Professionals Bully?

There have been reports of bullying in professional sports. The most recent one was a player from the NFL that taunted a fellow teammate in the locker room. It wasn’t just in the locker room or on the field. It was also off the field. Jonathan Martin told reporters that he was verbally bullied by Richie Incognito. Incognito sent many text messages to Martin saying “I’m going to shoot you and claim self defense.”

There were several other exchanges comparable to that one.

In March, the two talked about the departure of Jake Long, who signed with the St. Louis Rams in the offseason. Incognito said Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland “didn’t make (Long) feel welcome” and Martin responded with “this is a strange business.Then, there was the highly publicized Vegas trip, which Martin didn’t attend but reportedly helped to fund, as he “gave Incognito $15,000, fearing the consequences if he did not hand over the money.”

But his text message in regard to that particular trip reads as follows:

“Man I Just can’t justify this Vegas trip with what I’ve been dealing with recently… Let me know if I owe you anything for the room.” Incognito seemed perfectly fine with it, responding, “It’s all good. Let me know if u need anything.”

What I’m trying to get at is that bullying does not just happen in elementary or in high school, even grown adults are immature enough to do things like that.

Incognito went to Twitter to apologize to Martin, “I apologize for acting like a big baby the last few days. This has all been so much on me and my family. I just want to play football”

There has been no response from Martin.

Incognito also apologized to the Miami Dolphin franchise and the independent investigator Ted Wells by writing, “I’m guilty of being a loyal friend and good teammate. I apologize for my poor language and rude remarks. I’ve never denied it.”