Speaking for the first time since his suspension, Dolphins guard Richie Incognito downplayed the notion that he bullied Jonathan Martin.
Incognito told FOX Sports' Jay Glazer that he felt the two linemen were friends. He didn't see anything wrong with what he said or how he acted around the second-year player out of Stanford.
“This isn't an issue about bullying, this is of mine and Jon's relationship,” Incognito told Glazer, via ESPN.com. “You can ask anyone in the Miami locker room, 'Who had Jon Martin's back the absolute most?' and they'll undoubtedly tell you me.”
Almost two weeks ago, Martin stormed out of the Dolphins' training facility, with allegations that Incognito bullied him surfacing soon after. In a voicemail, Incognito called Martin a racial slur, he said he would slap his mother and that he would kill him.
A video was posted this week with Incognito using the n-word, with Dolphins center Mike Pouncey laughing in the background. Pouncey is black.
In the interview tih Glazer, Incognito says he regrets using the word but that it's something often said in the Miami locker room.
“All this stuff coming out, it speaks to the culture of our locker room, our closeness, our brotherhood,” Incognito said. “And the racism, the bad words, that's what I regret most. But that's a product of the environment.”
The interview will air later Sunday on FOX.
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.