From Greg Cote's column Tuesday about the Miami Dolphins, locker-room bullying, guard Richie Incognito (the accused bully) and tackle Jonathan Martin, the apparent victim:
Sometimes we ponder how NFL teams or sports in general might accept openly gay players. What’s been going on with the Dolphins does not encourage a very favorable answer.
Cote also writes about players' "resistance" to change:
I heard it Monday in the locker room of the team’s Davie headquarters. I heard support for Incognito. I did not much sympathy for Martin. I heard a lot of defending of the football and locker room culture – a mind-set that says the bully wasn’t wrong, the victim was just weak.
“I don’t feel like any hazing or anything like that was going on,” receiver Mike Wallace said. “It’s normal in football. People doing what they do on a normal basis. I don’t feel like anybody was being bullied or hazed. It’s what football teams do, like playing with your brothers. It’s just part of the game of football.”
On Incognito: “I don’t feel like he was out of hand,” Wallace said. “I wish he was here right now.”
Not exactly a surprise.
Days after Wallace joined the Dolphins last April, he got himself into hot water sending a tweet about gay NBA center Jason Collins:
"All these beautiful women in the world and guys wanna mess with other guys SMH..."
Wallace quickly deleted the tweet and posted:
"Never said anything was right or wrong I just said I don't understand!! Deeply sorry for anyone that I offended"
The Dolphins immediately announced that Wallace's Twitter comment about homosexuality doesn't reflect the team's views:
“Mike Wallace has apologized for his comments, and we have addressed the matter with him. Mike’s comments do not reflect the views of the Miami Dolphins. We believe in a culture of inclusiveness and respect, and any statements to the contrary are in no way acceptable to our organization. We will address the entire team about our policy of inclusion and make sure they all understand the importance of respecting individual choices.”
Some players weren't listening.