The Miami Dolphins locker room has found itself in the cross hairs of the national media this past week, turned upside down behind a scandal that has shook the team and the league. Guard Richie Incognito is accused of bullying his teammate and fellow offensive linemen Jonathan Martin, causing Martin to leave the Dolphins to leave the team and file a complaint to the league. One of the key pieces of evidence in the case is a voicemail that includes a racial slur and some threats, calling Martin a “half nigger” and threatening to defecate in his mouth along with threatening to do other disturbing acts to his family members. Incognito, who was suspended by the team, has an interview on FOX Sports airing on Sunday.
Incognito told Jay Glazer of FOX that this situation is more than just about him or the Miami Dolphins organization and is about a locker room culture that drives players like him into these sorts of situations.
“All this stuff coming out, it speaks to the culture of our locker room, our closeness, our brotherhood, and the racism, the bad words, that’s what I regret most,” Incognito said in the FOX Sports interview. “But that’s product of the environment, and that’s something that we use all the time.”
Incognito also made it clear that he does not feel this is an issue about bullying, something that the media has tried to tie into the Dolphins scandal, holding on to the fact that he feels that him and Martin had a close friendship. Defending his actions as trying to push Martin to a higher level and saying that he had Martin’s back.
“This isn’t an issue about bullying, this is of mine and Jon’s relationship,” Incognito said to Glazer. “You can ask anyone in the Miami locker room, ‘Who had Jon Martin’s back the absolute most?’ and they’ll undoubtedly tell you me.”
You can watch the :58 second preview of the Incognito interview with FOX’s Jay Glazer below and the full interview will be on FOX’s NFL Pregame Show this morning prior to the early kickoffs.