Through an NFL league source, The Big Lead has obtained over 1,000 text messages allegedly exchanged between former Miami Dolphins teammates Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito. The texts themselves are messy, to say the least.
Incognito and Martin, of course, have been at the center of a scandal that’s garnered national attention. Martin left the team in late October amid claims that he was the victim of bullying at the hands of Incognito, and voicemails left for Martin by Incognito — which were reported by ESPN — contain profane language and racial epithets.
Some of the text messages exchanged between the two – as reported by Fox Sports, NFL Network and CBS in Miami – reveal much of the same. Martin was a guest on the Today Show last week and said the attacks he endured from teammates were “personal” and “racial.”
The text messages obtained by The Big Lead revolve around late night plans, drinking, and chasing women. There’s plenty of frat boy speak, and rarely does the conversation veer away from incredibly crude territory. Was the veteran Incognito indeed tasked with ‘toughening up’ the younger Martin? It’s a question Dolphins coach Joe Philbin refused to answer in early November. If Incognito was tasked with toughening Martin up, did he cross a line? The text exchanges should offer some insight into the two players’ relationship.
WARNING: Many of these texts contain offensive language. We’ve redacted email addresses and home addresses, as well as photos and videos that showed the faces of others.