Miami Dolphins lineman Richie Incognito has been suspended indefinitely after using racial slurs to threaten former teammate Jonathan Martin. Martin, the second-year pro out of Stanford, left the team last week to seek treatment for emotional distress allegedly brought on by Incognito.
According to CBSSports.com, the texts that Martin turned over to the team included ones in which Incognito called him a “half-n*****.” It has also been reported that Incognito allegedly sent messages which made reference to tracking down members of Martin’s family and harming them.
This is not the first time Incognito has been a part of destructive characteristics on and off the field. He had numerous behavioral issues in college and was removed from the University of Nebraska for multiple counts of assault, fighting in a game as a freshmen, and was suspended in 2003 for reasons not specified.
Although in the past Incognito has been voted as the “dirtiest player in the NFL,” his team would agree that he has been battling to remove that stigma since joining the Dolphins — until now that is. Early this year, he was given admiration for being a team leader. Former NFL general manager Scott Pioli stated, “If he’s [Incognito] a leader in your locker room, then that’s a problem. I didn’t want him coming out [of college], and I don’t want him now.”
When asked if his team had a bullying problem, Head Coach Joe Philbin said, “This is something we take very seriously, and it will not be tolerated.”
According to nfl.com, the NFL has been in contact with the team on the matter, but the suspension came from the team stating it was in the best interest of the team.
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