As the football world continued to process the news that the Dolphins had suspended offensive lineman Richie Incognito after FOX NFL Insider Mike Garafolo reported Sunday that fellow lineman Jonathan Martin claimed Incognito had left him threatening and racist messages, Garafolo reported Monday that Martin remains away from the team, instead beginning therapy in California.
To update on Jonathan Martin, he remains in California and begins his therapy today, per a source.
Later in the day, some of the alleged details of the messages Incognito sent Martin were reported. And those details rocked the NFL and sent shockwaves that spanned far beyond football and sports. Shortly thereafter, the Miami Herald reported that the team is “done” with Incognito and that he won’t be play another down for the Dolphins again.
1: Richie Incognito left this VM for Jonathan Martin in April 2013: “Hey, wassup, you half n—– piece of (expletive)… — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 4, 2013
2. More Incognito to Martin: “I saw you on Twitter, you been training ten weeks. (I want to) (expletive) in your (expl) mouth…. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 4, 2013
3. Incognito VM to Martin: “(I’m going to) slap your (expletive) mouth. (I’m going to) slap your real mother across the face (laughter). — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 4, 2013
4. Incognito to Martin, all on same VM in April 2013: “(Expletive) you, you’re still a rookie. I’ll kill you.” — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 4, 2013
But how did we get here? In just the matter of a week, the Dolphins locker room has melted down. After Martin’s claims of abuse, the Dolphins reached out to the NFL to ask for a thorough and objective investigation, as reported by FOX NFL Insider Mike Garafolo. Wow, what happened? Just a simple check of Incognito’s and Martin’s twitter feed doesn’t make it appear that the two were mortal enemies. Check this photo that Martin posted just a little over a month ago:
If you click the Instagram link, you’ll find a selfie of Incognito and Martin sitting together on a flight. Then, there’s another photo of Martin that was at the tail end of a series of tweets. Check it out:
Please help Plantation police find @Josh_YM_Samuda car. Please be on the lookout for a ratchet white Impala on some weak 24″ rims. THANK U — Richie incognito (@68INCOGNITO) July 24, 2013
The offensive line had nothing to do with the disappearance of the ratchet impala. — Richie incognito (@68INCOGNITO) July 24, 2013
This is really strange. It appears that these two guys had, at least in Incognito’s view, a relationship that was somewhat friendly at some point. However, things went horribly wrong and led to the situation we’re currently facing now.