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Incognito considered black in Dolphins locker room

One of the most curious aspects of the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin story is how race has become very much a part of it outside the Dolphins locker room -- in the media and among fans and observers -- but not at all so far within the Dolphins locker room.

Think of this:

Richie Incognito left Jonathan Martin a voice mail that, among other things, called Martin a "half-n----r." And Dolphins players of color, knowing of the voicemail, have expressed no problems with Incognito.

"I don't have a problem with Richie," Mike Wallace said. "I love Richie."

"I don't think Richie is a racist," cornerback Brent Grimes said.

"Richie Incognito isn't a racist," tight end Michael Egnew said.

ESPN analyst and former Dolphins wide receiver Cris Carter has know Mike Pouncey since the player's childhood. Today Carter said on air he recently spoke to Mike Pouncey and the center, who is Incognito's friend, addressed race.

"They don't feel as if he's a racist, they don't feel as if he picked on Jonathan repeatedly and bullied him, but if they could do it all over again there would be situations that they might change but they’re very, very comfortable with Richie,” Carter said.

 “They think it’s sad, not only that Jonathan’s not on the football team, but also that Richie is being depicted as a bigot and as a racist.”

How is this possible?

Well, I've spoken to multiple people today about this and the explanation from all of them is that in the Dolphins locker room, Richie Incognito was considered a black guy. He was accepted by the black players. He was an honorary black man.

And Jonathan Martin, who is bi-racial, was not. Indeed, Martin was considered less black than Incognito.

"Richie is honarary," one player who left the Dolphins this offseason told me today. "I don't expect you to understand because you're not black. But being a black guy, being a brother is more than just about skin color. It's about how you carry yourself. How you play. Where you come from. What you've experienced. A lot of things."

Another former Dolphins employee told me Martin is considered "soft" by his teammates and that's a reason he's not readily accepted by some of the players, particularly the black players. His background -- Stanford educated and the son of highly educated people -- was not necessarily seen as a strength or a positive by some players and it perpetuated in the way Martin carried himself.

And so -- agree with it or not, comprehend it or not -- this is a reason the Dolphins haven't turned on Incognito as a racist.

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So as Far as I see it Martin is not a real NiccA if you know what I mean Just a wanna be. Just like Obama!

This situation is so incredibly simple- the Dolphins are a poorly run team with low character losers at every level. The Dolphins are below average team that is confusing an NFL locker room with jail where you have to beat someone's ass to avoid getting raped. It's complete b.s. to say the "weak minded get weeded out" pertaining to Martin. He's a 23-year old kid. The NFL is also a talent business. Hypocrasy doesn't get any worse than the Dolphins situation. What we're saying is that it's better to have character flaws that lead to multiple arrests than it is to have the character flaw of being sensitive to extreme, crossing the line bullying from a teammate with a track record for getting kicked off teams. This league has had plenty of gentle giants who had pro bowl careers, they just didn't have a white trash idiot trying to mentally destroy them so they can look like a hard ass in a locker room full of d-bags who probably view the successful teams in the NFL like the Patriots as sell-outs for encouraging a team first mentality. I've never had less respect for an organization in team sports than this Dolphins team. What sucks is that there are 31 locker rooms in the NFL where this would not have happened. It's too bad Martin got drafted by them. Also, it would be different if the bully was a universally respected player. Anyone who is backing Incognito is trying way too hard to look like a hard ass. The real hard asses are busy winning NFL games.


of all the articles i've read on this subject, and there's
been a lot of them, this one is hands down the most
ignorant reporting of them all

Incognito white idiot = honorary black
Martin well educated black guy from stanford = Not black Are you kidding me?

The leadership of the Dolphins is retarded.

Those who call Richie Incognito black are racist against blacks, even if they're blacks themselves, in which case they also dishonor their own race. And the cowardly unnamed black player who said that Martin is only an "honorary" black does the same thing. If being black is only about "how you carry yourself. How you play. Where you come from. What you've experienced." then what exactly are you saying about your own race? And about the white race? Get out of your bubble of privilege, grow up, and face the truth. The world has changed, for the better, and football is finally going to have to change, or die.

Dolphins suck ass so who cares?

It's unfortunate that African Americans harbor hatred for black bi-racial individuals. Black bi-racial people, black latino, and other brown people mixed with black but lack full African ancestry features are often despised by African Americans. Black bi-racial people are expected to disavow themselves and act in a degraded nature to be accepted by African Americans. If you refuse to act in that manner, they will gossip and instigate a rebellion against you.

It appears to have happen to Martin. Doubt if Martin was a wimp. They could not physically beat him individually and he was not willing to be someone else to appease the black players. Therefore, they used incognito to harass this guy and rewarded him with acceptance and popularity. The management probably knew about the gossip and petty behavior, but it has become un-American to protest crude behavior of African Americans.

Thanks Dolphins. Your mindless squad of goons and management has provided me the strength to move on from caring about this organization for the foreseeable future. OK OK . . . truth is I no longer want to look at Ryan Tannehill's face.

J.Martin did more for this organization in the past decade by exposing these meat heads i.e. R.Tannerhill, Incognito, etc. for the selfish jerks they really are. I say we start from scratch and set an example for team standards for our youth in society. Id be this teams biggest supporter!!

Who are these cowardly, anonymous dumbasses who are trying to claim some objective notion on who's "black enough" or a "real n*gg*" ???! Probably a bunch of idiotic white dudes. And as for the buffoon who said "Martin = Obama".... This idiot clearly suffers from ODS (Obama Derangement Syndrome)- Google it!

In America, Lil Wayne, Colin Powell, Obama, Ice Cube, Sidney Poitier, Lenny Kravitz, Spike Lee, Mike Tyson, Lebron, and Steve Urkel are ALL BLACK MEN !!! There's no f'n rating sytem on who's "BLACKER" or "BLACKEST". Ignorant racist stereotyping. Typical, cowardly, troll-ish, "comments section" garbage.

This video is just another example of how a white man has exercised dominance over the black man. I feel sorry for the African Americans who have allowed an individual's white superiority to yet again reign supreme. There is no way I would allow any other person of another ethnicity to use a derogatory term in my presence; they've not earned the right to use it even if just a few have allowed it because it's not able to be earned. I applaud Martin's stance and response because there is no way he or anyone else could have done what others claim he should've done which is to deal with it in doors. You can't reason with ignorance. You can't change a culture that has empowered a white man to dominate much like a plantation owner. Escape is the only means and I certainly don't believe for one second this happens in every locker room. I hope Martin lands on a new team and that Dolphins crumble and burn for the rest of the season. It's time to clean house.

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