Adam Schefter Put Dolphins Richie Incognito On The Summer Jam Screen

11.04.13 4 years ago 48 Comments

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“Don’t make me expose you to them folks that don’t know you…” Jay Z (and Adam Schefter this morning, probably)

Having followed the Jonathan Martin bullying story for a few days, I decided it was best to keep my mouth shut. Initially, I figured it to be quite the unique case of an overly sensitive football player. New guys joining organizations receiving the cloudy side of verbal jabs and having to foot bills at restaurants for veterans isn’t exactly new ground in the world of sports.

As the story began to unfold, however, Martin’s teammate, lineman Richie Incognito’s – a part of the team’s six-player leadership council – name began to associate with the alleged misconduct. Per reports, the verbal barbs were more than just good natured “old guy making the new guy pay dues.” Incognito reportedly went all Clayton Bigsby on Martin leaving a colorful assortment of voicemails and text messages that’ve since gone on to take on a life of their own.

The nine-year veteran went on the defensive yesterday lashing out on Twitter demanding apologies from ESPN, Adam Schefter, Pro Football Talk and other outlets for what he deemed throwing shade from their influential (and ironic) bully pulpits.

Turns out that was the worst possible move for Richie Incognito, whose name instantly makes it the biggest oxymoron in recent sports memory. Schefter is arguably the most reputable name in breaking NFL news, so his “sources” carry a tad more weight than most of the reporters of his ilk in Bristol. In five tweets, Schefter opened the flood gates on what has the potential to become the NFL’s Riley Cooper 2.0 scandal.

Let’s run through some brief thoughts on the situation, shall we?

1. This appears to be quiet the magnificent example of “pot calling the kettle black” because this ESPN The Magazine feature in 2003 revealed Richie was the victim of bullying as a child, something his father told him he “couldn’t let them keep doing.”

2. Speaking of his father, Richie Sr. could possibly be trolling Internet message boards defending his son and calling Martin and other Black players drug addicts thus only making a bad situation 68 times worse.

3. Incognito never learned from Tiger Woods the damage and irrefutable paper trail voicemails can bring.

4. It’s 2013, guy. A screen shot of a text message takes less time than cracking open a beer.

5. To make his case even worse and since we’re quoting Jay Z, the tweets are always watching.

A la Cooper earlier this summer, chances are we can expect the always entertaining, “I’m not this type of guy. My parents raised me better than this. I’m going to take some time to get some things right with myself.” type of press conference in the near future. The fact of the matter is this though. Incognito called Schefter out. Schefter pulled his card and at this point Incognito doesn’t have much ground to stand on – because unlike Riley – Richie’s previous track record speaks for itself. Not in a flattering way either. He’s the fall guy because there’s always a fall guy in shitstorms like these.

All that being said, no one stands Martin’s shoes except the man himself and I’m about as mild mannered as they come. But if a person’s threatening to kill me, defecate in my mouth and commit the double cardinal sin by mentioning my mother’s name, but dropping “nigger” in the process, the last thing coaches need to be worried about during practice is helmet to helmet hits.

Anywho, Incognito’s up the creek without a paddle, as my grandma would say. With a lot more to worry about than whether he went over his data plan this month or not, too. Tough break, ni…nevermind. Don’t be mad. I’m sure Barney’s is hiring.

UPDATE: A source within the Dolphins tells the Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero that Incognito’s time with the franchise is “done.”

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