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Incognito says he was just telling his side of the story

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So what prompted Wednesday’s Twitter tirade from Richie Incognito?

Incognito, who stopped tweeting but didn’t stop talking, told Mike Silver of NFL Network that Incognito is frustrated by the ongoing delay in the issuance of Ted Wells’ report.

“I talked to Richie Incognito about an hour ago and he’s very angry at this point,” Silver said on Total Access.  “He feels like four months of being in limbo has taken its toll on him personally.  He strongly refutes Jonathan Martin’s allegations and he told me ‘I wanted to get my side out there before the Ted Wells report is issued.'”

If Incognito is so confident he’ll be exonerated, why did he feel the need to pre-empt the Wells report?  It could be that Incognito is starting to sense, based on the ongoing delay, that he won’t like the findings and conclusions in the report.

Or it could be that Incognito simply can’t help himself.  Apart from the possible connection between banging on Wells’ door for his report and the ultimate (and perhaps revised at the last minute) contents of it, Incognito needs to convince the other 31 teams to give him another chance.  He needs to be on his best behavior.

And maybe some teams will wonder whether what we saw on Wednesday really was his best behavior.

Incognito eventually demonstrated better behavior by deleting the tweet in which he referred any further questions to his lawyer, Mark Schamel . . . and provided Schamel’s phone number.  It seemed at the time that Schamel had told Richie to shut up, that Richie didn’t want to shut up, and that Richie posted Schamel’s phone number as a not-so-subtle protest to the advice Schamel had given.

Incognito, who supposedly was done talking with the tweet that disclosed his lawyer’s phone number, had more to say to Silver via text:  “The facts clearly show the allegations are false and there was no bullying. Just banter both ways between two good friends. I intend to do as I always have: focus on doing the best job I can for my team and fans and helping my team win.'”

Incognito then said he’ll have no further comment until Wells’ report is issued.  After that, count on Incognito to comment loudly, regardless of the outcome and any advice he receives on what he should and shouldn’t say.

Until then, Incognito’s final last word was the hashtag that has become his trademark:  #FreeINCOGNITO.

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19 Responses to “Incognito says he was just telling his side of the story”
  1. bonniebengal says: Feb 13, 2014 8:20 AM

    I don’t think he has any self control, and he’s made that apparent to all the other teams out there. I think he’s done in the NFL.

  2. gammynomnom says: Feb 13, 2014 8:28 AM

    Free Incognito? Still overpriced.

  3. nikeair497 says: Feb 13, 2014 9:03 AM


  4. tjacks7 says: Feb 13, 2014 9:10 AM

    Based on the texts alone, incognito is exonerated, IMO. This seems open and shut to me. Incognito will play again. Martin.. Probably not.

  5. arwiv says: Feb 13, 2014 9:19 AM

    Im surprised he hasn’t snapped sooner. How long is someone supposed to be vilified before they start fighting back? I think Martin should be lucky he did this in this day and age as opposed to 50 years ago.

  6. abninf says: Feb 13, 2014 9:22 AM

    Come to Dallas. We need you.

  7. rodeoclownclint24 says: Feb 13, 2014 10:25 AM

    Not.. do not come to dallas

  8. eatitfanboy says: Feb 13, 2014 10:31 AM

    He’ll get a job before Martin does. He may be a bit of a nut case, but Martin walked out on his team.

    Right or wrong, that’s how it will be percieved around the league.

  9. paulsmith107 says: Feb 13, 2014 12:22 PM

    One must wonder. If Martin didn’t suck at playing football would this have happened and then showed us he sucked at being a man as well. I’ll tell you one thing if I had to pick between the two to play for my team that mr softy martin would
    Not be it

  10. orivar says: Feb 13, 2014 1:04 PM

    It took him FOUR MONTHS to snap. That’s actually pretty good, I would of went off in the first week.

  11. thelastpieceofcheese says: Feb 13, 2014 1:10 PM

    Incognito referred further questions to his lawyer, Mark Schamel . If he doesn’t provide Schamel’s phone number how will anybody contact him for questions?

  12. fishfan39 says: Feb 13, 2014 1:32 PM

    It seems to me that no matter what the Wells report reveals Incognito has played his last down as a Dolphin. That sucks because the Dolphins need his brand of toughness on their OL. Martin not so much. I wonder how things would have played out if it was Martin that was “bullying” Incognito lol.

  13. tindeaux says: Feb 13, 2014 1:46 PM

    let the legal system take its course. talking too much hurts no one but yourself.

    this surely keeps the lawyers happy as heck.

  14. granadafan says: Feb 13, 2014 2:22 PM

    Riiiiiight, Richie. Ranting on Twitter will surely rehab your reputation as not being a bully.

  15. sdsmooth says: Feb 13, 2014 3:09 PM

    People’s true colors come out in time of crisis. We’ve seen Richie’s true colors both on and off the field now. He’s an immature meat-head.

  16. pacificajim says: Feb 13, 2014 5:07 PM


  17. rajbais says: Feb 13, 2014 5:25 PM

    In a way that will get him blackballed.

    Hopefully, this isn’t opening locker room secrets, but clearly this guy knows nothing about lawyering or counsel’s advice.

  18. johnnyjagfan says: Feb 13, 2014 11:53 PM

    Hate to say but go to Houston. They need men.

  19. socalfan says: Feb 14, 2014 1:23 PM

    Icognito appears to have been an immature 16 year-old, and never grew past that point.

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