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Normally, offensive linemen don't make this list—in part because it's too hard to quantify what they do live as it happens. Cameras don't focus on them much during the game, All-22 doesn't come out until Tuesday and even when we have it, we don't know the play calls and responsibilities.
Sometimes, though, a guy stands out so much that he needs to be called out one way or the other.
This time, it's Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito—and for all the wrong reasons.
Of course by now you've heard the hubbub about left tackle Jonathan Martin's departure from the team and the allegations he was bullied to the point that he broke. You can read this synopsis by ESPN's James Walker to catch up.
Incognito's name has been bandied about as one of the ringleaders, and Sunday morning found him very unhappy with the situation. He chose to lash out on Twitter at ESPN, Adam Schefter and pretty much anyone else who had reported on it.
A sampling is below. (Note: These tweets appeared on Incognito's Twitter page but have since been removed.)
@AdamSchefter Stop slandering my name. You hide behind "sources" who are not man enough to put their name behind the BS you report
@AdamSchefter Enough is enough If you or any of the agents you sound off for have a problem with me, you know where to find me #BRINGIT
Not surprisingly, per Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, he was suspended Sunday night by the Miami Dolphins while the NFL investigates the whole situation.
While Incognito may yet be vindicated, one can't help but wonder if he might have stayed active had he not try to browbeat (or, one might say, bully) Schefter into a retraction.
Good job, man, good effort.
Of course, Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports has reported that Incognito sent text messages and left voicemails for Martin that were threatening and racially charged. So maybe there is more to it.
I realize that there are some strong opinions on this whole case, so try to stay classy when talking about it in the comments.
Incognito is a hot topic, but he's been ice cold in his handling of it.