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Incognito hires a PR firm to press the case that he’s not a bully

Richie Incognito AP

Richie Incognito, the suspended Dolphins offensive lineman accused of bullying teammate Jonathan Martin, is firing back at Martin’s accusations.

A Fox News story says that Incognito has hired a public relations firm to make the case that he is no bully. Incognito is promoting that Fox News story on Twitter, and he also privately reached out to PFT on Twitter — and then, for some reason, blocked PFT from reading his tweets.

According to Incognito, Martin made vulgar comments to him, just as he made vulgar comments to Martin, and it was all within the spirit of typical locker room razzing.

“The coarse and unacceptable comments and text messages that were sent to Jonathan Martin were of the same poor taste as those sent by him,” Incognito’s attorney said in a statement. “All of these communications were provided to Ted Wells and the NFL investigation. What they show is banter between friends, not bullying. . . . Jonathan Martin sent text messages to Richie Incognito which included threats to send someone over to Richie Incognito’s home with a ‘tranquilizer gun and sandpaper condoms’ to homosexually rape him. Jonathan Martin sent another that said he would ‘kill [Richies’s] whole family.’ There was another where Jonathan Martin indicated he would ejaculate in Richie’s face.”

If that’s just locker room banter, it sounds like a real charming locker room they had in Miami.

Incognito is also claiming that what really made Martin upset during the season was that he was about to lose his spot in the starting lineup, and bullying was just a pretext for him leaving the team.

Ted Wells, the independent investigator appointed by the NFL, is expected to release his report on the matter soon. Neither Incognito nor Martin is expected to be back with the Dolphins in 2014.

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16 Responses to “Incognito hires a PR firm to press the case that he’s not a bully”
  1. MichaelEdits says: Jan 30, 2014 8:40 AM

    If you don’t stop calling me a bully I’ll kick your —

  2. jayhawk6 says: Jan 30, 2014 8:42 AM

    What is the name of his PR firm…Ananias and Madoff?

  3. nflofficeadmin says: Jan 30, 2014 8:42 AM

    Sandpaper condoms with the tops cut off… that’s friendship.

  4. MichaelEdits says: Jan 30, 2014 8:54 AM

    Let Rodney Harrison interview him.

  5. philyeagles5 says: Jan 30, 2014 9:12 AM

    They both just sound like idiots that need to grow up.

  6. floratiotime says: Jan 30, 2014 9:16 AM

    You know how you know when you’re a bully? When you have to hire people to say you’re not.

  7. PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says: Jan 30, 2014 11:13 AM

    You’re kidding yourself if you think that talk doesn’t go on in many locker rooms across many sports. Either that or you’ve never actually played a team sport.

  8. doe22us says: Jan 30, 2014 1:16 PM

    Disgusting that is all i need to say to that.

  9. doctorrustbelt says: Jan 30, 2014 1:24 PM

    More proof that richie incognito is THE real problem.

  10. footballchic777 says: Jan 30, 2014 2:32 PM

    Really, if you have to hire a PR firm to try to get people to believe you are not a bully, that kind of is an oxy moron.

  11. lgwelsh1 says: Jan 30, 2014 3:01 PM

    It’s locker room banter. If you have played in a team sport especially football this is definitely not uncommon lol.

    When I played football and baseball the stuff we would say to each other was so vulgar you had to laugh it off or you would get more coming your way.

    Nobody was really going to do the things they said LOL.

  12. monk2317 says: Jan 30, 2014 3:18 PM

    First of all Dungys interview was horrible, he didn’t ask any tough questions at all. He was babying Martin. But Martin is a baby. Lost all respect for Dungy for making this a race issue. It’s also sad that Martin couldn’t stand up for himself.

  13. keeroc15 says: Jan 30, 2014 4:39 PM

    Richie is a football player. Martin will be the #1 draft choice in the lingerie league.

  14. sabatimus says: Jan 30, 2014 5:15 PM

    That oughta do it, thanks very much Ray.

  15. xcerebus1 says: Jan 30, 2014 8:20 PM

    Yeah, you removed it, so I’ll post it again. PFT gave Martin his soapbox and you guys all but hung him out to dry. So why shouldn’t he hire his own PR firm? That, with Tony Dungheap’s interview, with all it’s hard hitting questions about his favorite color and who he thinks should win dancing with the stars aside, there’s a ton of unanswered questions and they certainly aren’t being asked by you guys.

  16. giveaheck says: Jan 30, 2014 9:14 PM

    Boo Hoo for the saga of the grossly overpaid American Football Players. Really! Time will show that it all comes down to money. Martin was failing as an NFL left tackle. He reportedly remarked to teammates he was considering quieting the game.
    When he left and concocted this story he knew no other NFL team will touch him again, except maybe on their practice squad. So now with the abuse story planted and knowing no team will touch him he can sue for the remainder of his contract claiming his career was ruined, get a nice payday, walk away from the NFL, attend law school, and practice law with mommy. Just wait and watch it happen…

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