November 11th, 2013
10:38 AM ET

Richie Incognito Speaks: "I Am Not A Racist"

Suspended NFL player Richie Incognito said his alleged bullying of Miami Dolphin teammate Jonathan Martin is misunderstood because "people don't know how Jon and I communicate to one another."

Incognito acknowledged in an interview aired on "Fox NFL Sunday" that he used racist and vulgar language in voice mails and text messages to Martin but said it was "coming from a place of love," CNN's Nischelle Turner reports.

"No matter how bad and how vulgar it sounds, that's how we communicate," he told Fox Sports reporter Jay Glazer. "That's how our friendship was."

"For instance, a week before this went down, Jonathan Martin text me on my phone 'I will murder your whole F-ing family,'" Incognito told Glazer. "Now, do I think Jonathan Martin was going to murder my family? Not one bit."

Martin, 24, left the team last month because of "harassment that went far beyond the traditional locker room hazing," Martin's lawyer said. Days later, the Dolphins suspended Incognito, 30, for conduct detrimental to the team.

After the interview, which was recorded in Los Angeles on Saturday, Incognito let Glazer review his phone text messages with Martin. He counted 1,142 messages exchanged between the two men over the last year, Glazer reported.

NPR Sports Correspondent Mike Pesca and Retired NFL Player Todd Wade weighed in on "New Day" Monday. 

Pesca says all of the excuses Incognito and the Dolphin's have put out, "damns them a little bit more. I think the whole idea of Jonathan Martin seemed like our friend, Johnathan Martin seemed to take it. I mean a guy doesn't snap because the people who are allegedly harassing him think he's about to snap, he snaps because they push him too far." 

Wade, however, said that the way the players have interacted with each other is in line with the rest of NFL culture. 

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  1. ANTHONY S. BARONDESS

    BOO!

    GEOFF CHAUCER writes: "Martin himself says he doesn't blame him. Get a life media."
    November 11, 2013 at 10:54 am | Reply

    Alright! Then blame the CLINICAL "CULTURE"!!

    Sigmund Freud, The "Civilization" Psychiatrist.

    November 11, 2013 at 9:33 pm | Reply
  2. Geoff

    Funny that all of the media is blaming Incognito, but Martin himself says he doesn't blame him. Get a life media.

    November 11, 2013 at 10:54 am | Reply

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