From what I’ve been hearing today, teammates are coming out and supporting Incognito, and not Martin.
I think Incognito would be welcome back before Martin, as unbelievable as that sounds, because Martin is being looked at as a snitch, not someone who has been bullied. Black players are sticking up for Incognito, so i think we have to try to understand the dropping of the “N” word as part of the acceptable locker room vocabulary, especially for someone like Incognito, who apparently has said this to other black teammates with no ill effects. That word doesn’t fly in everyday circles, but the locker room isn’t an everyday workplace. They have different rules. And in this case, it would seem, that Incognito, and not Martin is being looked at as playing within the rules, even if we think those rules are insane.
I don’t know. When I first heard this story, I saw Incognito as an asshole who deserves to get punted from the league. But the more I hear, especially from ex-players, the hazing was something most went through. If Martin was feeling a bit more hazed than most, well, he IS a second year player, so his rookie hazing should be over. So I don’t know what’s going on there. And making him pay $15,000 for a trip is a joke, unless other people were asked to and ponied up the $15k without comment and complaint, in which case, i’m not sure if we can chew Incognito up and spit him out for this. This is more of a cultural issue… An NFL and Dolphin issue, not a black/white issue. In fact, i don’t think race enters in this at all based on what I’ve heard. Mike Wallace even stuck up for Incognito.
Seems like hazing is just part of NFL life, and everyone has had to pick up a tab for an expensive meal or whatever. But there are different degrees of hazing and being an asshole. i heard one example where the rookies were forced to pay a $55k tab at a Ruth’s Chris Steak House, and it was so high beause guys were getting meals to go, and buying bottles of wine to take home. That’s not right, to me anyway. If as a rookie I have to buy you a dinner, fine. But you don’t get to fill up a bag to feed your family or yourself for a week, including take out wine. No, no… Eat what you want, but I only pay for what you eat at the table.
I think Martin is done as a Dolphin. He may also be done in the league, although NFL teams will take anyone with a pulse if they can help the team win. I know the Steelers need o-linemen, and I’d take Martin. The Dolphins seem to think this a breach of team ethics or something.
Incognito may or may not be done. What may happen though, is hazing is officially mandated out of the NFL locker room. It may still go on, but if it is reported, a heavy hammer will come down. You won’t see any Tim Tebow’s walking around with a friar Ted hairdo ever again, and players won’t be taped to a goal post in front of cameras.
I’m very interested to see how this all plays out. There are a lot of things going on that we as the public don’t have a clue about.