Richie Incognito Claims Texts From Jonathan Martin Prove There Was No Bullying
So, the Jonathan Martin-Richie Incognito thing is never going to die, apparently.
A day after NBCSN aired their interview with Martin, Incognito went to Fox News (nice choice, Richie!) and delivered his own haymaker via big-time PR firm Sitrick & Co.
Incognito revealed text messages between the two players to help prove his assertion that not only was Martin not bullied, but that he was in on the shenanigans.
In October, news broke that Martin was the constant source of Incognito's bullying, including a time when Incognito allegedly sent vulgar and racist comments texts to Martin.
Schamel and Incognito's message: Martin gave as good as he got.
"The coarse and unacceptable comments and text messages that were sent to Jonathan Martin were of the same poor taste as those sent by him," Incognito's lawyer Mark Schamel told Fox. "All of these communications were provided to Ted Wells and the NFL investigation. What they show is banter between friends, not bullying."
Among the text messages that Martin sent to Incognito, Schamel says, were threats to send someone to Incognito's home to rape him with sandpaper condoms. Another text said that Martin would ejaculate on Incognito's face, according to Schamel.
Moreover, Schamel claims that Martin didn't come forward with the so-called bullying allegations until November when he was about to lose his starting job.
According to Fox, Incognito handed over hundreds of text messages from Martin to Ted Wells, the independent investigator hired by the NFL to investigate the bullying allegations.
One of those texts, dated December 17, 2012, Martin tells Incognito that "Ima egg your house & light a bag of shit on fire then ring your doorbell."
Incognito responded: "I'm going to shoot you and claim self-defense," adding: "Im white ur black I'll walk."
Another series texts, dated August 31, 2013, Incognito asks Martin go out with him and two female friends for drinks.
"My friend Mary Jane has me glued to the couch," Martin responds.
"Fucking stoner," Incognito replied.
In his interview with NBC, Martin said that the whole situation made him feel trapped.
"I'm a grown man," Martin says in his interview. "I've been in locker rooms. There's vulgar languages in locker rooms. One instance doesn't bother me. It's the persistence of it. I wish I would have had more tools to solve my situation. I felt trapped, like I didn't have a way to make it right," Martin says. "I thought it was best to remove myself from the situation."
Martin has yet to comment on the Fox report.
The good news in all this: This story is far from being over.
The bad news: This story is far from being over.