Up until the exclusive sit down, Jonathan Martin had been painted as the victim and only the victim, as threatening and racial text messages and voicemails Incognito sent to Martin were the only messages that had been made public.
While Martin certainly isn't seen as the villain now, Incognito breaking his silence served as much-needed damage control for his reputation and how he was viewed in this ongoing saga.
Glazer asked the right questions, ones that focused on the fact that many would be skeptical of any excuses or defense Incognito had after all the negative reports that surfaced about him in the past week.
In a transcript article Glazer posted on FoxSports.com, he included this interesting text message conversation between the teammates apparently a few days after Martin left the team:
"Wassup man? The world's gone crazy lol I'm good tho congrats on the win"
"Yeah I'm good man. It's insane bro but just know I don't blame you guys at all it's just the culture around football and the locker room got to me a little."
Here's the full interview:
Not shown in that video is this exchange between Incognito and Glazer that specifically touched on another text message Martin sent to Incognito, per Pro Football Talk:
Incognito told Jay Glazer of FOX Sports that a week before Martin left the Dolphins, it was Martin texting Incognito with profanity and a physical threat — which Incognito said he thought was just the normal way they went back and forth.
“A week before this went down, Jonathan Martin texted me, ‘I will murder your whole F—ing family. Now did I think Jonathan Martin was going to murder my family? Not one bit,” Incognito said.
A few hours later, Martin's lawyer, David Cornwell tweeted a picture of the exact meme Martin sent to Incognito:
Cornwell was trying to demonstrate the context behind Martin's surprising text—that it was more light-hearted than the message would have been had it not included the picture.
No other even slightly malicious text messages from Martin to Incognito have been released, which is odd after Incognito reportedly insinuated the hateful texting "was just the normal way they went back and forth."
One would think that if that was indeed the case, more offensive texts from Martin to Incognito would have been leaked by now.
There's a chance Incognito's camp will make more of Martin's text messages public in the near future if they exist, but as it currently stands, only one text that could have been construed as vicious in any way has been released.
Just because that has yet to happen, it doesn't mean Incognito was totally untruthful during his interview with Glazer.
But it certainly presents a hole in Incognito's counter-argument and raises some questions about his overall genuineness.
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