Basically, it confirms what we all know about Incognito (as well as a lot of other pro football players) -- that he's a big dumb animal. The hazing that Martin went through, if you want to call it that, was probably worse than the average 1st/2nd player gets, but probably not beyond the bounds of what anyone would have thought was acceptable prior to the story breaking. To me, it seems like Martin is more thin-skinned than your average NFL offensive lineman. It's not an excuse. Even assuming Incognito thought it was all in good fun or a necessary rite of passage, you still have to have some sense of other peoples' limits, especially when your talking about a teammate that you want to perform to the best of his abilities.
The racial stuff doesn't bother me all that much. There's apparently video of Incognito using the same language in front of Mike Pouncey, who's laughing the whole time. I'll venture a guess that Martin wasn't really offended by the racial language in the texts at the time, and understood it was a joke too. Now though that lawyers or "advisers" are presumably involved, it's going to be portrayed as Martin being afraid that burning crosses were going to start showing up on his lawn. I'll also add that the reports, take them for what you will, are that the rest of the O-Line is firmly on Incognito's side, even when it's clear that he won't be playing for the Phins ever again, so they don't have much to worry about so far as reprisals.
I also am not all that outraged by Philbin or Ireland "not acting sooner". I doubt that either of them knew what was in the texts, or that otherwise what was going on was any worse than what they've seen their entire careers. At some point, they have the right to go on the presumption that the players are adults and don't have to go around monitoring their texts.
Bullies are empowered by their surrounding peers. If Incognito was acting on this alone, I highly doubt it would've gone as far as it has Daniel. What's being reported here is that there are several players that let this go on, and Incognito was only the ring-leader.
"According to reports, Incognito was the ring-leader of on-going bullying, acting menacing towards Martin. Mike Pouncey was also said to be involved. If Mike Pouncey was also involved in bullying Martin, we should mention that; (a.) Pouncey's roommate at Florida was Aaron Hernandez. (b.) Pouncey was wearing a; "Free Aaron Hernandez" cap over the summer.. and; (c.) He was just recently served a Grand-Jury Subpoena in October for the Hernandez murder case in Massachusetts."
..ask yourself this question; How bad must this have gotten for Martin to blow the whistle? Why would a professional athlete walk away from his job? --unless; #1. He felt his life was being threatened. #2. The players doing it had information that Martin did not want to get out in the public. (say for example that Martin is gay) -or- #3. BOTH!
Incognito was voted Leadership Council by his own players from the Dolphins. How in the blue fvck does that happen?!
Furthermore, what you have here goes much deeper than just racial charged bullying.. you also have shakedown\extortion claims.
Rookie players were being pressured and threatened to pay exorbitant sums of money for dinners\trips\outings of the veteran players on the Miami Dolphins. THIS is why the NFLPA is getting directly involved with their investigation.. because this not only violates a safe working environment, it goes into criminal offense. NOW (follow me on this) if the investigation findings discover that the shakedown of Martin ties into the bullying, (ie; If you don't fork over $30,000.00 for this dinner, I'm telling people that you're gay) ..then what you have here is Blackmail! I'm just speculating.. but THIS is what I think was happening in Miami.
Edited by Beezer34, 06 November 2013 - 10:39 AM.