Last Updated on November 7, 2013 by Paulette Brown-Hinds
Richie Incognito, a veteran professional football player for the National Football League’s Miami Dolphins, used some harsh and threatening language toward Jonathan Martin, a rookie on the team that was so bad Martin quit. Some say it was hazing that every rookie goes through. A hazing ritual that evidently includes rookies taking the entire team out to dinner at a cost in the tens of thousands.
I am sure they do other things like playing silly pranks on the new members of the team. However, the question now is did Incognito cross the line of hazing and did management know about what was going on and did nothing about it.
According to investigative reports, ESPN and other news outlets, this is not the first time Incognito has displayed behavior so bad it caused him to be suspended from a team dating back to his college days.
This time Incognito has been suspended from the Dolphins for an undetermined length of time and as for Martin he is out as well.
By now you are probably wondering what was said by Incognito to Martin that would cause Martin to walk away from a multi-million dollar career and lead to Incognito’s suspension.
Incognito left Martin a voicemail:
“Hey wassup, you half N——- piece of s—. I saw you on twitter, you been training 10 weeks. I want to s— in your f—ing mouth. I’m going to slap your f—-ing mouth. I’m going to slap your real mother across the face, then he laughed; f— you, you still a rookie. I’ll kill you.”
They said that this is only what they could or would release at this time but there is more to come. Many are saying that management should have known and put a stop to this. While others are saying the players on the team should have told Incognito to back off and that his hazing had crossed the line of the locker room norm.
I am sure Incognito is one of those guys who would have said if females want to report on football then she must put up with what males say and do.
I recall that is what male employees said when Kaiser Hospital wanted to hire a female biotech engineer in the engineering department and the male department head said if a woman was hired she would have to put up with all sorts of bad language and pictures of nude women on the wall. The hospital administrator responded, “I did not know that is how your department behaved when I am not present.” He went on to say, “let me say this to you, she starts in two weeks and if you cannot clean up your department by then have your resignation on my desk.”
In my opinion these kinds of things happen in our society because people at the top set the tone for what kinds of behavior are acceptable.
I believe, it is more difficult for one who comes from the privileged side of town to regulate their tongue or behavior because they have never had to worry about the consequences of their actions.
In my opinion this incident will force all teams to re-evaluate how rookies are treated in the locker room when they arrive. I believe Incognito crossed the line and thus should not be allowed to play in the National Football League.