You may remember last year, when Miami Dolphins’ Jonathan Martin left the team because he claimed he was being bullied by players, namely teammate Richie Incognito.
Well, an investigation has been ongoing, but thousands of text messages were leaked before the official report came out, and they seem pretty darn friendly! Super vulgar, but it’s clear the two were at least not enemies!
Some of the texts went like this:
Richie Incognito - 10/20/2012 11:53 “I thought we were in like flint last night. I told those bitches i didn't want to go to social b/c I'm hookin up with that chick that works there. I was too drunk to make up lies
Jonathan Martin - 10/20/2012 11:56 Haha yeah whatever the brunette was such a buzz kill… The other two were down tho had we got them back to the crib
RI - 10/20/2012 11:59 She was so salty b/c no one was talking to her. 3rd wheel buzzkill
RI - 10/20/2012 14:31 What time u headed to the tail gate
JM - 10/20/2012 14:32 Going now
RI - 10/20/2012 14:32 There is going to be sooo much puss there
JM - 10/20/2012 14:33 Yeah… The tail gate I'm going to is being
thrown by a UM frat
RI - 10/20/2012 14:33 U wearing UM gear?
JM - 10/20/2012 14:34 Lol no
RI - 10/20/2012 14:34 FYI. U look like an aids patient with a shaved head
JM - 10/20/2012 14:35 Haha fck you bitches love it
RI - 10/20/2012 14:36 Bitches don't love aids
JM - 10/20/2012 14:39 True but they can't resist the buzz cut
JM - 10/20/2012 20:49 What are you doing tonight?
RI - 10/20/2012 20:50 Chillin…. How was the tailgate?
JM - 10/20/2012 20:50 It was pretty awesome… Undergrads going crazy lol
RI - 10/20/2012 20:51 I bet. U have any pics of hot chicks
JM - 10/20/2012 20:53 Nah I took some videos tho
Two guys, just chatting about getting their sticks wet, right? Well, it seems that Incognito was actually concerned about Martin when the news initially broke that he’d been bullied, and Richie texted with no response from Martin:
RI - 10/23/2013 19:58 Cool
RI - 10/28/2013 17:16 Yooooo
RI - 10/28/2013 17:17 What's up?
RI - 10/28/2013 17:25 Call me
RI - 10/28/2013 19:07 Yooo U alright Text me back
RI - 10/28/2013 21:09 U good dude?
RI - 10/29/2013 10:23 What's up dude Glad to hear Ur ok I'm here if u ever need to talk. I've been through enough shit myself to understand.
RI - 10/29/2013 17:52 I miss Ur stinky armpits
RI - 11/1/2013 13:13 How u doing buddy? Feeling better?? I
Huh! Sounds like a concerned friend, no? And their final texts were from Incognito, pleading for support from Martin:
RI - 11/1/2013 20:02 I heard it's all coming from Ur agent?
RI - 11/2/2013 14:27 I need you buddy I'm getting killed in the
RI - 11/3/2013 13:48 Bro can we talk? The dolphins are talking about releasing me
Kind of puts a new spin on things, doesn’t it?
Well, according to a source, it’s Martin’s private schooling that made him unable to handle the gruff football culture. The insider said:
“It’s no secret that Stanford absolutely coddles their athletes, and Jon was a product of that environment, no question. It was an absolute shock for Jon when he got to the NFL. Most of his football career Jon had been told what an extraordinary athlete he was, and there wasn’t a lot of criticism of his playing technique. So when Jon starts his NFL career with the Miami Dolphins, it’s now the real world, The offensive line coach for the Dolphins is in his players’ faces, telling them to work harder, and at times, in terms that he has never heard before. For the first time in his football career, he lost his starting job with the team. It had never happened to Jon before, he suffered a setback in the real world, and clearly had problems accepting it.”
And what’s more, is that Martin had talked to Incognito about how he thought he was going to get cut from the team just before the bullying accusations! Richie’s lawyer Mark Shamel said:
“[Martin] raised concerns with Richie Incognito that he was not playing well, about how upset he was at being ranked by Pro Football Focus, as among the worst lineman in the NFL, about his poor performance on the field, his demotion to right tackle and how he was concerned about what the outcome might be for his missing team meetings and, about how he felt his job was at risk. It was only after sharing these concerns and Martin’s abandonment of the team, that the bullying allegations were raised. Rather than deal with his poor performance on field performance and myriad other issues, Martin is now hiding behind false allegations. The result undermines the real problems of bullying and demeans what is a very real problem for many young people… The coarse and unacceptable comments and text messages that were sent to Jonathan Martin were of the same poor taste as those sent by him. Jonathan Martin sent text messages to Richie Incognito which included threats to send someone over to Richie Incognito’s home with a ‘tranquilizer gun and sandpaper condoms’ to homosexually rape him. Jonathan Martin sent another that said he would ‘kill (Richies’s) whole family.’ There was another where Jonathan Martin indicated he would ejaculate in Richie’s face. Richie Incognito has owned his inappropriate comments, despite the fact that they were made in jest and it is time for Jonathan Martin to do the same.”
After seeing the texts, we’re going to have to agree with Mr. Shamel! Martin definitely sent some questionable texts too.
That’s not to say he wasn’t mentally going through a tough time though, and was just trying to keep up appearances for the locker room. That’s a possibility as well.
The full report will come out this week, and we’ll keep youupdated.