The attorney for Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito fired back at Jonathan Martin on Thursday, saying Martin's comments and texts to Incognito were just as vulgar as the ones sent to him. "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," attorney Mark Schamel said. "All of these communications were provided to Ted Wells and the NFL investigation. What they show is banter between friends, not bullying." Schamel alleges that Martin sent text messages to Incognito which "included threats to send someone over to Richie Incognito's home with a 'tranquilizer gun and sandpaper condoms' to homosexually rape him" and "another that said he would 'kill [Richies's] whole family.'" "Richie Incognito has owned his inappropriate comments, despite the fact that they were made in jest, and it is time for Jonathan Martin to do the same," Schamel said. The attorney claims that Martin didn't raise accusations of bullying until his performance on the field had suffered to a point where his spot on the roster might be in jeopardy and he had already left the team in October. According to Schamel, Martin had confided to Incognito his own concerns "that he was not playing well, about how upset he was at being ranked by Pro Football Focus as among the worst linemen in the NFL, about his poor performance on the field, his demotion to right tackle and how he was concerned about what the outcome might be for his missing team meetings and, about how he felt his job was at risk." "Rather than deal with his poor on-field performance and myriad other issues, Martin is now hiding behind false allegations. The result undermines the real problems of bullying and demeans what is a very real problem for many young people," Schamel said.
Incognito's rep: Martin's texts just as vulgar
ESPN | Jan 30