Rookie offensive lineman Jonathan Martin left the Miami Dolphins last week due to frustration and anger over being at the center of multiple, extreme hazing rituals.
And now transcripts of a voicemail teammate Richie Incognito left for Martin give fans a clearer idea of just what had been going on inside the Miami locker room over the past few months.
Martin had reportedly paid $15,000 to Incognito for a Las Vegas trip that he did not even attend, telling sources that he feared repercussions from his fellow lineman if he did not pony up the cash.
It’s unclear what, exactly, Martin meant by this – but one can hazard a guess based on the following, which is a transcript of a voice message Incognito left for Martin in April 2013, a year after Martin was drafted:
“Hey, wassup, you half n—– piece of s—. I saw you on Twitter, you been training 10 weeks. [I want to] s— in your f—ing mouth. [I’m going to] slap your f—ing mouth.”
“[I’m going to] slap your real mother across the face [laughter].”
“F— you, you’re still a rookie. I’ll kill you.”
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that officials from the NFL and from the Dolphins have heard the message and also seen texts from Incognito to Marin that include derogatory terms referring to the female anatomy and sexual orientation.
Incognito was suspended indefinitely by the team last night for conduct detrimental to the squad and has a resume that would make Lindsay Lohan ashamed.
He was suspended by the University of Nebraska in 2004 for violations of team rules; dismissed from Oregon after transferring there; and was voted the NFL’s Dirtiest Played in 2009.
Still, though, Miami voted Incognito to its six-player leadership council to start this season.
It is unknown, meanwhile, if Martin will return to the Dolphins.