Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - What's more dangerous, a loaded gun or a
high-profile athlete with no filter on Twitter?
For anyone in the image-making industry, that answer is a rather easy one.
The classic "he said, he said" really blew up on Wednesday when the nation's
poster child for bullying, Richie Incognito, broke his relative silence for
the first time since being suspended by the Miami Dolphins for tormenting
teammate Jonathan Martin.
The veteran "offensive" lineman's first Tweet addressing the situation was
lobbed at 2:42 p.m. ET.
"I'm ready to move on with my life and career," Incognito wrote. "I've been
dragged through the mud for months by my "best friend" #betrayed #railroaded."
Plenty of observers and most of the Dolphins have actually sided with Incognito
through this whole ordeal because more than a few are fed up with a politically
correct society which has spawned people who feel it's their place to
adjudicate everything they may deem as out of bounds, whatever the intent or
context may be.
Incognito's sudden uptick in voicing his opinion was born out of frustration
just as NFL-appointed investigator Ted Wells was expected to file his final
report with the NFL regarding his investigation into the bullying allegations
made by that "best friend," Martin.
According to Wells' law firm -- Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP --
the final report was scheduled to be sent to the NFL this week.
"Mr. Wells informed the NFL before the Super Bowl that he expected his report
to be completed and issued either late next week or early the following week,"
the firm said in a statement released on Feb. 5. "Mr. Wells continues to be in
full control of the timing of the report."
The situation could have been complicated by over 1,000 text messages between
Martin and Incognito that were made public through multiple media outlets.
Exchanges where both joked and seemed like friends while hurling admittedly
off-color barbs at each other.
"The facts clearly show the allegations are false and there was no bullying,"
Incognito said via text message to the NFL Network. "Just banter both ways
between two good friends. I intend to do as I always have: focus on doing the
best job I can for my team and fans and helping my team win."
On Twitter, Incognito war far more blunt: "Dear Jon Martin..... The truth is
going to bury you and your entire "camp". You could have told the truth the
Wells' investigation into this mess began on Nov. 6 when he was appointed by
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to look into Martin's allegations against
Incognito, along with the overall workplace conditions and culture of the
Wells reportedly interviewed both Incognito and Martin on two occasions while
many other members of the team and the front office have been deposed as well.
Incognito, however. was suspended by the Dolphins when Wells began the
investigation, a penalty finally lifted last week. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross,
however, has already said that he doesn't think either Incognito or Martin will
return to the team in 2014.
"I'm guilty of being a loyal friend and good teammate," Incognito expressed.
"I apologize for my poor language and rude remarks. I've never denied it."
Incognito went way too far, however, when he revealed something a lot of us
already surmised -- Martin has some serious emotional issues and needs help.
"FACT: Jonathan Martin told me he thought about taking his own life in MAY
2013 b/c he wasn't playing well," Incognito tweeted. "Told me he felt
Now a somewhat sympathetic figure who figures to be at least partially
vindicated by Wells' work blew it all up with a couple keystrokes.
Today, Incognito is back to being the meathead after Twitter bullying a
potentially mentally ill young man.
The Sports Network