On its face it is horrible. It is offensive. It sounds racist.
The voice mail Richie Incognito left Jonathan Martin in April is at the center of the public distaste for the Dolphins guard. The transcript indeed paints a picture of a bullying veteran using racial epithets against a younger player and threatening that youngster's life:
"Hey, wassup, you half-n----r piece of (expletive). I saw you on Twitter, you been training 10 weeks. I'll (expletive) in your (expletive) mouth. I'm gonna slap your (expletive) mouth, I'm gonna slap your real mother across the face. (laughter). (Expletive) you, you're still a rookie. I'll kill you."
The voice mail which Martin kept was later played in the Dolphins locker room around a group of players ... And Martin was the one who played it, according to two players. And he joked about it.
"This is the same guy that was laughing about this voice mail at one point in time, first of all," receiver Brian Hartline said of Martin. "Second of all, I believe that if you look through the whole voice mail, there's some things said that you probably shouldn't say in general, friends or not friends. But I know for a fact, that I've said things to my friends that I kind of wish I've never said, either."
There's another thing. According to a source close to Incognito, the transcript of the voice mail is not complete. It omits the last line.
After Incognito went on this apparent diatribe, his voice softens, and matter-of-factly he says, "Ok, call me back."
And ... Martin called him back, the source said.
Does this release Incognito from the racially charged words? No.
Do this add context? Yes.
Daily reminder: We don't know the entire story. Please withhold judgment condemning or condoning either side until we know everything.