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.

48 responses to “Incognito continues his Twitter tirade against Jonathan Martin

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. If someone slandered me and my livelihood ….I’d.be 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

    Sad.

  10. 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.

  11. 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?

  12. 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.

  13. 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?

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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..

  18. 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.

  19. “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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