Miami Dolphins' Richie Incognito breaks his silence on bullying scandal

Miami HeraldJanuary 30, 2014 

Richie Incognito

NEW YORK -- Jonathan Martin sent vile text messages to Richie Incognito threatening to, among other things, "kill [his] whole family," Incognito's attorney Mark Schamel said Thursday.

But Incognito never felt in any danger because he saw them as "banter between friends, not bullying," Schamel continued.

Furthermore, Martin pledged to send someone over to Incognito's home with a "tranquilizer gun and sandpaper condoms" to rape him, Incognito's attorney claims. Martin also threatened to ejaculate in Incognito's face, Schamel continued.

All of these explosive messages have been provided to Ted Wells, and will presumably be included in his report on the Miami Dolphins' workplace conduct scandal.

Martin left the team in late October, saying he suffered extreme mental and physical abuse at the hands of his teammates. He resurfaced this week with a nationally televised interview in which he reiterated some of those allegations, but did not provide much detail.

Incognito, who was suspended by the team for the last two months of the season, had largely remained silent —until now.

Schamel says Incognito has "owned his inappropriate comments" —but is adamant that they were jokes, not threats.

"Now it is time for Jonathan Martin to do the same," Schamel said in his statement.

Furthermore, Martin told Incognito back in October that he was upset about not playing well and his demotion to right tackle, Schamel said. Martin apparently was also missing team meetings and was concerned that 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," Schamel added. "Rather than deal with his poor on field performance and myriad other issues, Martin is now hiding behind false allegations."

In his interview with NBC Sports this week, Martin stated that he had no "tools" to deal with the bullying he suffered. Schamel disputed that as well, saying that in addition to his wealth, Martin has an agent, an attorney, a union rep and, among other resources, a mother who specializes in labor law.

"Jonathan Martin had more support and love around him than almost any other person in the world," Schamel continued. "He never once indicated he was uncomfortable with the interactions between teammates and friends. Rather, Jonathan Martin was a full participant, who at times led some of the exact same pranks and gags and text and email exchanges he now claims, 'crossed the line.'"

Neither Martin, who is under contract in 2014, nor Incognito, a free agent, is expected back to the team. Wells' report is due out as soon as next week.

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