Suspended Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito says that the infamous voicemail in which he used the N-word and threatened to kill teammate Jonathan Martin was just the way the two of them joked around with each other. And Incognito says Martin used to say the same types of things to him.
Incognito told Jay Glazer of FOX Sports that a week before Martin left the Dolphins, it was Martin texting Incognito with profanity and a physical threat — which Incognito said he thought was just the normal way they went back and forth.
“A week before this went down, Jonathan Martin texted me, ‘I will murder your whole F—ing family. Now did I think Jonathan Martin was going to murder my family? Not one bit,” Incognito said.
Incognito allowed that he may have taken some things too far with Martin, but he said he never intended to hurt Martin.
Before the interview aired on FOX, Glazer disclosed that he and Incognito have been friendly for five years and that Glazer has worked with Incognito on mixed martial arts training. Glazer added that Incognito was forthright about all but one thing: Incognito wouldn’t answer when Glazer asked whether the Dolphins’ coaches ordered him to toughen Martin up.