I searched on “Incognito” and didn’t find any recent threads. And I am putting this hear vs. The Game Room because this story has crossed over to mainstream media. This is getting so much lather and froth on ESPN, and is on the home/front page of places like CNN and NBC.com that I am surprised there isn’t a thread started yet. If I missed one, sorry.
In terms of the situation, it stinks. Seems like Martin got harrassed/bullied by Incognito with the explicit or implicit support of some coaches looking to toughen the new guy up.
Incognito seems like a nutjob who could only function in a macho/warfare-type situation. You may want him next to you in a foxhole - but it’s not clear he’s ready for mainstream society ;). If he was tasked with toughening Martin up - well, that would be just stupid - asking the pyro to be on fire watch, etc…
The fact that the Dolphins players appear to be distancing themselves from Martin - they seem to feel like: a) what they saw Incognito do didn’t seem out of line; and b) Martin went public, a unity-ending no-no to teammates.
With all of that, I still struggle with the concept of trying to apply “standard work rules” to this type of situation. I can’t clutch my pearls about the fact that an NFL locker room is a super-tough environment. The fact that many NFL’ers are saying “Martin should’ve just punched Incognito” is a clear signal that we’re not in your standard workplace - and that’s not surprising, just an inside look at a place most of us know nothing about.
I am sure we don’t know the whole story, and it appears to be the Hot Mess that keeps on giving…
What do other Dopers think?