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Incognito expresses support for Martin’s return to the NFL

File photo of Miami Dolphins guard Incognito pausing between plays during the second quarter in their NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park Reuters

Next season, neither Jonathan Martin nor Richie Incognito will be playing for the Dolphins — barring a very unexpected development.

Instead, both players will be looking for new homes.  And Incognito has taken to Twitter to publicly support Martin’s effort to continue his NFL career.

“I support [Martin] 100% in his return to football in 2014,” Incognito said on Twitter.

The move comes on the same day that Incognito’s suspension technically has ended.  It’s a meaningless development, given that Incognito becomes a free agent on March 11.  While the Dolphins could release him before then, only a departure via free agency would count toward the complex formula for determining compensatory draft picks in 2015.

Incognito also has retweeted several messages of support, including one suggesting that the sports media owes Incognito an apology.  The truth, however, is that the apology (if one is warranted) needs to originate with the Dolphins, who created the clear impression that Incognito did something wrong by suspending him for conduct detrimental to the team.

If Incognito ultimately is exonerated, his P.R. consultant would be wise to advise him to take the high road, assuming responsibility for the racially-charged voice message that sparked his suspension and leaving it to others to argue that Incognito ultimately was screwed by the Dolphins, Martin, and/or the media.

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46 Responses to “Incognito expresses support for Martin’s return to the NFL”
  1. xinellum says: Feb 4, 2014 8:15 PM

    Incognito was wrong to use the language he used with a co-worker. Say what you want about the locker room, or the NFL wink and nod policy on “keeping it in-house” but Incognito targeted someone he could bully, something that the NFL and NFL players purport to be trying to stifle amongst our youth. Incognito certainly wouldn’t have maintained that mentality with Aaron Hernandez which leads to the belief that you have to be life-threatening to avoid the harassment that Martin had to endure. Of course, there can’t be very many real men in the Dolphins locker room to allow Incognito to be a leader and Not step up when things were totally out of control. Probably the reason they fell apart at the end of the season, no intestinal fortitude.

  2. meatcarroll says: Feb 4, 2014 8:29 PM

    Hey Richie, come to Seattle and replace that mediocre tub of lard James Carpenter so you can be apart of this decade’s dynasty. Martin should resurface with the 49ers, a soft team where crybabies like him fit right in!

  3. masterflyguy says: Feb 4, 2014 8:29 PM

    Incognito to the Eagles!

  4. thevikesarebest says: Feb 4, 2014 8:36 PM

    The packer fans are Jamarcus Russell times2.

  5. Ferdinand says: Feb 4, 2014 8:41 PM

    Looks like Incognito and his people are expecting the worst and are trying to sway public opinion before the report comes out to blunt the impact.

  6. bcboncs says: Feb 4, 2014 8:48 PM

    This guy is a veteran who is trying to install attitude to players. Racism sucks but it happens. Riley Cooper is a white guy and says the N word yet everything is swept under the rug and even Michael Vick embraces him. Join a team, install attitude, and get over meaningless things.

  7. dolphincritic says: Feb 4, 2014 8:52 PM

    The Dolphins have Martin’s rights. Since Martin is going to sue, the Dolphins should call his hand and require him to report for the OTA’s. Martin needs to give coming back a try. This would kill his lawsuit. The staff needs to put everyone on notice that there will be no locker room shenanigans associated with Martin’s return.

  8. squatcho says: Feb 4, 2014 8:59 PM

    Incognito to Dallas!

  9. green41563 says: Feb 4, 2014 9:01 PM

    Ferdinand says:
    Feb 4, 2014 8:41 PM
    Looks like Incognito and his people are expecting the worst and are trying to sway public opinion before the report comes out to blunt the impact.
    _________________________________

    The problem with that inference is that the NFL just ended his suspension. Obviously, the league has seen the report, so clearing him to play is a pretty good indication that the report’s going to be a big nothing.

  10. robgilman says: Feb 4, 2014 9:02 PM

    meatcarroll says:
    Feb 4, 2014 8:29 PM
    Hey Richie, come to Seattle and replace that mediocre tub of lard James Carpenter so you can be apart of this decade’s dynasty. Martin should resurface with the 49ers, a soft team where crybabies like him fit right in!

    ^Agree with this comment. The two definitely embody each franchise

  11. unitasftw says: Feb 4, 2014 9:06 PM

    go to the patriots or seahawks. were all trash belongs

  12. chapmanb2014 says: Feb 4, 2014 9:12 PM

    dolphincritic says: Feb 4, 2014 8:52 PM

    The Dolphins have Martin’s rights. Since Martin is going to sue, the Dolphins should call his hand and require him to report for the OTA’s. Martin needs to give coming back a try. This would kill his lawsuit. The staff needs to put everyone on notice that there will be no locker room shenanigans associated with Martin’s return.
    —————————————————————-
    Martin has already state several times that he has no intention of suing. He is a-lot of things but he is not stupid. He knows that he has no legal case and any potential lawsuit would eliminate the remote chance he has remaining at joining another club.

  13. mikeinsanfran says: Feb 4, 2014 9:15 PM

    I’m surprised no one has mentioned seeing Martin end up in San Francisco to get his career back on track with all of his college coaches there.

  14. phinsfanjoz says: Feb 4, 2014 9:33 PM

    The Dolphins should apologize by re-signing the man, because I think it’s become clearer by the day that the reason(s) that lead to his suspension were without merit.

    Steve Ross has had a lot of whiffs at bat, so why not offer up a mea culpa, and ask Hickey to give him another one year deal, and see how next season goes?

    It’s nice to see Richie saying he “supports” Martin coming back in 2014, and I’d actually think he believes that, deep down.

    But I can’t see anyone wanting to come within 100 feet of Jonathan Martin after what happened in 2013.

  15. beachsidejames says: Feb 4, 2014 9:42 PM

    The Dophins front office was so presured by the media they had to do what they did with incognito. If Martin makes a full apology to everyone and publicly asked for a 2nd chance with the Dolphins with the garantee of no law suit they should consider it. And then…. say no thank you…. you will have to prove yourself somewhere else.

  16. mykl954 says: Feb 4, 2014 10:38 PM

    Texts show that Martin was no victim, gave as good and as graphically/threateningly as he got and let his manipulative parents including his employer lawyer mommy scapegoat Incognito because he was an easy patsy. Bottom Line: there were no problems until Martin started missing meetings and was demoted. Then he threw his hissyfit over the same prank he played on a teammate a few weeks before. He lacks backbone, and should be ashamed throwing his teammates who cared about him, and his team under the bus, let alone stealing money from them for doing nothing in the process. He’s a snake.

  17. dolphins512 says: Feb 4, 2014 10:41 PM

    I find it amazing that this article talks about Incognito getting screwed by the Dolphins. That is just amazing!

    Where is the accountability of the media? All of the articles trashing Richie Incognito and babying Martin were also the Dolphins fault? I think the press owes Richie Incognito an apology.

  18. fishtank86 says: Feb 4, 2014 10:52 PM

    Leave it to one of the very media outlets to spread this wildfire in the first place attempt to save face by blaming the organization that wanted it contained.

  19. dolfan01 says: Feb 4, 2014 11:03 PM

    “The Dolphins created an impression that Incognito did something wrong …”?!? Are you freaking kidding?!? The national media rushed to the “bullying victim” and created this firestorm before getting all of the facts.

  20. bullcharger says: Feb 4, 2014 11:15 PM

    If you read all the texts it looks like they were buds. Myosoginistic idiot buddies… But still buddies.

  21. metalhead65 says: Feb 4, 2014 11:31 PM

    incognito is painted as the bad guy the whole time by the dolphins and the media who took what they said and ran with it, painting him as a racist bully but he should take the high road? meaning do not blame the media and us here at pft for ruining your career right? screw the high road I would hit back with everything I had.

  22. lostsok says: Feb 4, 2014 11:34 PM

    Incognito was thrown under the bus by Martin, pure and simple. The Dolphins response was absolutely justifiable: they took his charges seriously, as they should have.

    All that said, people should not frame Incognito as some kind of saint. Or even as a great football player.

    Here’s the REAL truth that came in those text messages: BOTH Incognito and Martin were degenerates more focused on partying and skanks than football. Many of those message are time-stamps DURING THE SEASON, and talking about being “too trashed” to party more.

    What!?!?!?

    Yeah, small wonder the Dolphin o-line was playing like crap. The left side of the line was hungover from a week spent in strip clubs.

    Good riddance to both these players, and if Seattle or Philly want Incognito: good luck. If the Hawks want to guarantee they won’t repeat…sign this guy. Granted, they’ll soon know the names of every stripper in the Emerald City, but 100% dedication to the game? Not so much…

  23. imhim00 says: Feb 5, 2014 12:16 AM

    Atlanta needs to embrace Richie and sign him. Arthur Blank and staff mentioned they need to toughen up the line and protect Matt Ryan. Incognito would be a great pick up. Atl has been known as a 0 tolerance team since the Vick era so that might rule him out unless they do their own investigation. Based on the report from the text, he doesnt seem as terrible as the media made him look in beginning.

  24. samapoc says: Feb 5, 2014 12:19 AM

    Martin is done for good.

    Incognito is wanted by 31 teams.

  25. oldcracker says: Feb 5, 2014 12:20 AM

    The Browns could use a “man” like Incognito on that O-line. Maybe we could keep a QB standing up?

  26. foofooface says: Feb 5, 2014 2:15 AM

    The texts were just guys being guys. Just bs’ing and being dicks to each other. There wasn’t any racism or bullying involved. Martin bugged out and threw his friend under the bus. That sucks. Hope incognito gets picked up by a team. I know his rep but the dudes not as bad as he’s been portrayed. He likes to have fun and bs, and it sure seemed like he cared and had martin’s back.

  27. yojoemama says: Feb 5, 2014 4:20 AM

    Football is a tough violent sport. It’s for people who can handle it both physically and mentally. There’s a reason why you don’t see too many upscale society soft sheltered prep boarding school boys who graduate from Stanford in the NFL. And when one of them (Jonathan Martin) falls through the cracks, the system will eventually weed him out. Good bye and good riddance, you can go play touch football with your scholarly relatives.

  28. mfinsrule says: Feb 5, 2014 5:01 AM

    How are the Dolphins getting sued in this? They paid both players every dime of their salary throughout the year for not playing. Suspension of Incognito was done after the racially charged voicemails became public. Any employer would have done the same. If anyone is getting sued it looks like Martin. And I hope he does get sued by Incognito, The Dolphins go after Martins’ bonus money, and he never plays in the NFL ever again or if he does that every d-lineman talks crap about his momma so he can have a good cry.

  29. wyrdawg says: Feb 5, 2014 5:15 AM

    We should refrain from all of the speculation until everything “comes out”……

  30. justwannawinna says: Feb 5, 2014 5:27 AM

    Honestly bullying? Theyre two grown men that play oline.. Martin would be smart to just go out and play. He plays in the NFL as a linemen…. you want your linemen to be tough and nasty mentally ans physically. The softies may have that physical aspect down but u just cant teach that mental aspect where they go out and destroy opposing linemen and linebackers.
    And im not saying I want just an angry idiot as a linemen for my team and ive met a few linemen they can be pleasant but I think Richie was tryna toughen up Martin who you could tell lacked that in game nastiness and toughness. I just think Martins tryna just be lazy and get paid for a lame excuse then play half ass football

  31. gadgetdawg says: Feb 5, 2014 6:55 AM

    If the texts that were reported by the media tell the whole story then Incognito does deserve an apology. That apology would need to come primarily from the media because they once again took some anonymous BS and broadcast it as if it were Gospel truth.

    That said, I recommend everyone wait for the actual report which will likely cover far more than the leaked texts.

  32. jimmyt says: Feb 5, 2014 7:14 AM

    “The truth, however, is that the apology (if one is warranted) needs to originate with the Dolphins, who created the clear impression that Incognito did something wrong by suspending him for conduct detrimental to the team.”

    Right, it had nothing to do with the Nanny-State liberals in the Media rushing all in on one of their misguided “causes”. Sure.

  33. billsfan1 says: Feb 5, 2014 7:21 AM

    That is what I have been saying all along, the Dolphins gave the appearance that this was worst than it apparently was.
    Suspending R.I. left EVERYBODY with the idea that this was bad and it ran deep. This seems to be commonplace for Miami, knee jerk reaction then worry about damage control after (SEE Jim Harbaugh fiasco).

  34. mykpfsu says: Feb 5, 2014 7:27 AM

    “The truth, however, is that the apology (if one is warranted) needs to originate with the Dolphins, ”

    AKA Don’t blame us that we went off on Incognito while defending Martin before we actually knew any facts.

  35. GBwomenrhot says: Feb 5, 2014 7:29 AM

    This guy is going to play next year, hope he does take the high road as it will just increase the amount of $$$ he’ll be able to garner…..good players play, it’s a simple concept.

  36. ravenswhat says: Feb 5, 2014 7:34 AM

    PR move.

  37. unclebluck says: Feb 5, 2014 8:16 AM

    For all you guys begging to have Ritchie on your team…we had him in Buffalo after the Chiefs threw him off their team. The guy is not worth the paper he is printed on. He sucked in KC, he sucked in Buffalo, and he sucked in Miami….just look at the stats….

  38. mykdaneck says: Feb 5, 2014 8:27 AM

    “Incognito also has retweeted several messages of support, including one suggesting that the sports media owes Incognito an apology. The truth, however, is that the apology (if one is warranted) needs to originate with the Dolphins, who created the clear impression that Incognito did something wrong by suspending him for conduct detrimental to the team.”
    Excuse me? This website was hysterical in it’s pursuit of getting that big mean bully his punishment and spreading rumors of misconduct. How about a little integrity from your high and mighty journalistic perch? I saw right through this whole thing from the beginning and it was hilarious to read your articles knowing you idiots actually believed that Incognito was texting such foul things to Martin with malicious intent. I read them and thought, “those guys are really comfortable with each other”. Yet here was PFT leading the charge against “bullies” and now refuses to man up and admit when it was wrong.
    P.S. Your articles would be much better without your little personal bullsh!t opinions at the end of each article. How about you report instead of trying to influence?

  39. bobby4413 says: Feb 5, 2014 8:31 AM

    I’m convinced Martin’s mom found his phone, read through his messages, and realized her son is a scumbag. Since her son is a smart, Stanford educated gentlemanand, it could never be his fault. She forced him to check into a mental hospital, which after reading his texts was the right move, and blamed Richie for her son’s dirtbag ways. We all had friends like this in High School. Grow up Martin, and take ownership of your own actions like a man!

  40. bradwellersays says: Feb 5, 2014 9:21 AM

    This is a sad situation for the Dolphins and a blaring commentary on the state of America. Incognito is the victim in this. Not a sympathetic one but a victim none the less. The Dolphins have been victimized too, but as they do most things, complicated the matter for themselves. We will never know the real details but it seems Jon Martin was used. He worked hard to realize a dream of playing in the NFL, made some friends(i.e. Incognito) and did somewhat ok his rookie year. But then he was tasked with replacing Jake Long. He failed and his world was falling apart. So he left to sort things out. But then others got involved, others that should support and care for him. But their greed took over and his agent and parents saw the end of their cash cow. They created this situation. It’s crazy because they have their own money but nothing is as sweet as cash made from someone else’s work. I feel the only true quote we’ve gotten from Jon Martin is when he sent the text responding to Richie’s text: “I got nothing to do with it man I haven’t said anything to anyone.”
    Jon Martin is weak, not in just a football sense either, he can’t stand up for himself. It doesn’t matter if it’s with other teammates, his agent or his parent. He just goes along until he snaps. Unfortunately his go along to get along attitude is ruining other peoples careers and reputations. Outside of the golf course incident(alcohol involvement and settled between the interested parties) Incognito had rebranded himself. Then this pulled the rug out from under him. Then the Dolphins made it worse. I am a Dolphins fan. Have the logo tattoo and all. But the current leadership has added a stink of embarrassment to the organization and not for the product put on the field. How many missteps are needed? How many times must they be used to get a player/coach/or new twist this year, GM candidate a pay raise somewhere else? There’s no pride or forward thinking. I hope Incognito sues them because the Dolphins damaged him more than Jon Martin’s semi-baseless allegations did. Their quest to be proactive and protect themselves, without finding the facts is yet another embarassment under this owner. Somehow the Dolphins ended up with a New York based Daniel Snyder/Jerry Jones hybrid. I also hope Jon Martin gets the help he needs and finds the ability to stand up for himself before more people get injured by his go along to get along attitude.

  41. bassfreeq says: Feb 5, 2014 9:24 AM

    Pull up your big boy pants and get back to work. Crybabies everywhere. What the hell happened to Americans. What happened to sticks and stones or have we forgotten that to.

  42. axespray says: Feb 5, 2014 9:44 AM

    An offensive tackle flops – tries to quit football w/o getting cut so he can get his bonus cash – so he throws up this “Richie is after me!” crap and the media makes it more than it is…

  43. fringetastic says: Feb 5, 2014 11:09 AM

    “The truth, however, is that the apology (if one is warranted) needs to originate with the Dolphins, who created the clear impression that Incognito did something wrong by suspending him for conduct detrimental to the team.”

    I disagree. This argument is basically saying the media has no responsibilities in reporting, that the media should trust and accept unsaid, implied motivations which is ridiculous, isn’t it?

  44. kungfubowler says: Feb 5, 2014 11:30 AM

    I don’t think the media or the Dolphins owe Incognito an apology. The center of all of this is Martin. And if the “truth” is the way it currently appears, it’s Martin that has some apologizing to do.

    Hell, he shouldn’t stop with Incognito, either, the Dolphins deserve one, too.

    I wouldn’t go as far as apologizing to the media, though. They’ve been pretty irresponsible with their reporting. This should be another lesson for them to get the story straight before passing along assumptions.

  45. ccombs2 says: Feb 5, 2014 12:11 PM

    I love this site but this is the type of stuff that makes me lose respect. Blaming any of this on the Dolphins is weak. Man up admit you jumped to conclusions and assumed Richie was guilty purely by stereotyping him. Martin played you just like he played most of the rest of the media.

    That was his plan, use a hot button word like “bullying”, find an easy scapegoat, let the media run wild and do the work for him. Cash in

  46. scorpwood says: Feb 6, 2014 1:03 PM

    As a Dolphin fan, I would love to have Richie back on a one year deal. I don’t think it will happen, with Ross more interested in having the problem go away all together. But, on a team that desperately needs help on the 0-line, how can you just get rid of a solid guard that is one year removed from the Pro Bowl?

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