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Report: NFLPA looking at Richie Incognito's role in bullying

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07:30 AM ET 11.02 | Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito's role in alleged harassment of teammate Jonathan Martin is under review by the NFL Players Association due to an incident that provoked Martin to leave the team, according to multiple sources. One high-ranking Dolphins official who did not want to be identified defended Incognito as a player who has been a "model citizen" and was mystified by any allegations related to Incognito. Meanwhile, several sources insisted Incognito was involved, adding that the incident was not isolated and extended to 2012, when Martin was a second-round draft pick by the team. One source said any emotional issues Martin is experiencing are directly related to his harassment.

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November 2, 2013  07:59 AM ET

If Richie is guilty, he'll be hard to catch because bullies often do their nasty stuff Incognito.

November 2, 2013  08:53 AM ET

I think the Dolphins should call in his parents.

November 2, 2013  08:57 AM ET

Seriously? Bullying is terrible in schools and kids should be protected but these are grown-**** men. I swear to God, soon there will be penalties for hurting feelings.

November 2, 2013  09:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Seriously? Bullying is terrible in schools and kids should be protected but these are grown-**** men. I swear to God, soon there will be penalties for hurting feelings.

Agree, but something tells me Martin may have a mental disability. If that's the case, then he needs help.

November 2, 2013  09:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Agree, but something tells me Martin may have a mental disability. If that's the case, then he needs help.

I think his treatment by the other players may have triggered something that was already going on inside his head.

November 2, 2013  09:12 AM ET

Richie is going to get called to the principle........ehhhh commissioners office. Do you think he'll get expelled or swats.

November 2, 2013  09:16 AM ET

Back in the day I handle a BULLY by beating the hell out of them. Now days if you even try to protect yourself in school you are kick out. Gave me the old days. For that jackass that was bulling the other player be kick off the team and no other teams will pick this jerk up. Most bullies why they do this is because they want to be noticed.

November 2, 2013  09:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I swear to God, soon there will be penalties for hurting feelings.

I'm offended by that statement. :)

November 2, 2013  09:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Seriously? Bullying is terrible in schools and kids should be protected but these are grown-**** men. I swear to God, soon there will be penalties for hurting feelings.

I disagree. Bullying is nasty business and terrible at any age. If they're not straightened out early in life, bullies never grow up, they just get nastier, especially if they have 310 lbs of muscle to hide behind.

November 2, 2013  09:46 AM ET

I find it interesting how many comments argue that bullying is acceptable once we reach a certain age.

November 2, 2013  09:54 AM ET
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I disagree. Bullying is nasty business and terrible at any age. If they're not straightened out early in life, bullies never grow up, they just get nastier, especially if they have 310 lbs of muscle to hide behind.

I agree with you. I'm just getting a little fed up with the new "touchy feely" NFL. I fully agree it is something that continues into adulthood but it just seems like adults would know how to deal with it as opposed to kids who sometimes don't know where to turn.

November 2, 2013  09:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I find it interesting how many comments argue that bullying is acceptable once we reach a certain age.

Read the comments, nobody said it is acceptable.

November 2, 2013  10:08 AM ET
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I'm just getting a little fed up with the new "touchy feely" NFL.

Me too. I don't like "touchy feely" in any sport ... unless ... it's figure skating. Seriously though, it is a fact that if somebody was a victim of bullying when growing up, they're a lot more sensitive to that kind of abuse all through life. Hard to get over it without help. Kind of like victims of domestic violence.

November 2, 2013  10:14 AM ET
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Back in the day I handle a BULLY by beating the hell out of them. Now days if you even try to protect yourself in school you are kick out. Gave me the old days. For that jackass that was bulling the other player be kick off the team and no other teams will pick this jerk up. Most bullies why they do this is because they want to be noticed.

"The Old Days?" When most kid's dads were veterans of WWII or Korea or something and the seriously war-damaged dads, many of whom were PTSDs, wife-beaters and mean alcoholics, expected the kids to be as tough as they were and the kids had to prove it by being "tough" and so fighting all the time for no good reason? If you weren't kickin' you were lickin' in the immortal words of Steve McMichael? Those "Old Days"? yeah I miss them a lot.

November 2, 2013  10:19 AM ET

I'm sure the NFLPA will do a fine job of getting to the bottom of this. Their sterling reputation for taking ownership of personal conduct speaks for itself.

November 2, 2013  10:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Me too. I don't like "touchy feely" in any sport ... unless ... it's figure skating. Seriously though, it is a fact that if somebody was a victim of bullying when growing up, they're a lot more sensitive to that kind of abuse all through life. Hard to get over it without help. Kind of like victims of domestic violence.

Yup, abusive homes are the same way.

November 2, 2013  10:23 AM ET
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"The Old Days?" When most kid's dads were veterans of WWII or Korea or something and the seriously war-damaged dads, many of whom were PTSDs, wife-beaters and mean alcoholics, expected the kids to be as tough as they were and the kids had to prove it by being "tough" and so fighting all the time for no good reason? If you weren't kickin' you were lickin' in the immortal words of Steve McMichael? Those "Old Days"? yeah I miss them a lot.

Thanks for making my point.

November 2, 2013  10:26 AM ET

Because it's a "magical fluffy bunny world where unicorns pee rainbows and everything taste like chocolate".
Childhood is a time allotted for you to grow up, this appears to be a case which neither party did. You don't need shrinks and lawyers to learn how to become an adult, just a brain, and not a very big one at that.

 
November 2, 2013  10:28 AM ET

The whole concept of the NFL is bullying.

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