Richie Incognito. (Getty Images)This past week Miami Dolphins starting right guard Richie Incognito was suspended because of allegations of harassment, including but not limited to, racial slurs and death threats aimed at teammate Jonathan Martin. There is no question in light of the graphic voice mails and text messages attributed to Incognito, he crossed the line. There is no defence for an indefensible action. But then again, this is pro football.
The 'thinning of the herd' mentality has been tolerated in professional sports for decades. Offensive linemen are not immune to that primitive rite of passage. Quite the opposite. Where toughness, both mental and physical, are pre-requisites for success, lacking those qualities will always spell the end of a lineman's career.
Some have called Martin 'soft' and Incognito a 'bully'. But with its locker-room culture seemingly on trial, the revealing nature of pro football is that only one of those titles seems entirely insulting. Guess which one?
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