a statement.

rcsteiner
rcsteiner

Public figures need to be more careful about the things they say, especially in today's media-happy society.

jamesgordon777
jamesgordon777

To  protect  and  defend  Evil is  Pure  evil

jamesgordon777
jamesgordon777

It is  almost  as  much  fun  watching  people  defend  this  as I  did  watching  people  defend  zimmerman ... below  mrbomb13 said  "There is a lot of intensity and testosterone in a locker room, and people say that kind of 'stuff' all the time.  How do I know?  Because I played football too,".  I am  blessed  to be  a different  kind  of  MAN 

,,Thank GOD

mrbomb13
mrbomb13

What?!  Racism, taunting, vulgarity (etc.) in a football locker room???!!!  Surely you jest, TIME Magazine!!

Simply hilarious.  It's a good thing that the media (and other pansies) stay out of the locker room 99% of the time.  If they ever came in on a 'regular' day, their heads would spin 360 degrees after only 60 seconds (tops).

There is a lot of intensity and testosterone in a locker room, and people say that kind of 'stuff' all the time.  How do I know?  Because I played football too, and heard every sleazy, trashy, dirty, expletive-laden, sex-driven comment in the book (and then some).  

In a nutshell, it's just guys being guys.  Get over it, and move on!

HankRodgers
HankRodgers

In the old days the Romans would select and put these "meatheads" (yep, that is what they are) in an arena, two at a time, until only one was left alive, and then they feasted and rewarded him. Sounds like better entertainment than reading about the culture, as opposed to either watching or playing the game. While I like football of all kinds (American, Irish Rugby and Soccer), the only team sports I can watch without yawning; the current "culture" of it all rewards idiocy. In America we see the fan assaults, but in Europe the major brawls after soccer matches, and in Brazil, etc., murders and mutilations even at amateur matches. We poor, largely ignored and impotent "citizen-civilians", have to have some outlet, I guess. These guys give us the examples.

PacificSage
PacificSage

One thing's for sure.....these big boys don't know how to man up with the truth. 

Seriously....what a bunch of F ing children.

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