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Some people believe Richie Incognito deserves a second chance

Once a social pariah, it seems people's hatred of the offensive lineman has cooled as of late.

Remember when Richie Incognito was the worst person on the planet? A man so vile, so hated, that there was no way he would ever work in this country again. Forget having friends. Forget having a life. He's done. Sayonara.

Well, it seems that more than a few people's emotions have cooled since his bullying scandal with the Miami Dolphins that involved former teammate Jonathan Martin. Incognito was brought in by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for an interview on Monday. But this is beyond just NFL personnel. The Newark Star-Ledger conducted a poll on its website, asking Giants fans if the team should sign Incognito. The results were very telling.

A wide margin -- a little more than 70 percent -- feels the team should indeed bring in Incognito to aid their moth-eaten offensive line. Here's what one reader named "TR150" had to say.

"I feel dirty for saying this, but how about a look at Richie Incognito? Heck with teams captains. Bring in someone who can keep the Q b clean. At this point, it's not about Eli or Nassib. They're both gonna get killed behind that line against premiere rushers. Heck, pass rushers period."

Another reader, named "GHOSTFACZ STARKS," offered this up:

"I think JR. should bring this Guy in... Tha G-MEN needs NASTY o-lineman. That has a mean streak... From wut I've been seeING BIG guys on ROLLER SKATES. ALL PRE SEASON.

Now, it's hard to really get a grasp on what Mr. Starks is talking about, but it's clear that he or she feels that Mr. Incognito would add a measure of toughness to a Giants offensive line that has been getting beat up all preseason. It's hard to argue with that.

But don't think this reponse is just limited to Giants fans. The Kansas City Star asked Chiefs fans is the team should try and sign Richie to a deal. The results? Well, 33 percent of respondents said the Chiefs should absolutely sign Incognito, while 39 percent said the Chiefs should try and sign him with a character clause in his contract. The people against the signing? They just clock in at 28 percent.

Well, maybe it goes to show that a little time -- and many more egregious events happening in society -- can make people forget about certain misdeeds.

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