November 5th, 2013
10:43 AM ET

Do These Voicemails Show Incognito Was A Bully?

The Miami Dolphins have suspended Richie Incognito who's accused of harassing a teammate who later left the team. Now there are some voicemails adding to the mix, CNN's John Zarrella reports.

The NFL is launching an investigation into the Dolphins workplace environment and whether Incognito bullied another player, Jonathan Martin, so badly that Martin left the team.

According to ESPN and,  this is the text of a voice mail sent from Incognito to Martin:

"Hey wassup, you half (blank) piece of (blank). I saw you on Twitter you been training ten weeks. I'll (blank) in your (blank) mouth. I'm gonna slap your real mother across the face. (blank) you, you're still a rookie. I'll kill you."

Former Miami Dolphins player Ricky Williams and former Detroit Lions player Lamar Campbell joined “New Day” to talk hazing and bullying in the NFL in light of the controversy between the recently suspended Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin, both of the Miami Dolphins. Campbell told CNN’s Chris Cuomo that this behavior is unacceptable, while Williams claimed there is a different standard in the NFL.

Williams said, “If you look at the culture of football and you look at one of the greatest legends of football, Vince Lombardi– If you took the way he managed his team… and you put it under the microscope with social media and media coverage right now, he would fit, probably, most people would put him in the category of being a bully. And I guarantee if you took the same criteria for bullying and you followed each NFL team closely, I would say that 35-50% of the coaches would lose their jobs.”

When CNN Anchor Chris Cuomo asked Williams what he would do if he received similar voicemails, Williams responded, “I would send it back and say, ‘shut up you redneck’. And we both would laugh about it.”


Neither Incognito or Martin are with the team and its unclear when or if either will be back.

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  1. Dave

    A bully AND a racist. Yes!

    November 5, 2013 at 5:41 pm | Reply
  2. Marcus Hensley

    I think that Incognito should have not bullied Williams even though he is a rookie

    November 5, 2013 at 4:43 pm | Reply

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