....Apparently the Miami Dolphins front office, and PR department. Unless you've been living under a rock the past few weeks, whether you are a football fan or not, you've heard of the so called 'bullying' story in the Miami Dolphins locker room, involving 2 offensive linemen. Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito. Its ridiculous.
If you listened to the Will and Thunder Show two weeks ago, you heard Thunder and I calling Richie Incognito a bully and a jerk. Since then, we both have have agreed that we were on the wrong side of that issue. So, here I am on the record, issuing Richie Incognito an apology. This is something that everyone else in the media, as well as the Miami Dolphins front office needs to do.
|Shame to lose one of your best players because|
of a gutless coward.
On the surface, the text messages that Incognito sent to Martin seem out of line. However, once the players started talking, the real story began to emerge. Quarterback, Ryan Tannehill said "Richie said, 'Jonathan is like my little brother.' I think that's an accurate depiction. He gave him a hard time. He messed with him. But he was the first one there to have his back in any situation."
Wide receiver, Brian Hartline who was the most vocal among the players said "If I'm not mistaken, this is the same guy [Martin] who was laughing about this voice mail at one point and time, first of all," receiver Brian Hartline said. "Second of all, I believe that, if you go through the whole voice mail, there's some things said that you probably shouldn't say in general, friends or not friends. But I know for a fact that I've said things to my friends that I kind of wish I never said, either. "With that being said, I never thought it was a death threat. I never thought he was actually going to do the things he said. If you can't take validity from one part of the voice mail, how do you take validity from the whole voice mail? You can't pick and choose what parts count and which parts don't count."
Incognito's text of course said this: “Hey, wassup, you half n—– piece of [expletive] . . . I saw you on Twitter, you been training ten weeks. [I want to] [expletive] in your [expletive] mouth. [I'm going to] slap your [expletive] mouth. [I'm going to] slap your real mother across the face (laughter). [Expletive] you, you’re still a rookie. I’ll kill you.”
Sure, its abrasive, and even rude, but these guys were friends. In fact, Jonathan Martin replied BACK to Incognito, saying that he would kill Incognito's whole family. NOT the other way around, as it was originally reported.
So, here we have two buddies who talk to each other in the same way that most people in the hip hop culture talk to each other. Right or wrong, that's the way it is. Neither were offended by it initially.
So, what went wrong?
That doesn't sound like someone who suffers from PTSD as was reported yesterday.
Now, on the PTSD issue, its a slap in the face to veterans who have seen combat, and all the horrors that go along with it.
This brings me to what I think went wrong. Here we go: Jonathan Martin obviously is not a 'man's man.' He is one of these weak minded men who cry and talk about their feelings on 0prah and the Dr Phil show. Society has been trying to soften men up for a couple decades now. It all started with 'My Buddy,' the baby doll for boys back in 1985. Things like that become accepted, which makes even more crazy and unmanly things to be accepted, and pretty soon, you have a generation of men who can't handle pressure, and run crying rather than facing adversity head on...like a MAN!!
|Dolls are for GIRLS.|
Now, my theory about Martin is this. He got through football in high school and college, but once he got to the NFL, he couldn't handle the pressure of the locker room, and the added pressure of playing and practicing football full time. So, he decided that he couldn't handle it, and rather than just own up to it...LIKE A MAN...and go to the team, and say "Look guys, this isn't for me, and I've gotta go." He decided to play the victim card, and smear his best friend in the process, which will likely wind up costing Incognito his job in Miami. Since he's the victim, everyone will feel sorry for him, and he will be able to leave the team, and still keep his money. This isn't the first time Miami has had a situation like this.
This story is NOT about bullying. It never was. I am in no way downplaying bullying at all. Like I said before, on the radio show, I called Incognito a bully and a jerk. But that was before I had all the facts. This story isn't even about hazing. Neither hazing or bullying took place here.
In summary, Jonathan Martin is a greedy gutless coward who wants the NFL money, but doesn't want to play in the NFL. So, basically, Martin has cost Miami their best offensive lineman. And, he will get exactly what he wanted from Miami's front office, and Incognito will get screwed. Oh, he will get paid, and rightfully so. He's filed a grievance against the Dolphins for his being wrongfully suspended.
|Richie Incognito in the Pro Bowl|
Its such a shame that so many men have become such wussies. Even if Martin was angered or offended by Incognito's texts, Martin should have handled it himself. He should have put his foot down, and told Incognito to knock it off. And you know what? He probably would have, but like I said...This isn't about Incognito. This is all about wanting money for nothing.
My advice for Jonathan Martin if he wants NFL money, but doesn't want to be in the NFL? Try the lottery.
It is getting so VERY hard to be a Dolphins fan these days.
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