Richie Incognito Defends Himself In Interview
Within the last week alone:
The Miami Dolphins have suspended Incognito indefinitely
Stories about Incognito's troubled past at Nebraska have surfaced
Players have accused Martin of violating locker room conduct
Players referred to the two players as "good friends"
Martin's attorney came out and said Martin was harassed beyond the point of hazing
Details of an incident at a golf course between Incognito and a female volunteer surfaced
Now, Incognito interviewed on Sunday with Jay Glazer, explained the voicemail and text messages he had sent to Martin. He denied claims of being a racist, citing that the locker room is a place where all sorts of "colorful" language is spoken. He emphasized that what he said was within the normal context of his relationship with Martin and that it was the way they communicated with one another. When asked if the N-word was used often in locker rooms by African-Americans, Incognito went on to say it was, and that the voicemail was meant to be private and between the two of them.
Incognito also responded to the notion of being America's biggest bully, saying that this wasn't an issue of bullying, that it was an issue between him and Jonathan Martin. He went on to say that he had wished Martin went to him if things were taken too far. In what was essentially an interview to try and salvage Incognito's reputation, Incognito portrayed that he was simply treating Martin as a friend in the bizarre way that players treat each other in NFL locker rooms.
It will be interesting to see the next turn in this affair, as investigators have also been brought in to gather facts on what actually happened. One also has to wonder how Jonathan Martin's camp will react to this interview.