Richie Incognito Says He Has Games Against Dolphins Circled in Red

Richie Incognito Says He Has Games Against Dolphins Circled in Red
photo by Juan Rivera via Wikimedia Commons

Back during the 2013 season, Richie Incognito became the face of bullying in the NFL when it was revealed that he hazed and used racial slurs against then-Miami Dolphins teammate Jonathan Martin. Incognito was suspended and then released and stayed unemployed for the entire 2014 season. But this off-season, Incognito was signed by Dolphins division rival Buffalo Bills. And now Incognito has said he has the two games against Miami circled in red. 

During his appearance on the Zaslow & Joy Show on 104.3 the Ticket on Tuesday morning, Incognito says that while he holds no ill will against anyone on the team, he still circled the two games on his calendar, which would suggest he has vengeance on his mind. 

“I still got a lot of love for those guys, a lot of respect for those guys, still got a lot of close friends on that team," Incognito said. "What went down went down, and it was a crazy time, and things were said, but I really don’t have any hard feelings toward anybody.”

In February 2014, an independent investigation launched by the NFL revealed that Incognito, along with teammates John Jerry and Mike Pouncey, were involved in bullying not only Martin but also another offensive lineman as well as an assistant trainer. There were homophobic slurs, name-calling, improper physical contact, and taunting. 

The investigation, which was launched following Martin's exit from the team and his public accusations of bullying, allowed investigators access to thousands of documents, text messages, and emails. Investigators also conducted more than 100 interviews with Dolphins players, coaches, members of the front office, and owner Stephen Ross.

During his interview on the Ticket, Incognito admitted that, while it was joking for him and part of football locker-room culture, things may have been taken too far.

“There’s definitely a part of me that’s conscious and, you know, when we get to joking and hooing and hawing, there’s part of me that says, ‘OK, it’s going too far. Let’s cut it back,’ ” Incognito said. 

Incognito was also asked if he thought he was treated unfairly by the media coverage. But the offensive lineman said the media was merely doing its job.

“It was definitely shocking how it took on a life of its own, and the national media caught onto it,” he said. “And it just kind of got twisted and jaded from the get-go."

The Dolphins host the Bills on September 27, then visit Buffalo on November 8.

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