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Miami Herald: Incognito Was Considered Black In Dolphins Locker Room

More fun sociology news from the Dolphins’ locker room today, involving our favorite schoolyard bully, Richie Incognito, and of course Jonathan Martin, the pre-Spider-Man Peter Parker of our saga. In his Dolphins Blog today in the Miami Herald, Armando Salguero quoted several Dolphins’ players who say they have no problem with Incognito, and are backing him in this controversy. But the weirdest thing was this: many Dolphins’ black players considered Incognito black, apparently.

“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.”

Yep, in the Dolphins’ locker room, apparently, Incognito was considered more black than Martin. Martin was considered “soft” by many of the players, a reputation earned not only by his play, but due to his background — his parents are well-to-do, his mom is an attorney, he attended Stanford, etc. That was a big deal, at least in Miami, according to the Herald.

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.

Martin’s case is a sad one, mostly because Martin just wants to play football and be free of all this locker room politics and nonsense. But there’s no doubt in many corners, among them some Dolphins’ fans, that Incognito is a “victim” and Martin is a “coward”. Just look at the Herald’s comments section. People calling Incognito “Cogs”, and generally bashing Martin for being weak. It’s enough to make you sick.

I have to admit that this ongoing peek into NFL locker room sociology is kind of fascinating, though.

  • Anonymous

    All cultures must be respected Rick, we have been taught this for several decades now, you would think you’d have a little more compassion for a culture that you have no experience in. Who is anyone to make character judgments from an outside perspective. You need to brush up on predominant American sociological thought.

    What really did Incognito do that was wrong so long that his teammates supported it? Don’t be a bigot; tolerate cultures which you do not understand or endorse, it is the path to enlightenment.

    Getting judgey makes you sound like a conservative or an evangelical. Let it ride man, it’s not you that is getting psych treatment so keep walking bro… Moral relativism is now and it is the future, get on the bus, if the zombie mob will let you.

  • Anonymous

    JM is smart. 5th generation the graduated from Stanford….with a degree in ancient history,…etc…..Yeah he is “different”

  • edan

    How quickly we forget. It was last years draft, and Fans were SCREAMING at the top of their lungs, when that worst of all GM’s, Ireland moved up and drafted a defensive end, who was coming off of an injury and surgery. They wanted the LEFT Offensive Tackle position addressed. EVERYONE said MARTIN is soft. Not strong, no punch at the Line, and too slow. Finaly that worst of all GM’s Jeff Ireland went out and traded for a Left Tackle. Martin decided to crybaby racism and bullying, blame the only player that stood up for him, and take his ball and go home. He wasn’t starting anymore, anyway. Might as well see if he can sue and not have to play the big boys game anymore. His mommy is a lawyer, afterall. Crybaby!!!!!

  • edan


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