For the past week, Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito has been at the epicenter of a firestorm that involves racial implications, and hazing and bullying allegations from his own teammate, Jonathan Martin, who left the team on Oct. 28.
Martin’s attorney, David Cornwell, released a statement Thursday that alleges that Martin endured harassment that went far beyond the traditional locker-room hazing. Cornwell also stated that, beyond the well-publicized voicemail with its racial epithet, his client “endured a malicious physical attack on him by a teammate, and daily vulgar comments. The facts are not in dispute.”
Incognito responded to the controversy Sunday, in a sit-down interview with FOX Sports that was taped Saturday at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. It is Incognito’s first extended interview since the story broke. The interview first aired on NFL FOX Sunday, but an extended version aired Sunday night on FOX Sports Live.
You can see that extended interview in the video above and read the transcript below.
Commentary by Robert A. Vella: This high-profile incident is yet another example of America’s escalating cultural dysfunction. It showcases many of the ills which are plaguing a nation seemingly unable to cope with the most basic of societal problems – aggression, bullying, race, workplace relations, and the obsession with a win-at-all-costs mentality that has pervaded so many aspects of everyday life from sports to business and especially in politics. To an outside observer, America looks very sick and appears to be getting sicker by the day. From within, such opinions are dismissed as hyperbole. The Romans probably felt as complacent during their internally-caused demise also.