Richie Incognito was accused of perpetrating bullying on fellow offensive lineman Jonathan Martin when they were teammates on the Miami Dolphins last season, but Incognito is not giving up in trying to rectify the situation.
On Monday, Incognito took to Twitter and implored Martin to contact him so that they could talk about the situation, hoping to move on from the unfortunate saga. (Warning: Tweet contains NSFW language.)
@j_martin71 No hard feelings. Let's just move on :)— Richie Incognito (@68INCOGNITO) March 24, 2014
This seemingly never-ending saga won't be put to rest as long as Incognito continues to reach out to Martin and seek forgiveness for what he did. Incognito has referred to the two ex-teammates as best friends in the past, but Martin's account of their relationship was far different in light of the bullying scandal.
The Miami Dolphins traded Martin to the San Francisco 49ers, where he is now reunited with Jim Harbaugh, his college coach at Stanford, and where he will try to revitalize his budding career.
Incognito is in need of a similar, fresh start. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network recently provided an update on Incognito's prospects of getting a new opportunity:
Richie Incognito wants to return to @NFL. What is his status? Source says he CAN sign a contract, but cannot be paid or play until… (1/2)— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 21, 2014
(2/2) … Incognito undergoes comprehensive eval by NFL-NFLPA designated medical advisors. Goodell must review their report & recommendation.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 21, 2014
ESPN's Andrew Brandt feels that a return to the Dolphins for Incognito is essentially out of the question:
Richie Incognito says he wants to return to the Dolphins. Uh, good luck with that...— Andrew Brandt (@adbrandt) March 20, 2014
Employment will be difficult to come by for Incognito, who has carried baggage with his volatile temperament throughout his NFL career and is not being helped by his reported bullying of Martin. The investigation by attorney Ted Wells named Incognito, John Jerry and Mike Pouncey as perpetrators of bullying in the Dolphins locker room.
It remains to be seen whether Martin will forgive Incognito—or at least acknowledge his comments. So far, the communication has been a one-way ordeal, and it may very well stay that way in light of the rather traumatic experience Martin endured in Miami.