Richie Incognito is not preparing to play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday Night Football this week.
Instead, the Miami Dolphins offensive lineman is simply trying to "weather the storm" of hate being rained down on him over the past few days.
That’s how Incognito phrased his life at the moment in his first comments since being suspended by the team in the wake of a leaked voicemail that features him threatening teammate Jonathan Martin.
Martin walked away from the team a couple weeks ago due to what sources described at the time as extreme hazing and bullying.
In the days following, Incognito was identified as the main culprit abusing his fellow lineman, allegedly forcing Martin to pay $15,000 for a trip to Las Vegas and leaving him a number of homophobic, taunting messages and texts.
"I’m just trying to weather the storm right now. This will pass," Incognito told WSVN-TV yesterday when asked about the situation.
He declined to comment on any specific accusations.
Aside from the disturbing voicemail, video of an N-word-filled rant by Incognito was made public this week.
The Miami Herald has reported that Incognito is done with the Dolphins, though the organization is yet to make this official.
Martin, meanwhile, will continue to be paid during his absence; he was not placed on the non-football injury list and remains a part of the active roster.