Jonathan Martin Denies Reaching Out to Richie Incognito

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistNovember 30, 2016

DAVIE, FL - JULY 27:  Jonathan Martin #71 of the Miami Dolphins looks on during practice at the Miami Dolphins training facility on July 27, 2013 in Davie, Florida.  (Photo by Ron Elkman/Sports Imagery/ Getty Images)
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In a tweet directed to ESPN's official Twitter account Wednesday, former NFL offensive lineman Jonathan Martin denied he has attempted to extend an olive branch to Buffalo Bills guard Richie Incognito.

The tweet came after Tim Keown profiled Incognito for the Dec. 12 issue of ESPN The Magazine. Keown detailed Incognito's checkered past, including his bullying scandal involving Martin.

In February 2014, NFL investigator Ted Wells determined Incognito and teammates John Jerry and Mike Pouncey engaged in a "pattern of harassment" toward Martin when they were members of the Miami Dolphins, according to Ben Shpigel of the New York Times.

Ahead of Buffalo's Week 7 game against the Dolphins, Incognito said in a conference call that Martin had tried to open a line of communication, per the Buffalo News' Nick Veronica:

He's reached out and tried to speak a few times, but I have nothing to say. ... Jonathan had his troubles. He had his demons, like we all do. And he left for whatever reason, and he handled it the way he did. And then the story kind of takes on a life of its own and there's the narrative that Jonathan and his camp wants you to believe, and then there's, like I said, what me, Mike Pouncey, what John Jerry, what Jim Turner, what we know what happened. And I can sleep good at night knowing what happened and what my actions were. I’m not saying I was a saint but I sleep well at night knowing what I did.

After not playing during the 2014 season, Incognito signed with the Bills in 2015 and reached his second Pro Bowl. He has started all 11 of Buffalo's games in 2016.

The Dolphins traded Martin to the San Francisco 49ers in March 2014. The Niners waived him a year later, and the 2012 second-round pick retired in August 2015 after an injury curtailed his stint with the Carolina Panthers.