Suspended Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito claims he also received threatening text messages from former teammate Jonathan Martin, and that they often spoke vulgarly.
Mr Incognito told Fox ‘NFL Sunday’ that he and his fellow offensive lineman often spoke in such a threatening manner, that it was all just good-natured joking. He also showed a message sent from Mr Martin threatening to ‘kill your whole f****g family.’
‘Before this all went down, Jonathan Martin texted me on my phone ‘I will murder your whole effing family,’ Mr Incognito recalled. That was one of 1,142 text messages exchanged between the two men, Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reported.
‘I knew it was coming from a friend, from a teammate, that just puts a context on [the words].’
The offensive lineman said that was an example of the language also used by Mr Martin as proof of the context of the aggressive language use among teammates.
Fox Sports reporter Jay Glazer uncovered 1,142 texts exchanged between the former teammates over the past year, many of them too vulgar to share on-air.
Mr Incognito said that he’s embarrassed the message was made public, but also explained that he and fellow offensive linemen speak vulgarly to each other a on a regular basis.
‘What I want people to know is, the way Jonathan and the rest of the offensive line and how our teammates how we communicate, it’s vulgar.’
‘When the words are put in the context, I understand why a lot of eyebrows get raised, but people don’t know how Jon and I communicate to one another,’ he added.
The accused bully claimed during the interview that Mr Martin spoke with him via text only days after leaving the team on a Monday. The team had won that Thursday, the two men spoke the next day,
‘Wassup man? The world’s gotten crazy LOL I’m good tho congrats on the win,’ Mr Martin texted his accused tormenter.