After taking to Twitter last week to rant against his teammate Jonathan Martin and seemingly anyone else who wronged him, Richie Incognito returned on Monday to apologize for his behavior.
The apology came in an extended message on his account:
Incognito then thanked the league and called it a night:
The former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman was suspended from the team after allegations of abuse and harassment brought upon by Martin. After conducting an independent investigation of the incident, Ted Wells reported (h/t Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun Sentinel):
The Report finds that the assistant trainer repeatedly was the object of racial slurs and other racially derogatory language; that the other offensive lineman was subjected to homophobic name-calling and improper physical touching; and that Martin was taunted on a persistent basis with sexually explicit remarks about his sister and his mother and at times ridiculed with racial insults and other offensive comments.
In an apparent response to the report, Incognito vented his frustrations in a Twitter rant last Wednesday. He started things off by explaining his side of the story concerning his "friend," believing the truth was not coming out:
He followed that up with a brief apology to all of those he offended:
Unfortunately, he immediately crossed the line with personal details, seemingly sinking himself deeper into the mess:
After two days' worth of retweeting various negative comments, he directly addressed Wells' report:
He then ended it with a "goodbye" to Twitter:
While the saga is likely far from over, Incognito at least appears to have realized the mistakes from his behavior. Then again, not everyone is buying his recent message.
Jim Weber of Lost Letterman believes there is a long way to go to make up for his actions:
T.J. Quinn of ESPN points out that Incognito is doing himself more harm than good with his online persona:
At the very least, it seems clear that the offensive guard wants to play in the NFL again. Despite the issues, that remains a possibility.
Back in November, Dan Hanzus of NFL.com reported that Incognito still had support in the Dolphins' locker room. Meanwhile, Ross Tucker of the Sporting News points out that the player's actions were not too uncommon, saying, "There's a Richie Incognito on every team."
Incognito was named to the 2012 Pro Bowl and has proven to be one of the better guards in the NFL when he is on the field. This factor is certain to at least give him an opportunity to get a new contract before his career is over.
However, any team considering adding him to its roster will undoubtedly need to express caution. Incognito is no stranger to controversy, and the Martin incident and its subsequent fallout is one all teams will certainly take very seriously.
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