Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito (68) duirng the 2013 Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium. The NFC defeated the AFC 62-35. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Richie Incognito calls out Adam Schefter

ESPN NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter reported yesterday that sources stated that the NFLPA was investigating whether or not Richie Incognito was involved in any bullying that could have led to Miami Dolphins second-year tackle Jonathan Martin leaving the team. Martin didn’t seem to harbor any ill-will towards his teammates or Incognito, based on a text message he sent to Incognito.

The report from Schefter and Mortensen that Incognito was under investigation for potential bullying in the prank-gone-wrong has since been refuted. Not only did the NFL Network’s Jeff Darlington (link above) obtain information that explicitly stated that the NFLPA have not launched an investigation on Incognito. Martin has been dealing with issues in his own life, and told Incognito in the aforementioned tweet that he blames the “culture around football” and not the Dolphins players themselves.

Needless to say, Incognito is none to pleased with Schefter (interesting that he didn’t send any angry tweets to Mort) for what seems to be an erroneous report (and yes, even Schefter can be wrong sometimes). Below are a collection of tweets from Incognito directed at Schefter. The first tweet provided isn’t actually sent to Schefter, but it prefaced what was to come.

 

 

 

 

 

Wow. It’s difficult to know what to make of all of this, but the Dolphins released a statement earlier this morning (Incognito also tweeted this) that there is no investigation regarding Incognito or any other player on the Dolphins. As a matter of fact, the Dolphins announced that neither Jonathan Martin nor anyone else on the team has brought forward the question of bullying, which raises questions regarding the sources found in the ESPN report. Did they have an ax to grind with Incognito? The information seems false at this point, so why were they wrong?

In the ESPN report, they did make sure to mention one source (they termed this source as a high-ranking official within the organization) was perplexed as to why Incognito’s name was thrown around and dubbed him as a “model citizen”. It’s all very interesting, but two things remain clear. (1) Richie Incognito doesn’t like Adam Schefter and (2) we can only hope that Jonathan Martin can get past his issues; he’s clearly dealing with a lot of stress in life.

At this point, it’s safe to throw out the ESPN report until further notice; it’s been refuted by both the NFL Network (Darlington is as well-connected with the Dolphins organization as anyone in the business) and the Miami Dolphins organization.

Update: I think it’s safe to say that Incognito is a dupe-artist, a complete tool, and somebody who will hopefully never have a job in this league going forward. He’s a bully in every sense of the word, tried to fool us all, and sent some of the most profane and vulgar texts and messages to Jonathan Martin. He’s a horrible person, a dirty player, and somebody who tried to assassinate one of the best journalists around. I have no respect for Incognito, and you shouldn’t respect this bully and loudmouth either. He has no credibility, and he tried as hard as possible to use fear to fool us, bully an innocent man for no reason, force an innocent man to pay $15,000 (among other things), do other awful things, and there is simply no place on the league for that. It seems like some people have enabled Incognito to carry on in this manner, and I wonder if “sources” (maybe even in the ‘Fins organization) are planting info in favor of Incognito. Because as it stands now, reports by Schefter, Mort, and La Canfora were 100% accurate.

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