It isn’t unusual for the macho mentality to take over football players who ought to know better. But there is no excuse for Incognito’s behavior and even less reason for his teammates to stand behind him.
The fact that the players on the Dolphins voted to put Incognito on the team’s leadership council indicates a huge gap between common sense and the Dolphins.
So when Martin had problems with Incognito, the leadership council wasn’t an option for him to go for relief. Some players might have solved the issue by confronting Incognito directly, but Martin can’t be criticized for not taking that route.
If Incognito was acting on team orders, then many of the Dolphins’ management should face the same fate as Incognito, who is indefinitely suspended.
There is no place in the NFL for the kind of bigotry and meanness displayed by Incognito toward his teammate. There is also no place in the league for a team that condones his behavior. I hope this mess is cleaned up soon so the focus can be on football again and not this other foolishness.
Sports Editor Rick Teverbaugh’s column appears twice weekly.