Jonathan Martin sent vile text messages to Richie Incognito threatening to, among other things, “kill [his] whole family,” Incognito’s attorney, Mark Schamel, said Thursday.
But Incognito never felt in any danger because he saw the texts as “banter between friends, not bullying,” Schamel said.
Furthermore, Martin pledged to send someone to Incognito’s home with a “tranquilizer gun and sandpaper condoms” to rape him, Incognito’s attorney claims. Martin also threatened to perpetrate another sex act against Incognito, Schamel continued.
All of these explosive messages have been provided to Ted Wells, and will presumably be included in his report on the Dolphins’ workplace-conduct scandal.
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“Consistent with our organizational position, we are reserving further comment on this matter while the report is pending,” the Dolphins said in a statement.
Martin left the team in late October, saying he was subject to extreme mental and physical abuse at the hands of his teammates. He resurfaced this week with a nationally televised interview in which he reiterated some of those allegations, but did not provide much detail.
Incognito, who was suspended by the team for the last two months of the season, had largely remained silent — until now.
Schamel says Incognito has “owned his inappropriate comments,” but is adamant that they were jokes, not threats.
“Now it is time for Jonathan Martin to do the same,” Schamel said in his statement.
Martin told Incognito in October that he was upset about not playing well and his demotion to right tackle, Schamel said. Martin apparently also was missing team meetings and was concerned that his job was at risk.
“It was only after sharing these concerns, and Martin’s abandonment of the team, that the bullying allegations were raised,” Schamel added. “Rather than deal with his poor on-field performance and myriad other issues, Martin is now hiding behind false allegations.”
In his interview with NBC Sports this week, Martin stated that he had no “tools” to deal with the bullying. Schamel disputed that as well, saying that in addition to his wealth, Martin has an agent, an attorney, a union representative and, among other resources, a mother who specializes in labor law.
“Jonathan Martin had more support and love around him than almost any other person in the world,” Schamel said. “He never once indicated he was uncomfortable with the interactions between teammates and friends. Rather, Jonathan Martin was a full participant, who at times led some of the exact same pranks and gags and text and email exchanges he now claims ‘crossed the line.’ ”
Neither Martin, who is under contract in 2014, nor Incognito, a free agent, is expected back on the team. Wells’ report is due out as soon as next week.