Richie Incognito’s Miami Dolphins teammates are coming to his defense after an audio recording revealed Incognito using the “N-word.” They claim he is not a racist.
Incognito was suspended on Sunday for conduct detrimental to the team after teammate Jonathan Martin quit. Martin claims Incognito bullied him. Martin is biracial, and Incognito called him the “N-word” in a voice mail message. Center Mike Pouncey and wide receiver Mike Wallace told ESPN’s Cris Carter they want him back on the team.
Carter recounted his conversations with Pouncey and Wallace during an interview Wednesday on “SportsCenter,” claiming that both players “respect” and “love” Incognito.
Pouncey, who has been teammates with Incognito for parts of three seasons, and Wallace, in his first year with the Dolphins, told Carter that they do not believe Incognito is a racist.
Pouncey and Wallace also told Carter that they feel comfortable with Incognito as a teammate, saying they feel he is not getting a fair defense in what has become a national controversy.
Other teammates said they did not know of any conflict between Martin and Incognito. Linebacker Dannell Ellerbe said these reports are the first time he heard of the problems and that Martin should have reported his concerns to the leadership council. Others have noted Martin may have not gone to the leadership council because Incognito was on it.