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Ryan Tannehill says Incognito and Martin were best friends

Ryan Tannehill,  Jonathan Babineaux,  Mike Pouncey,  Richie Incognito AP

Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill is mystified by the suspension of Richie Incognito and the departure of Jonathan Martin, because as far as Tannehill knew, the two were best friends.

Asked today about reports that Incognito bullied, harassed and threatened Martin to the point where Martin felt he had to leave the team, Tannehill said that to the contrary, he always was under the impression that Martin and Incognito were like brothers.

“I think if you had asked Jon Martin a week before who his best friend on the team was, he would have said Richie Incognito,” Tannehill said. “The first guy to stand up for Jonathan when anything went down on the field, any kind of tussle, Richie was the first guy there. When we would hang on off the field, outside football, who was together? Richie and Jon. I’m not in those guys’ shoes, I can’t explain what’s going on.”

So if these two were allegedly best friends, why are there reports that Incognito left Martin a voicemail calling him the N-word and threatening to kill him? Tannehill says he doesn’t know.

“I had no clue about the voicemail. I had never seen that, never heard about that,” Tannehill said.

Tannehill acknowledged that Incognito likes to give teammates a hard time in the locker room, but Tannehill says he loved playing with Incognito.

“He was the best teammate I could ask for,” Tannehill said of Incognito.

Clearly, Tannehill does not believe the situation inside the locker room is the way it has been described. Or even close.

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83 Responses to “Ryan Tannehill says Incognito and Martin were best friends”
  1. mataug says: Nov 6, 2013 5:36 PM

    This locker room is clueless.

  2. ratsfoiledagain says: Nov 6, 2013 5:37 PM

    Uh, not anymore.

  3. buttfumbles says: Nov 6, 2013 5:38 PM

    Time to clean house in Miami

  4. jswheeler says: Nov 6, 2013 5:39 PM

    These players befuddle me.

    “Hartline saying the media is bullying the #Dolphins now…”

    Is everyone high down there?

  5. jc327 says: Nov 6, 2013 5:39 PM

    I’m starting to not believe it, either.

  6. thesmartest1 says: Nov 6, 2013 5:40 PM

    2+2 isn’t equaling 4 here.

  7. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Nov 6, 2013 5:40 PM

    says the person who bought incognito a jet ski and let incognito borrow his gf a few times during his rookie season..

  8. krusher33 says: Nov 6, 2013 5:40 PM

    He just confirmed he is as blind in the locker as much as he’s blind on the field.

  9. blacknole08 says: Nov 6, 2013 5:40 PM

    Sorry, but a best friend wouldn’t use racial epithets or threaten to kill someone’s mom.

    Just throw the ball and keep quiet Tannehill.

  10. grabgrabgrab says: Nov 6, 2013 5:41 PM

    Wow! Such a vast array of comments coming from inside this locker room. Surprisingly, most of them are in favor of Incognito. Judging from the initial reports, this isn’t what I’d expected to hear.

    Looking more and more like Martin just wanted someone to blame for not wanting to play football anymore.

  11. pfic15 says: Nov 6, 2013 5:41 PM

    THUMP!

  12. marcolamorsa says: Nov 6, 2013 5:41 PM

    man all of florida’s NFL teams are having something wrong with them. they should just relieve florida of jacksonvill and tampa bay and move them somewhere else. what a waste.

  13. allday28mvpmvp says: Nov 6, 2013 5:42 PM

    Best friends? Didn’t he say he’d slap his mother and defecate in his mouth?

  14. farvite says: Nov 6, 2013 5:43 PM

    Was he reading from the Philbin/Sherman script??!!

    I’m not buying any of that.

  15. jonevans83 says: Nov 6, 2013 5:43 PM

    You are still putting up media speculation and connecting time periods… as if they were day to day. Martin walked out after a prank…. that HE HIMSELF pulled on another Linemen just a week before. He then needs a reason to stay off the team…. so he pulls out a 6 month old video tape where the media will go off on the bullying angle for their own political reasoning’s. Video, audio, teammates, and many other people saw them as friends and goofing off for a very long time. Your picture you are attempting to paint doesn’t fit reality.

  16. hartleechung says: Nov 6, 2013 5:43 PM

    And a new development…perhaps the “soccer mom nation” press turned nothing at all into an “anti-bullying” crusade?

  17. marcolamorsa says: Nov 6, 2013 5:44 PM

    man all of florida’s NFL teams are having something wrong with them. they should just relieve florida of jacksonvill and tampa bay and move them somewhere else. what a waste.

  18. miriam45 says: Nov 6, 2013 5:44 PM

    Nobody but the Dolphins know what’s flying, but everybody else has something to say, include Ray Lewis, Rolle, et al.

    My mother always told me to take a little sweater

  19. coalcreekrabbit says: Nov 6, 2013 5:45 PM

    I’m glad to see someone finally sticking up for Richie instead of attacking him. Nobody but Johnathan and Richie knows what really happened at this point…. and I for one am getting really sick of all the speculative hate.

  20. ohnoflorio says: Nov 6, 2013 5:45 PM

    Philbin is going to get fired

  21. arctantheta says: Nov 6, 2013 5:45 PM

    no surprise there. hard to imagine any young qb throwing his one of his o-line under the bus.

  22. denbronx says: Nov 6, 2013 5:45 PM

    Something is was off here.

    This ecoes exactly what the locker room is saying.

  23. trollaikman8 says: Nov 6, 2013 5:45 PM

    Jeff Ireland.
    Not even once.

  24. raider8er says: Nov 6, 2013 5:46 PM

    Dolphins locker room has become a laughingstock.

    How can Ryan T become a true leader of this team if he does not see beyond his own fingers?

  25. kennyadler1 says: Nov 6, 2013 5:46 PM

    This will end up being the WEIRDEST NFL story of the decade before its all said and done….

  26. chaddukesthebuttpirate says: Nov 6, 2013 5:46 PM

    hmmm, this story continues to grow hair and continues to get more and more confusing each and every time a new comment arises.

    Martin needs to say something before his credibility is totally trashed.

    Thumbs up if this is getting weirder than the Manti Teo story. Thumbs down if not.

  27. td30 says: Nov 6, 2013 5:46 PM

    apparently not…

    Have we even heard from Martin? It’d be nice to actually get an explanation rather than having to piece all of this together and make a bunch of assumptions on what happened and why it got so bad he had to leave the team. Again, I’m assuming those tweets and voicemails are the “straws that broke the camel’s back” but..again with the assumptions

  28. hpeters77 says: Nov 6, 2013 5:47 PM

    That’s what’s friends are for, seriously if that happens between me and my best friend I’ll ask my enemy to replace him

  29. weepingjebus says: Nov 6, 2013 5:47 PM

    “[I'm going to] slap your real mother across the face (laughter).”

    This was the part of the voicemail transcript that made no sense to me. It was like a guy drunk dialing his buddies at 4 am. More context is needed to know if Incognito was really threatening the guy or just screwing around with him. It’s like that Onion article about the guy at a bar with co-workers who can’t tell if he’s being harrassed or male bonding.

  30. staffordsyear says: Nov 6, 2013 5:48 PM

    Maybe the situation in the locker room isnt the way it has been described?

  31. ebr362 says: Nov 6, 2013 5:48 PM

    I am beginning more and more to believe Martin just wasn’t mentally tough enough to handle life in the NFL. I have yet to hear one player come out and say they are glad RI is gone because of the way he treated teammates. It sounds as if Martin is an overly emotional type of personality and when he lost his position his emotions got the best of him. Incogs voicemail was out of bounds, but to see all the pics of the two together afterwards tells me they spoke about it and moved on. I wonder if the McKinnie trade never happened would we be hearing about all this?
    Also, who cares if Martin was a Stanford grad or his parents went to Harvard as if because of their higher education makes a difference?

  32. skinsrock says: Nov 6, 2013 5:48 PM

    It’s just the media taking the side of the full grown adult who can’t stick up or speak for himself. It seems to me that Martin has something going on that goes beyond his relationship with Incognito. I just don’t know why a friend would save a voicemail from April if he was his best friend? It’s like he was waiting to use it against him.

  33. hor2012 says: Nov 6, 2013 5:48 PM

    Uh oh, I’m a big Saints fan and I say this wishing that I’m wrong. But, Dolphins fan I think RG is about to lower the boom on you invistigation. I think he feels he has to because of the PR that this is getting. No joke, I really feel bad for you as fans. And, to the Dolphin players you might want to prepare yourselves this is going to get ugly

  34. blackandbluedivision says: Nov 6, 2013 5:49 PM

    jonevans83 says:
    Nov 6, 2013 5:43 PM
    You are still putting up media speculation and connecting time periods… as if they were day to day. Martin walked out after a prank…. that HE HIMSELF pulled on another Linemen just a week before. He then needs a reason to stay off the team…. so he pulls out a 6 month old video tape where the media will go off on the bullying angle for their own political reasoning’s. Video, audio, teammates, and many other people saw them as friends and goofing off for a very long time. Your picture you are attempting to paint doesn’t fit reality.
    __________________________

    So that excuses what Incognito did?

    Why are people defending this guy?

    I don’t care how nice of a guy he was to the locker room. The problem is between Incognito and Martin.

    Incognito clearly had a problem with Martin. If Incognito had a problem with anyone else on the team or everyone else on the team….One would think he wouldn’t be on the team.

    But, if he was putting up this nice guy front and harassing this one guy then that’s on them.

  35. jc327 says: Nov 6, 2013 5:49 PM

    This is not adding up at all. Hartline just said Martin played that voicemail for teammates and was laughing about it. Hartline seems pissed and he’s not the only one.

    And if you’ve never been in that kind of “brotherhood” situation you can’t understand what kind of off-color ribbing can go on.

    This whole thing is really starting to smell.

  36. billsboy88 says: Nov 6, 2013 5:49 PM

    Wtf is going on here?? This gets weirder daily

  37. blackandbluedivision says: Nov 6, 2013 5:50 PM

    This all reminds me of a serial killer.

    “he was such a nice guy.”

    “I didn’t think he was capable of doing that.”

    Yea, he clearly set you guys up.

  38. viguy007 says: Nov 6, 2013 5:50 PM

    This is “Alice in Wonderland.” Friends are Enemies and Enemies are Friends, White is Black and Black is White. Give me a break. The Fins are just afraid of the impact of this on their win lost record and will say anything. Lies nothing but lies.

  39. jhorton83 says: Nov 6, 2013 5:50 PM

    The consistent theme seems to be that nobody there knew what was going on. Seems to be a gaping hole of leadership both on the team and in management. Then again that should be obvious when Richie Incognito is on your leadership team.

  40. govtminion says: Nov 6, 2013 5:51 PM

    With friends like these…

  41. countmahdrof says: Nov 6, 2013 5:51 PM

    The NFL, the Fins and Incognito have been blind-sided by the son of two lawyers who realized he was not NFL material, would never get a big free-agent contract, and was advised by mommy and daddy to litigate his way to a big payday months ago. He started saving voice, text and emails. He didn’t share them with anyone outside his family, including his agent. Then, when he decided he no longer wanted to maintain the charade, he bolts and voila, a scandal. There are recent photos of Martin and Cogs hanging out that don’t portray a racist bully tormenting a victim.

  42. gdeli says: Nov 6, 2013 5:51 PM

    Pre-draft personality tests showed no red flags for Martin…how about for Richie? we are talking about his behavior not martin’s. I hate bullies with their low self esteem and macho bs.

  43. detroit20iron says: Nov 6, 2013 5:51 PM

    Something in the air or water in Florida. Most of the weird or crazy stories in the news comes from Florida or Germany.

  44. seahawkgoat says: Nov 6, 2013 5:51 PM

    ok – this is ridiculous. Everyone is acting like that naive homeroom mother that finds out kids make out at dances.

    I have left messages on my friends phone explaining what I have just done, or am going to do, to their mothers/sisters, etc. I have used words that I would never use with anyone except my close friends. I threaten one of their lives, or orifices, almost on a daily basis. That’s what guys do – not saying it’s very sophisticated – but facts are facts. Quit saying he threatened to kill him, because we all know that wasn’t the intent.

    Now, can our kids go back to playing no-touch tag and hugball? Thanks

  45. vikingsvoice says: Nov 6, 2013 5:51 PM

    What kind of team leader completely backs the aggressor and bully in a situation like this? If Tannehill truly didn’t have any idea anything was going on, he should have just kept his mouth shut and not taken sides.

  46. nevd83 says: Nov 6, 2013 5:51 PM

    To everyone getting down on Martin, claiming this is not what it seems to be. I would ask this.

    Explain the threatening voicemail and texts with racial slurs and death threats.

  47. jakec4 says: Nov 6, 2013 5:51 PM

    Watch the press conference for yourself and you’ll hear how contrived and rehearsed Tannehill is.

  48. dcee101 says: Nov 6, 2013 5:52 PM

    Wow, friends made racial jokes and cursed each other out on the phone!! Unheard of!!

    You people that have taken these voice-mails as absolute and total proof of Incognito’s guilt either have never had any male friends that engaged in competitive banter or have an agenda against the Dolphins.

  49. drone501 says: Nov 6, 2013 5:52 PM

    the head coach is clueless. he has to go.

  50. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 6, 2013 5:52 PM

    Have Jonathan Martin write the script for a TV documentary movie with Tannehill starring as Martin, and then see how he feels?

  51. stevent92 says: Nov 6, 2013 5:53 PM

    Is it safe to say Ryan Tannehill is “flabbergasted?”

  52. timegambit says: Nov 6, 2013 5:53 PM

    This is what I suspect “The Waterboy part 2,” would be like if Gary Busey and Forrest Whitaker starred in it.

  53. seahawkgoat says: Nov 6, 2013 5:53 PM

    blacknole08 says:
    Nov 6, 2013 5:40 PM
    Sorry, but a best friend wouldn’t use racial epithets or threaten to kill someone’s mom.

    Just throw the ball and keep quiet Tannehill.

    __________________________

    Maybe not in Pleasantville, but in the real world, that’s exactly how a lot of best friends talk.
    I also once got punched by my friend – couldn’t eat right for a week. It’s AMAZING but we’re still really good friends. But I probably should have called the ACLU

  54. duff23 says: Nov 6, 2013 5:54 PM

    This Tannehill guy is way wrong, people on message boards really know whats going on inside that locker room

  55. rodh32340 says: Nov 6, 2013 5:54 PM

    This story is getting up there with Manti T’eo’s bogus girlfriend..

  56. jonevans83 says: Nov 6, 2013 5:54 PM

    td30: How could those voicemails break his back when they happened in APRIL and he has been best buddies with him since? Logic please.

  57. onebucplace says: Nov 6, 2013 5:54 PM

    Well something here isn’t adding up, it’s almost like when a couple has a bad breakup.

  58. shaundolphinsfan23 says: Nov 6, 2013 5:55 PM

    This is just one of the many reasons that I love Tannehill. He is not only a good player, but he knows how to say what he really means still without saying anything inappropriate or out of line.

  59. Heisenberg says: Nov 6, 2013 5:56 PM

    To hear Tannehill describe it, it almost sounds like some sort of prison b*tch relationship between the two…

  60. 2difshoe says: Nov 6, 2013 5:58 PM

    Let Jesse and Al figure this out !

  61. hardythekraken says: Nov 6, 2013 5:59 PM

    watch the Tannehill conference. he either rehearsed that lame speech, or he’s just trying to save Incognito’s tail. either way, it’s absolutely ridiculous.

  62. clavette says: Nov 6, 2013 6:00 PM

    This seriously sounds like a lovers quarrel (sp?)

  63. 76raiders says: Nov 6, 2013 6:01 PM

    Richie wasn’t very Incognito about it.

  64. dontcensormebro says: Nov 6, 2013 6:05 PM

    Follow the doctor’s finger, Tannehill. It’s time for a league-mandated concussion test.

  65. coltzfan166 says: Nov 6, 2013 6:09 PM

    He clearly hasn’t seen the voicemail Richie left him

  66. warhammer420 says: Nov 6, 2013 6:09 PM

    This whole situation is all kinds of weird.

  67. nopepper123 says: Nov 6, 2013 6:09 PM

    How painful that the Bengals had to lose a game to this dysfunctional team in the middle of their turmoil. That’s a game I will look back on and wish we had back.

  68. alldonesmith says: Nov 6, 2013 6:10 PM

    I’m really confused by this situation.

  69. bengalskuta82 says: Nov 6, 2013 6:42 PM

    That QB is clueless. This is same guy that thinks that the Chiefs are in the NC East. He knows nothing or he’s just choosing to look the other way. Obviously it is a huge issue and these guys are covering for their coaches or somebody

  70. asthebeaver says: Nov 6, 2013 6:55 PM

    I keep expecting someone on the Dolphins to step up and show some leadership here. Guess it isn’t going to be Tannehill.

  71. sclazo says: Nov 6, 2013 7:02 PM

    Martin threw a temper tantrum because he lost his LT job to McKinnie. I bet this is the issue right here. Martin was have a terrible season and getting Tannehill killed.

  72. sweetshadow13 says: Nov 6, 2013 7:33 PM

    I don’t see what everyone is confused about here. Clearly this guy didn’t want to play football anymore, and saw this as his way out. Unfortunately for Incognito, and his teammates, someone is going to take the fall for it.

  73. funshipm174 says: Nov 6, 2013 7:36 PM

    Amazing that the coach stonewalled the question that Incognito said he was told by the coached to ” toughen” up Martin.

    That question is NOT part of the NFL investigation and should have been answered.

  74. ivanpavlov0000 says: Nov 6, 2013 7:47 PM

    Tannehill is not going to throw any of his o-line under the bus. They’ve given up 35 sacks so far this season. Imagine how bad it will get if they actually stop trying to protect him!

  75. asherallencanttackle says: Nov 6, 2013 7:57 PM

    Hard Knocks II !!

  76. natijim235 says: Nov 6, 2013 8:43 PM

    nice friend

  77. ytownjoe says: Nov 6, 2013 9:10 PM

    Can’t we all just get along?

  78. keylimelight says: Nov 6, 2013 9:11 PM

    Ryan Tannehill would like an explanation.

  79. 1rockyracoon says: Nov 6, 2013 9:33 PM

    This team is rotten to the core. How could anybody actually root for this team?

  80. orangejynx says: Nov 6, 2013 9:50 PM

    So Ryan Tannehill is either a moron or liar

  81. jdhein22 says: Nov 6, 2013 11:00 PM

    Wow. I am shocked that the media has no idea what is going on and that a different set of facts than what has been reported is the actual truth.

  82. All-American Voltron says: Nov 6, 2013 11:06 PM

    Is Tannehill as clueless as this sounds? Best friends? This whole Dolphins organization just needs to go away, they are so mixed up in so many ways.

  83. @HowdyDoobie says: Nov 7, 2013 1:08 AM

    Perhaps Martin was being a brat because he lost his job to Bryant McKinnie?

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