Miami Dolphins Richie Incognito Denies Being Racist In New Interview
Miami Dolphins lineman Richie Incognito has given his first interview since being accused of sending racist voicemails to teammate Jonathan Martin, saying he regretted his choice of words but denying that he was a racist. The NFL player said that his words were taken out of context, given his relationship with Martin and the way they communicated. In the voicemail, Incognito referred to the biracial Martin as a “half-ni**er” and said he would hunt down his family.
Incognito said he was “not a racist” and said the N-word was something “we use all the time” in the locker room. He acknowledged using the word was not acceptable, but said “to judge me by that one word is wrong.” He also said that he regularly communicated with Martin via text message in an extreme manner.
“When the words are put out of context, I understand why a lot of eyebrows are raised. What people don’t know is how Jon and I communicate to one another,” said Incognito in an interview with Fox Sports. “A week before this went down, Jonathan Martin texted me, ‘I will murder your whole f*cking family.’ Now did I think Jonathan Martin was going to murder my family? Not one bit.”
Martin left the Miami Dolphins after a prank pulled on him by several other teammates. He is currently on the injury list with an “illness,” but it’s unclear when or if he will return to the team. The broadcast also showed a text message that he sent to Incognito after he left the team. “Yeah I’m good man,” he wrote. “It’s insane bro but just know I don’t blame you guys at all it’s just the culture around football and the locker room got to me a little.”
Incognito did not address a video of him using the N-word that went viral last week. The video was shot at a pool hall in Florida and features a shirtless Incognito yelling, “Mike Pouncey, ni**a,” referring to one of his teammates.