You wouldn’t immediately think it of any white guy named “Richie”, but apparently Richie Incognito was conferred with honorary black man status, at least according to one former Dolphins player who spoke with Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald:
Well, I’ve spoken to multiple people today about this and the explanation from all of them is that in the Dolphins locker room, Richie Incognito was considered a black guy. He was accepted by the black players. He was an honorary black man.
And Jonathan Martin, who is bi-racial, was not. Indeed, Martin was considered less black than Incognito.
“Richie is honarary,” one player who left the Dolphins this offseason told me today. “I don’t expect you to understand because you’re not black. But being a black guy, being a brother is more than just about skin color. It’s about how you carry yourself. How you play. Where you come from. What you’ve experienced. A lot of things.”
Well then. Does honorary black man status allow for free and open use of the N-word? Because Incognito seems to have interpreted it that way.
In other news, I sense a Rob Parker commentary arriving very soon.