I went ahead and posted Chad Johnson's comments, but I know he himself has been off over the years and how flamboyant he has been, but his thoughts like Ricky Williams on this situation made some sense to me.
The bottom line is I feel bad for Jonathan Martin and for the issues he is dealing with, BUT, for me personally, this could have all been dealt with much differently and I am having a very hard time with this whole "bullying" accusation against Incognito. I mean I do not doubt Martin being pushed over into his own personal deep end, but these are NFL players, one would think you could side a bit on Ricky Williams & Chad Johnson's thoughts because I tend to agree.
Right now, I also think Incognito is getting thrown under the bus for something that should have never made it to the media and to this magnitude. I think IMO that Jonathan Martin's personal issues run deeper than we all may realize. There is also a part of me (without any proof, just a gut feeling) that Martin may want out of football altogether and hit his own wall with the game just like Ricky Williams hit back when he first walked away from the game.
I will be very curious as the NFL looks into this and as more facts come out that Incognito will be back playing soon. Maybe not for the Dolphins and although I understand there will be folks in our forum that don't want anything to do with Incognito coming back, but I for one, do want Richie back. My stance may change if more compelling reasons come out against him, but as of now I hope he stays a Miami Dolphin.
Here are Chad's words:http://mojo.radio.cbssports.com/2013/11 ... e-friends/
Chad Johnson, a former teammate of Richie Incognito, dropped by The MoJo Show to discuss the controversy involving the Dolphins offensive lineman, who has been suspended indefinitely for sending threatening and racially charged voicemails to second-year offensive tackle Jonathan Martin.
“Before I start, I don’t condone bullying; I don’t condone any of that stuff,” Johnson said. “I have a respect for all players, and the situation that happened at hand, it kind of bothered me. It didn’t have to get to that point (where Martin) filed a grievance. There’s something that’s going on – (something) that has been going on for years in the NFL – which is tradition.”
That tradition? Rookie get hazed – but only, Johnson said, to a certain point. There’s “Rookie Night,” where the rookies take the vets out for dinner, which Johnson did, and the rookies carry pads after practice, which Johnson did.
Anything else? Sorry, not going to happen.
Incognito reportedly told Martin he would have to fund a trip to Las Vegas and at one point threatened to harm his family.
“Is Richie really going to do that stuff?” Johnson asked. “Or is it (just that) he found what your weakness was – that you were believing every little thing – and that’s what he was going to be able to (exploit) to get every little thing out of you?”
Incognito repeatedly used the N-word when threatening Martin. Johnson was indifferent to that.
“I don’t even care about that,” he said. “Everybody’s saying the n-word nowadays.”
Johnson felt Martin needed to show more backbone throughout this ordeal.
“As a man – just being a man alone – you’re not going to tell me what I’m going to pay for that I have nothing to do with,” he said. “Rookie or no rookie, you can say no. Jonathan Martin is on the Miami Dolphins to play football – not make friends. If you don’t like it, so what?
“Richie don’t even talk to me no more,” Johnson continued. “I had to deal with Richie for a while in my short stint in Miami, and Richie is the the life of the locker room, man. I love that dude. That dude is hilarious. He’s a funny guy. He’s the life and energy of that locker room.
“You know me. I tell it like it is. I’m never politically correct. That’s not me. I wish it didn’t have to come to this.”
Johnson added that it’s highly unlikely Incognito would have actually followed through on his threats.
“What is he really going to do to me? Is he really going to harm me? Is he really going to do something to my family?” Johnson asked. “You have to have some type of edge to you. I don’t care about your background. I don’t care where you came from. You don’t let any man tell you what you’re going to do against your will.
“Let’s talk about mental toughness. I understand the voicemail and what he said and the harassment. Stop. Okay, stop. You are a grown man, man. Dude, stop. If it’s really bothering you that much, mentally, (tell him to stop).”
Johnson was asked if the other veterans should have come to Martin’s defense and told Incognito to back off a bit. Johnson doesn’t think so.
“Why do other men have to come to another man’s defense when all it takes is a simple no?” he asked. “Your job is to play football. You don’t have to make friends. You don’t like me? So what?
“Listeners, I know some of you might not agree with me, but I love you to death. Some of you don’t like me because I’ve been in trouble myself, so I have no right to really even speak. But come on. You are a man. Fifteen grand? A trip to Vegas? Child, please.”