Richie Incognito is not going quietly.
The former Dolphins offensive lineman, embroiled in a raging
controversy over his treatment of and abusive behavior toward
then-teammate and fellow lineman Jonathan Martin, broke what had been
nearly three months of relative silence Wednesday with a series of
blistering tweets, most notably revealing Martin had contemplated
suicide before their supposed friendship unraveled.
Incognito ranted about being “railroaded” and blamed a Martin
representative for releasing a voicemail in which Incognito directed
racial and sexual language at Martin, saying they had laughed about the
scandalous message with teammate Brian Hartline.
“Dear Jon Martin….. The truth is going to bury you and your entire
‘camp,’ ” Incognito wrote. “You could have told the truth the entire
Martin walked out on the Dolphins in late October, seeking help for
mental health issues brought on by Incognito’s alleged harsh treatment.
The Dolphins suspended Incognito for conduct detrimental to the team.
Miami recently lifted the suspension and Incognito is set to become an
unrestricted free agent on March 11.
“I’m ready to move on with my life and career,” Incognito wrote in
the first of his bitter tweets. “I’ve been dragged through the mud for
months by my ‘best friend.’ ’’
The NFL reached out to attorney Ted Wells to oversee a probe into the Incognito-Martin affair.
Incognito saved some venom for Martin’s representative, Kenny
Zuckerman, who Incognito accused of leaking an obscene, vulgar voice
mail directed at Martin to ESPN:
“Kenny Zuckerman from Priority Sports…. What do you have to say for
your actions? Why did you release the VM. What was your goal?”
“Jon Martin—you started all of this when Kenny Zuckerman released the
VM to ESPN. The same VM we joked about with @brianhartline.