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Incognito continues his Twitter tirade against Jonathan Martin

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The hump day Twitter tirade from Dolphins guard Richie Incognito is intriguing, revealing, and ultimately troubling.

“It’s who he is,” one league source opined to PFT regarding the question of why Incognito would attack Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin and his agent, Kenny Zuckerman, on Twitter less than a month before Incognito becomes a free agent — and possibly only days before Ted Wells’ report is released

Proclaiming that “the truth is going to bury” Martin and his “camp” does nothing to make Incognito into a more sympathetic figure, or less of a potential distraction to his next team.  Incognito’s own camp should be telling him to knock it off at least until he signs a new contract.  And if his agents are telling him that and he’s ignoring them, Incognito’s agents should be telling him to find someone else to represent him.

Through it all, Incognito has made some good points, even if someone else should be making them.  Since our last post on the issue, Incognito has asked Zuckerman via Twitter, “What do you have to say for your actions?  Why did you release the [voice message]?  What was your goal?”

There was an apparent media campaign in the early stages of the controversy that, along with the team’s decision to suspend Incognito, created the impression that Incognito did something very wrong.  It arguably was unnecessary, and it’s fair to ask why that strategy was employed.

Still, at a time when Incognito is complaining about Zuckerman revealing private information to the media, Incognito has made a private, sensitive disclosure of his own on Twitter.  “FACT: Jonathan Martin told me he thought about taking his own life in MAY 2013 b/c he wasn’t playing well,” Incognito said.  “Told me he felt worthless.”

Accurate or not, what purpose does it serve to make that disclosure public now, especially as the Ted Well report inches closer to publication?

Meanwhile, Incognito has offered an arguably sarcastic apology for the statements contained in the oft-raunchy text messages with Martin that Incognito’s camp apparently leaked last week.

“I apologize to all of the women out there that I offended with my text messages to my close personal friend,” Incognito said.

Incognito hasn’t publicly apologized for — or even mentioned — his golf-course behavior toward a female volunteer that reportedly resulted in a cash payment to settle her legal claims.

But someone will still happily sign Incognito when he becomes a free agent, even as anonymous scouts and General Managers obsess over whether Michael Sam will be too much of a distraction for an NFL team.

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48 Responses to “Incognito continues his Twitter tirade against Jonathan Martin”
  1. Coach John Harbaugh says: Feb 12, 2014 3:35 PM

    this is epic

  2. dmartin17 says: Feb 12, 2014 3:36 PM

    “Through it all, Incognito has made some good points, even if someone else should be making them.”

    That’s some good enabling right here.

  3. luz56 says: Feb 12, 2014 3:36 PM

    That’s the Richie we’ve come to know…… Once a dirt bag always a dirt bag

  4. thepftpoet says: Feb 12, 2014 3:37 PM

    Jonathan Martin is a big baby.

  5. doctorrustbelt says: Feb 12, 2014 3:38 PM

    The desperate, low character machinations of a loser who knows his NFL career is over.

    It wasn’t richie’s fault at Nebraska.

    It wasn’t richie’s fault in Oregon.

    It wasn’t richie’s fault in St. Louis.

    It wasn’t richie’s fault at Miami.

    It’s NEVER richie’s fault.

  6. jda129 says: Feb 12, 2014 3:39 PM

    Bet he bought some nunchuks at the county fair when he was a kid.

  7. kenny2neworleans says: Feb 12, 2014 3:39 PM

    I’m not taking up for incognito, but I’m sure the golf course girl was a nun also! Anyone who’s been to “charity” golf events, know the type of women working them! Cleat chasers hunting grounds!

  8. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Feb 12, 2014 3:40 PM

    When has anything good happened because an athlete had Twitter? No doubt some use Twitter for good, but those stories go unreported.

  9. mickton says: Feb 12, 2014 3:42 PM

    Sheesh you’re burying your chance of getting a job leave things alone

  10. h3min1230 says: Feb 12, 2014 3:42 PM

    Woah, sounds like this Jonathan Martin kid has a few loose screws up top. He needs help.

  11. johnnyjagfan says: Feb 12, 2014 3:43 PM

    One thing for sure is Incognito’s gonna be available on the cheap and for short-term with all kinds of outs for the team in the contract. Someone’s going to get a steal because Incognito wants to play football.

  12. justadude71 says: Feb 12, 2014 3:45 PM

    Maybe Richie can sense the end is near…

  13. brooklyn40niner says: Feb 12, 2014 3:47 PM

    Like Ditka said on air a while ago: one is a bully and the other one is a baby. Neither one would be good teammates to have.

  14. thestrategyexpert says: Feb 12, 2014 3:48 PM

    But the agents probably want the business, and there job is to help Incognito even if they don’t like what his preferences are regarding his goals and choices. Somebody needs to professionally have his back and advise him how to best handle the situation regardless of what way Incognito ultimately decides. Besides his agents might have instructed him to preemptively attack, just because it’s annoying doesn’t mean he won’t get a new contract from somebody and it could be part of a plan to discredit Martin’s perspective in the future. It could all be very calculated to take on this new aggressive posture and he and/or his team could be looking to get a first-mover advantage in what they foresee as an upcoming and inevitable war, which is what it sure looks like to me. So I’m not surprised by this new line of aggressive attacks even though it’s highly debatable that he could have been more tactful, but war sometimes isn’t about being clean and pretty.

  15. russellwilsonismymvp says: Feb 12, 2014 3:48 PM

    If Sam and Incognito end up being teammates the collective mind of the PC media will EXPLODE!

  16. skleech22 says: Feb 12, 2014 3:48 PM

    If someone slandered me and my livelihood ….I’ pissed too especially some spineless nerd ran to mommy and daddy and spewed lies. Not caring about the team or ramifications of this gutlessness act because he couldn’t handle the NFL! Jonathan Martin should be banned!

  17. amgdds says: Feb 12, 2014 3:48 PM


  18. r8drn8tn says: Feb 12, 2014 3:49 PM

    Even if Incognito is absolved–which no one know what is going to happen because the report has not been released. He is burying his own career because he has no self control. This is a clear pattern and he just can’t help himself.

  19. lilrob10201 says: Feb 12, 2014 3:49 PM

    At the end of the day they are both terrible lineman .

  20. doctorrustbelt says: Feb 12, 2014 3:50 PM

    So… the woman on the golf course is at fault for being sexually assaulted by richie incognito?!?

    This shows the type of people who are on richie incognito’s side.


  21. taylormade311 says: Feb 12, 2014 3:50 PM

    Incognito looks like a baby. He literally looks like a 300 pound 3 year old.

  22. westofthehub says: Feb 12, 2014 3:50 PM

    Sarcastic comments are nothing new. Teams will accept Incognito despite those.

    Telling the world that Martin (a “close friend”) told you in confidence that he was having suicidal thoughts is NOT okay. Good luck building deep and personal relationships with future teammates.

  23. iamkillerfin says: Feb 12, 2014 3:51 PM

    Keep Incognito dump Martin!!! Martin wasn’t a good LT anyway!!! Incognito did his time & is a good gaurd!!!

  24. rubenxx7 says: Feb 12, 2014 3:52 PM

    Martin isnt that good anyways for all this attention. THat goes the same for Sam.

  25. rr2000k says: Feb 12, 2014 3:54 PM

    So you’re denying being a bully, but you’re bullying him on social media. Got it.

  26. annapterp says: Feb 12, 2014 3:54 PM

    The reality is nobody cares about either of these two donkeys! Old news and wasn’t that interesting to begin with.

  27. athwartships says: Feb 12, 2014 3:55 PM

    Someone take his phone away. Far more interesting news than reading about the attention starved tweets of a child having a tantrum in the corner.

  28. jayquintana says: Feb 12, 2014 3:55 PM

    Incognito said Martin was suicidal and felt worthless, so the thing to do is make him feel even more worthless?

    Does he realize how bad this makes him look?

  29. DaveKShape says: Feb 12, 2014 3:56 PM

    The recent revelations certainly seem to relieve some of the initial blame placed on Incognito.

    That said, he probably should never have typed any of this stuff today.

  30. chunkderrrty says: Feb 12, 2014 3:56 PM

    Last week he was defending him, now he’s doing this? Something tells me he has a split personality disorder.

  31. qdog112 says: Feb 12, 2014 3:59 PM

    Will Richie wanna fight the actor who plays him in the made for TV movie?

    Who will be the actor?

  32. doctorrustbelt says: Feb 12, 2014 4:06 PM

    Something tells me richie is a sociopath.

  33. stealthjunk says: Feb 12, 2014 4:07 PM

    Michael Sam will be drafted, despite the media’s best efforts to create as big a distraction as possible to dissuade a team from taking him. Keep it up.

  34. deep64blue says: Feb 12, 2014 4:08 PM

    He’s not going to be a Free Agent in 2014 after all this ….

  35. kev3west says: Feb 12, 2014 4:11 PM

    The old “He said/They published a report” argument.

  36. zeedoubleyou says: Feb 12, 2014 4:28 PM

    The world we live in today is funny. First, the majority had Martin’s back. Then everyone turned on him after the texts were released. Now it seems like the wave is shifting back towards Martin.

    I’m probably as guilty as anyone, but can we just wait to see what the Ted Wells report has to say before we start choosing sides?

  37. cursedvikings1998 says: Feb 12, 2014 4:30 PM

    As I see it, both Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito are in the wrong. They both come off as huge crybabies.

  38. therealraider says: Feb 12, 2014 4:45 PM

    I have a strong feeling that Richie Incognito had a few to many drinks and let his emotions get the best of him.. probably got a call from his lawyer who told him to go to bed.

  39. blu4l1fe says: Feb 12, 2014 4:48 PM

    While Martin shares some of the blame for this fiasco, Incognito certainly isn’t helping his cause by doing all this brash talking.

  40. dietrich43 says: Feb 12, 2014 4:50 PM

    I love how most commentors assume one party is right and the other is wrong. Richie is a moron and bully. Martin was wrong to walk away.

  41. doctorrustbelt says: Feb 12, 2014 4:54 PM

    I agree with real raider…. I, too, think richie incognito has a drinking problem.

    SEE: YouTube video of roid raging richie at bar w/ pouncey

  42. blackacre25 says: Feb 12, 2014 4:55 PM

    Seriously though, how fun would one night be out in Vegas with Incognito?

  43. doctorrustbelt says: Feb 12, 2014 5:00 PM

    Not very fun.

    I can think of 100 things more fun.

    I’m sure low character richie incognito would try to strong-arm money out of my bank account by 11:00 p.m..

  44. Yip62 says: Feb 12, 2014 5:13 PM

    I bet Incognito’s team options to sign with new team for next year are much better than Martins! It’s a league of monsters, weak minded OL get eaten up and cut every year.

  45. souldogdave says: Feb 12, 2014 5:52 PM

    You don’t pay lineman to be nice. Come out West, Richie, the Raiders will be calling.

  46. fmwarner says: Feb 12, 2014 7:08 PM

    Yeah, this behavior is totally consistent with someone who isn’t a bully.


  47. thelastpieceofcheese says: Feb 12, 2014 7:19 PM

    Incognito has as much right as Martin to release his tweets.

    We are a democracy, not a dictatorship.

  48. vaughndk says: Feb 13, 2014 3:09 PM

    “Accurate or not, what purpose does it serve to make that disclosure public now, especially as the Ted Well report inches closer to publication?” What purpose? Seriously? How about showing the emotional state of the person who has accused you of bullying and racism? Incognito kept his mouth shut for a long time when he could have easily came out and disputed everything right away but he was giving Martin and his camp a chance to backoff and come clean. They didn’t. Incognito is going on his 10th season in the NFL and Martin and his lies are jeopardizing his career. I would be ticked off too. I would have gone ballistic a lot earlier than Incognito did and why bring up the girl at the golf course? Is that relevant to Martin? How about bring up the texts that Martin sent about getting high? Are those relevant?

    I think Martin and Incognito were friends who sent each other childish text messages. They each ‘bullied’ the other. Martin’s mother is a labor attorney. Martin thought his job was in jeopardy (fact) and might be out on his butt and probably didn’t fit in so he comes up with this ‘story’ as an attempt to be able to sue the Dolphins and probably the NFL.

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