Incognito Says Martin Sent Him Threatening Text

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  • MIAMI (AP) — Suspended Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito says teammate Jonathan Martin sent him a threatening text message as an apparent joke only a week before their relationship became the subject of a harassment case that has prompted an NFL investigation.

    In an interview with Fox Sports televised Sunday, Incognito said he never took the threat seriously. Incognito said he regrets the racist and profane language he used with Martin, but said it stemmed from a culture of locker-room “brotherhood,” not bullying.

    “A week before this went down, Jonathan Martin texted me on my phone — ‘I will murder your whole … family,’” Incognito said, quoting Martin as using a profanity. “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 said Martin sent him a friendly text four days after leaving the team to undergo counseling for emotional issues. The message came on the heels of the Dolphins’ overtime victory against Cincinnati.

    “Wassup man? The world’s gone crazy lol. I’m good tho congrats on the win,” Martin said in a text verified by Fox Sports. “Yeah I’m good man. It’s insane bro but just 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.”

    Neither Martin’s agent nor attorney responded to requests for comment from The Associated Press.

    Martin left the team two weeks ago, and his attorney alleges the second-year pro was harassed daily by teammates, including Incognito. Martin hasn’t spoken publicly but will discuss the case late next week with a special investigator hired by the league.

    “This isn’t an issue about bullying,” Incognito told Fox. “This is an issue of my and Jon’s relationship. You can ask anyone in the Miami Dolphins’ locker room who had Jon Martin’s back the absolute most, and they’ll undoubtedly tell you me.

    “All this stuff coming out, it speaks to the culture of our locker room, it speaks to culture of our closeness, it speaks to the culture of our brotherhood.”

    Incognito’s phone showed 1,142 text messages between the two players over the past year, Fox reported.

    The network said Incognito declined to answer only one question: Did coaches order him to toughen up Martin? The NFL will investigate the role of coach Joe Philbin, his staff and Miami management in the case.

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    6 thoughts on “Incognito Says Martin Sent Him Threatening Text

    1. Incognito should only be suspended 2 games , and back on the team . Black people are only pissed because he said the word Nigger , big deal . If black people dont want other races saying Nigger , then maybe they should stop calling each other Niggers . How dumb .

    2. before I saw the receipt which had said $9066, I be certain …that…my father in law had been realy making money parttime from their laptop.. there mums best friend has been doing this less than 11 months and resantly repayed the morgage on there home and bourt a top of the range Aston Martin DB5. try this out……..

    3. incognito is a lying racist just like mark fuhrman. These two mayonnaise monkeys confirm this fact by their own words. They just got caught. These neanderthal n!@@ers should have never been let out of the caves of Europe.

    4. Rickey Smiley says to let Incognito back on team, that was insensitive to the whole bullying actions. Incognito has a history of starting drama on teams. It took a lot for Martin to leave and admit this, we should be applauding his bravery instead of being so accepting of bullying just because they play football. If this was Rickey son he wouldn’t be so callous.

    5. okay Richie, how is it you have used & been this way all around, I don’t believe nothing you say, you’ll say now anything to have a job, don’t no other team wants you, you have been let go before for the same reasons as of now, other teammates have said you have done & said the very same words you used to others, which one is it Richie? what lie will be next, hope you have learn a lesson or two from your actions. So all this is coming out now, now that you have had time to put your lies together & figure out what your next move was or going to be, so you don’t fool to many people Richie just yourself.

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