Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito has reached his breaking point as he impatiently awaits the outcome of the NFL's independent investigation of his alleged bullying of teammate Jonathan Martin.
When asked by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel if he's ready for Ted Wells to submit and publish his report on the Dolphins' locker room culture, which allegedly motivated Martin to quit the team last October, and made Incognito the face of bullying in America, Incognito used Twitter to vent.
"They don't tell me anything. It's just my entire life hanging in the balance. No rush," Incognito wrote on his twitter account. "This should have been over before it even started. False allegations and lies have kept this going."
Incognito, who more than a week ago expressed his support of Martin, changed his tune with his comments on Twitter.
"FACT: Jonathan Martin told me he thought about taking his own life in MAY 2013 (because) he wasn't playing well," Incognito said on Twitter. "Told me he felt worthless."
Martin was unavailable to comment at these latest accusations.
Evan Katz, an Atlanta therapist and author of the book, "Inside the Mind of an Angry Man", claims Incognito is on the offensive, trying to portray himself as the victim. Katz claims this is a deflective mechanism many people exhibit.
"He can't handle the fact he's being seen as a bully, or is not winning," Katz said. "Bullies in any capacity, while they act dominant and more controlling, what I've learned is it's a direct correlation to them feeling powerless and out of control.
"He needs validation from the outside. In his mind he's doing the best he can. He's always been doing the best he can, but what he has is a distorted perception."
Incognito claimed Martin's agent, Kenny Zuckerman, threw him under the bus, using Incognito's behavior as the reason why Martin left team following a locker room prank that was played on him the Monday after Miami's 27-17 road loss to the New England Patriots, a game in which Martin struggled.
Incognito alleges that the workplace harassment claims came from Zuckerman, who was trying to protect Martin's signing bonus, which the Dolphins could still pursue if the 2012 second-round pick doesn't return to the team.
Martin missed the final nine games of the season. He was eventually placed on injured reserve after spending a month on the active roster. Incognito, the Dolphins' starting left tackle since 2010, missed the final eight games of 2013 because of an NFL suspension he agreed to. Incognito did receive six of his eight paychecks during his absence after agreeing to not fight his suspension through the NFLPA.
"I'm ready to move on with my life and career. I've been dragged through the mud for months by my 'best friend,'" Incognito wrote. "Dear (Jonathan) Martin..... The truth is going to bury you and your entire 'camp'. You could have told the truth the entire time.
"You started all of this when Kenny Zuckerman released the (voice-mail) to ESPN. The same (voice-mail) we joked about with (Dolphins receiver Brian Hartline)."
Incognito is referring to a racially insensitive voice-mail Incognito left Martin in April, which featured him using a racial epitaph to describe Martin, and included Incognito making threats to Martin's family.
Hartline has acknowledged that Martin played the voice-mail as a joke directed at Incognito inside the Dolphins' locker room.
Incognito and his camp claim he and Martin were friends, admitted that they routinely talked to each other using vile and inappropriate language. They have released more than 1,000 text messages the pair shared to back up those claims.
"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," Incognito tweeted. "I apologize to all of the women out there that I offended with my text messages to my close personal friend.
Incognito is a free agent searching for a new team. Martin will either traded or released by the Dolphins this offseason.
The NFL's independent investigation will be submitted to the league in the coming days. Dolphins owner Steve Ross has spoken to Wells about the report and doesn't seem too concerned about what will be in it. Earlier this month Ross praised his organization for how it handled the media-driven crisis, which sideswiped Miami's 8-8 season.
Ross supports Sam
Dolphins owner Steve Ross said issued a statement Wednesday saying his team would welcome Michael Sam, the Missouri All-American defensive end who could become the NFL's first openly gay player this season.
"Michael Sam's announcement is a significant step in sports and I respect the choice that he made publicly," the statement said.
"His announcement will have no bearing either way on our evaluation of him as a player. (General manager) Dennis Hickey, (coach) Joe Philbin and I all agree on the same thing; we'll draft the best players that can help us win football games, have high character and contribute to the community. If he is a member of our organization, Michael will be welcomed here with open arms as part of our family."
Staff writer Chris Perkins contributed to this story.
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