The two players at the center of the bullying story that engulfed the Miami Dolphins last season both say they support Michael Sam, who is set to become the first openly gay player in the NFL.
Dolphins offensive linemen Jonathan Martin, who left the team and said he was bullied in the locker room, and Richie Incognito, who was suspended for his actions toward Martin, both took to Twitter to support Sam. Shortly after Sam’s announcement was publicized, Martin tweeted that he has “respect” for the “guts” that Sam showed. Hours later, Incognito tweeted very similar sentiments.
Hats off to you Michael Sam, that takes some guts #respect—
Jonathan A. Martin (@J_Martin71) February 10, 2014
Richie Incognito (@68INCOGNITO) February 10, 2014
Both Incognito and Martin are hoping to re-start their NFL careers in 2014, most likely somewhere other than Miami. That means both of them have an incentive to portray themselves as teammate who will be easy to get along with. Which means supporting Sam is both the right thing to do and the smart thing to do.