Richie Incognito seemed to be in a good mood when he greeted the day about an hour ago -- he's on the West Coast so maybe he slept in. He said on his twitter account, "What's up twitter!!! Happy Hump Day!!!"
And then Incognito went on a rant that will likely be deleted from the account soon but, alas, too late for it to have caught the notice of media and people following him.
It began with a jab at Jonathan Martin that, arguably, is true:
"Dear Jon Martin..... The truth is going to bury you and your entire "camp". You could have told the truth the entire time."
Then this that brought Kenny Zuckerman, one of Martin's agents, into the mix:
"Jon Martin---you started all of this when Kenny Zuckerman released the VM to ESPN. The same VM we joked about with @brianhartline"
Then Incognito went after Zuckerman full tilt:
"Kenny Zuckerman from Priority Sports.... What do you have to say for your actions? Why did you release the VM. What was your goal ?"
Then Incognito presented his defense:
"I'm guilty of being a loyal friend and good teammate. I apologize for my poor language and rude remarks. I've never denied it."
Then Incognito turned his sights back on Martin while sending a message to NFL Network reporter Albert Breer:
"the truth will set me free. I can't say the same about Jon Martin. The truth is what he's hiding from."
And then came the bombshell allegation that may cause Incognito some problems unless they are proveable:
"FACT: Jonathan Martin told me he thought about taking his own life in MAY 2013 b/c he wasn't playing well. Told me he felt worthless."
The tweet that followed was Incognito shutting it down and encouraging media to call his lawyer.
But the deed was done.
And here's the thing: Incognito obviously has stuff he wants to get off his chest. All the previous well-wishing tweets toward Martin lose any meaning in light of this rant. Today's tweets give the previous tweets the feel of public relations work.
The problem for Incognito is his timing couldn't be worse. He must realize that the Ted Wells report is dropping soon. He must realize that he has basically grinned and beared it for nearly four months and he's near the end, near the finish line to his nightmare.
And he will soon be able to return to his career if he just keeps cool. But saying his former -- think that's a fair adjective -- friend pondered suicide because he wasn't playing well is probably not the direction a club would want him to go. And, by the way, is it true?
Why would Martin feel bad about how he's playing in May?
The 2012 season had been over for five months. The tough start to his career finally hit him then?
Today's outburst and allegations make Incognito seem angry (which he may have a right to be, but is the wrong message to send a potential employer.)
The point is Richie Incognito probably feels better about showing his feelings. But it probably wasn't wise.