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Incognito: Racism, bad words 'what I regret most'

There's a saying that any man who serves as his own lawyer has a dummy as a client. Well, here's a new corollary to that and it's, if you're suspended from your $235,000 a week job because you are being accused of racism and the NFL is investigating you, it's probably not a great idea to go on national television.

Yet that is what Richie Incognito is doing today. He taped an interview with FOX on Saturday and portions of it will be aired starting at noon on the FOX pregame show.

And in that interview, Incognito admits he used racial epithets with teammate Jonathan Martin. And he tried to excuse himself for doing that in his best social scientist approach possible by saying that's just the way things are in the Dolphins locker room.

"All this stuff coming out, it speaks to the culture of our locker room, it speaks to the culture of our closeness, it speaks to the culture of our brotherhood," Incognito says in the interview.

"And the racism, the bad words," here it comes, "that's what I regret most, but that's a product of the environment and that's what we use all the time."

[Update: Incognito tells FOX he and Martin just communicated differently. He said the week before Martin left the team, the tackle left him a text message that read in part, "I will murder your whole (expletive) famil." "Now, did I believe Jonathan Martin was going to murder my entire family? No," Incognito said.]

The sound you hear is Incognito's career going down the tubes.

One way Incognito could emerge from this NFL investigation with a light sentence, so to speak, is if he can show that he was compelled to treat Martin as he did. In other words, if he was acting under orders. He declined to address that topic in the interview. Another way he can get off easier is if he can show that his employer knew of the treatment and did nothing, thus tacitly approving of his behavior.

But if Incognito's logic for calling his teammate a "half-n----r" as he did in that infamous voice message is that it's just the culture and the brotherhood and an alternate approach to communicating, then the roof is going to drop on him.

In a preview of the interview released by FOX, Incognito says of the scandal: "This isn't an issue about bullying. This is an issue about my and Jon's relationship."

Wonder if Martin would agree?

Incognito says what we already know when he encourages people to ask teammates who they believed had Martin's back most. "They'll undoubtedly tell you me," he said.

I've been told Incognito in the interview claimed he and Martin where friends. He expresses concern for his former teammate, particularly his health. Incognito talks of being surprised by the Dolphins suspending him.

Will there be a bombshell? I doubt it.

But tune in anyway.

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A few days back Armando advised that we not jump to conclusions and patiently wait for the facts to come out.

Well since then he has taken every opportunity to present Coggy in a bad light. Why?

Jealousy. Armando is a strict bible thumper, and as much as he admires and fantasizes about those cute girls on the beach, he knows that unlike Coggy, he can never have one or even go to a strip club and take one of those fine young things into the private room.

Armando is anti-anyone who doesn't follow his footsteps in the fantasy religions created tens of thousands of years after human civilization began.

yeah..How about that 4th round RB with the second highest YPC in the league?? That 4.8 is awfully impressive considering where he started the year.

Had to get that out of my system

Oh yeah truth that was freakin stellar you do realize there is 7 rounds in the draft don't you

We cannot support this ginger hitler any more he's a bad guy , plus he sucks

We should all wear red hitler mustaches to to games ban the ginger hitler

Oscar would you support this movement

Who cares if armando is religious??? That's totally pointless and he is going to hell anyway...the fahgut can think and try to convince himself but he will burn in hell. He is a parasite of society. Contributes nothing. First one in the fire.

Marc...yeah Vernon was a terrible pick and Tannehill was bad and even Egnew too.

You are sounding awfully trollish these days Marc.

The NFL should send it's players to finishing school in England. Make them play the game like good gentlemen.

Wow

Sorry I'm really pissed ,truth is we do have some very good players

I just want this mess we call the dolphins to be corrected asap

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rothlisberger playing.....

hello!!!!

richie incognito will be gone from dolphins in a few more weeks....officially...if not sooner.

Jonathan Martin will not be playing football no mo.

Cogs is a loyal soldier. He could've thrown the entire organization under the bus, but chose not to. Martin on the other hand did exactly the opposite, I must admit I am more concerned about his agenda more so than Cogs.

This has become a battle over the NFL culture, not about bullying. Cogs in his own right should have been removed from the league years ago. He is simply a guy that will cost you games and embarrassment on the the field if not held in check. Removing the leadership from that locker room was the biggest mistake the management could have made and for the most part that action created this entire situation.

Cogs is a lose cannon, always has been and always will be. He should have never been left to roam the locker room unopposed and never should have been put in the position of a leader. That is the fault of the front office and coaching staff. Cogs will never blame his actions on the coaching staff or the front office. He is willing to admit he shouldn't have said the things he did. Cogs is a product of the culture and admitted so. He has other underlying issues that were affected by that culture, it was allowed to fester and proliferate in that environment.

I have a gut feeling we are all being played. This was my feeling just shortly after Martins exodus from the team and I haven't seen or heard anything lately that has changed my opinion one bit.

MONDO, Is it necessary, to continue, to pile on Incognito day after day with out a shred of evidence? MONDO, are you working for Martins attorney?
One more thing, MOndo, are you aware of a Monday game involving the Dolphins?

Oh and by the way Mando, nice try, but I am not biting. I think it would be prudent of you to focus your hatred toward this team in a more productive manner. Try focusing on the front office and coaching staff for their part in this entire situation, that would be more of a story than simply dumping on Cogs day in and day out. He has already been labeled the scapegoat and his career is more than likely finished, so now it is time to take everyone who was involved to task.

If any of you sociologist and academia walkers are in shock by Incognito comments. I encourage you to take a field trip to a Fire House.

AR-15..Mando is not concerned about the game tomorrow night. I am sure it would make his day if we get blown out by the lowly Bucs, but I am afraid he is in for one hell of an awakening. This team will rally together and come out snorting fire and I feel for those players on the other side of the line of scrimmage. I am sure there will be comments made in the trenches and that will only make matters worse.

I pity the Bucs, they are going to get ran over by a team who has nothing else to lose and everything to gain.

"And the racism, the bad words," here it comes, "that's what I regret most, but that's a product of the environment and that's what we use all the time."

THIS WILL FRY THE FO

As pointed out by an earlier poster many black men use the n word with frequency. As I read a quote earlier in the week from one of the offensive linemen "Incognito was considered an honorary black man" in that locker room. Not saying it's right but might help explain why RI used it so much.

And on a macro scale why is it ok for black people to use the n word and not white people. Doesn't that fly directly in the face of equality? Let's either everyone stop using it or everyone admit that words can't hurt us.

Ryan TannePuke = Another Ireland Bust

I RAN A TRAIN ON ARMANDOS SISTER.

YOU ARE AN EMBARRASSMENT TO CUBAN AMERICANS EVERYWHERE.

LAWSUIT...Cogs is speaking of the culture of the locker room environment in general, not necessarily our locker room. Does it make it right ? Of course not, but he is being very truthful about the culture of the NFL. Men with his personality type thrive in that kind of environment and without checks and balances this situation that has arisen is an example of what can happen when it is left to fester and thrive.

Chris::

Unfortunately, it's not the word that you use. If you walk into the ghetto and say "yo, what's up my ___" they're going to probably kill you. Not because you meant it in a racist way but because you don't belong. Just like if someone in the ghetto came into a country club and said "hi, how are you the eloquent evening". They probably wouldn't kill him but they would certainly get him out of there. In essence, it's not our place, we don't belong.

Armando is the best Dolphin writer on the planet. Great insight and timely articles. Dont be surprised if ESPN or Yahoo sports comes offering him a better position very soon. In the meantime we should appreciate his great journalism while we have him. Armando, keep up the great articles.

And the abusers come out from under their slime covered rocks to defend another abuser incognito style... easy to throw stones when no one knows its you doing the throwing scum bags. The bottom line: when a white guys abuses a black girl with a golf club, he gets a pass and a cover up, if a black guy had abused a white girl on that golf course you would all have your pitchforks and ropes out. Hypocritical, scum bag, abusers, the lot of you. Go back under your slimy rocks.

Armando, while most of the general public have been shocked to hear about the Incognito-Martin interchanges, what has surprised me most in this whole saga is the (what seems to be) sincere surprise, shock and amazement expressed by sports writers, analysts and broadcasters.

Even you- how did you not understand initially that Incognito would be appreciated more by his teammates than Martin? How could you really think that Incognito would make good on his "threat" to kill Martin?

I can understand a national news correspondent, an academic or even a soccer mom taking a literal view of the situation. They mostly lack the knowledge to put this whole thing into perspective. But I sure can't understand how or why you guys have been so disturbed by this.

Posted by: CadillacDeVille | November 10, 2013 at 09:58 AM

Why you little half-beyotch.
Someone needs to slap you and make your mother say ouch.

Every day Incognito proves he is far more of an idiot than we thought.

You are sounding awfully trollish these days Marc.
Posted by: TruthhurTs | November 10, 2013 at 09:06 AM

Canadians should stick to ice fishing or hockey. You know nothing about Miami football.

The Dullfins have turned all their homers into trolls. Thats how bad they stink.

"I wonder....if the team was 7-1 and not 4-4, how many of you would have different attitudes about what should be done.
"

People wouldnt. Its why the first thing peiople sa is " this wouldnt happens in Pitt, or Ne or Denver."

Of coruse it wouldnt, the media wouldnt dream of locking themselves out of playoff interviews. The phins are just too easy to pile on and get away with it.

Shula 73...Cogs knows which side of his bread is buttered and by whom. He will continue to make a fool of himself for the greater cause. Shame does not guarantee remorse. I am sure he rolls his eyes every time he is accused of being a bigot. I really do think he feels he was betrayed by a fellow team mate. He will surely take the blame for his own actions, move on, and leave the organization to fend for themselves in regards to this scandal.

Posted by: JJ | November 10, 2013 at 10:26 AM

JJ = Jets Jackoff.

The "story" continues to prove to be nothing more than BS. One player, Martin, who cannot handle playing in the NFL, quits. But unlike the myriad of players before him who couldn't cut it, he doesn't go quietly. This is about Martin who couldn't handle the game nor the culture. Not about the Dolphins who are representative of other NFL teams. Not about Incognito, who may be "worse" than most but it also representative of NFL players (within their teams). The only real issue I have with this saga, aside from Martin, is Incognitos behavior with the golf course monitor gal. As far as Martin goes, not only is he not NFL tough, he isn't man enough to face up to that fact himself and had to take another player/players, the Dolphins and the NFL with him.

"nothing good can come out of that for you.

"


Um.... What good comes from throwing your WHOLE team under the bus mid season just as you were demoted... again?!

Tuche @ corners.

corners,

The Dolphins are a very secretive team. They basically hate the fans and media throughout the franchise. Ross, Ireland, and Philbin say nothing on the rare occassions when they do speak. Ireland hasnt said ANYTHING. Ross said the team would be more transparent but that hasnt happened. Maybe their total incompetence prevents them from talking about ALL THEIR MISTAKES.

Look for Martin to get A HUGE paycheck Ala Lawsuit not only from the Fins But I'am sure from the NFL for not policing there team, I'am going on record here to say It'll be about 30 Million, Chances are the NFL will settle out of court because as you know Mr. Martin being the product of not one but 2 Harvard law grads and know how "PC" this country is the NFL would reather settle then letting there dirty laundry out there........

Football is an emotional sport. I don't need Jason to scare the hell out of me. He doesn't touch Ray Lewis who make make grown men pee before any game.
The teams are mean and nasty and there isn't one guy on either side of the ball that has not used that dark word or said he wasn't going to kill someone else. That is the game.

What is worse for Dolphins success? Incognito and Martin in a slapping fest or the loss of Dustin Keller in a preseason game by a dirty low life who purposely targeted his knee? Which hit or hurt deserves more attention?

Because for me, I am at a lose at what I am reading here. Cogs is a bad guy and/or Martin can't handle stuff? Or do we expect these animals to stop acting crazy on Monday morning and pick it up at game time next Sunday?

Obviously Martin had no idea the Dolphin lockeroom was rampant with racism, extortion, death threats, and discrimination. What new player would?

"One thing makes all this go away.

As Charlie says, 'WINNING'.

Posted by: Marco"

Truer words have never been spoken. We need a win STREAK

The organization took a chance on signing Cogs with all of his baggage and it backfired. No leadership to speak of in that locker room to keep Cogs in check on or off of the field. Not one of you can convince me that everyone on this squad was intimidated by this man...they loved his playful riding the razors edge mentality even when he admittedly went to far with his mentoring of Martin, if that is what you want to call it.

The ultimate blame falls squarely on the organization from the personnel department on down to the conditioning coaches and we all know who they are.

Obviously Martin had no idea the Dolphin lockeroom was rampant with racism, extortion, death threats, and discrimination. What new player would?
Posted by: Shula 73 | November 10, 2013 at 10:41 AM

FAILURE TO SUPERVISE. BIG LAWSUIT.

Armando, you are really a piece of work. it is so obvious you're just upset that Richie didn't give you an exclusive interview. You have murderers and rapists and DUI offenders as football players, currently playing. Is this really the worst thing going on in the NFL?

Its a shame Martins career has to be ruined by one bad apple.

Hahahahaha. This gets more interesting every day. Incognito is trash and a goof ball. I would never want a player like him on my team. Give me some geeky smart Stanford kids :) The one thing that bothers me the most is that not ONE single teammate stood up to this guy. Not one! U think someone would have been offended by the N bombs. Or someone would at least act like a human being and defend Martin. I'm starting to dislike the whole team. Mediocrity is what the Miami dolphins do best. Sad franchise with an even sadder group of "leaders"

I look for Martin to get nothing unless someone is just looking to save face and wants to put and end to it. Who does he has as witnesses on the team if no one is supporting him and hows that going to look in court if Hartline says yeah the text we all laughed about it.

Understand ALL they are trying to do is sway enough people to create a negative perception so the the NFL, the Phins or Richie will give them a payoff. It's all about money...always was.

When The Herald asked Shula what he wanted most for the Dolphins, he didn't mention wins or Super Bowls.

"Just to get back that credibility," he said.

Spoken like a true leader of men, nuff said.

Posted by: TruthhurTs | November 10, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Clueless canadian

Marc where would you ever get the idea I was Canadian? LOL..that's all bad takes too man upset or not. Like I said trollish these days.

I hope cheapskate Ross loses 100 mill in the lawsuit. He sux as an owner. He and Ireland have totally destroyed our once proud franchise.

Cogs is no more racist than anyone else. this is the USA 2013. we as a society are way past this crap, its all media BS. we as a society embrace our diversity, we appreciate what we all bring to the table. this conversation is old. Cogs is screwed over in the media by someone he treated like a brother, its not right.

Piss on all the bleeding hearts. It's lawyers and namby pamby wimp holes that have destroyed what little there is left of our beloved Miami Dolphins.

Sick and tired of all the "victims". Be a victor instead.

Marc..Were you leading us to believe Americans know more about football than Canadians? Was that a slur against the whole country of Canada like their dumb or something? WOW.

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