Dolphins' Incognito comments on bullying controversy
A Miami Dolphins player accused of bullying is speaking out for the first time since being benched.
Richie Incognito is suspended while the NFL investigates the allegations, which now involve the team's coaches.
Suspended Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito is at the center of a national controversy following accusations of harassment and misconduct toward teammate Jonathan Martin.
Incognito had kept his silence on the controversy, until WSVN in Miami caught up with him briefly Tuesday in a parking lot in Weston, Florida for his first comments since the suspension and details of his interactions with Martin became public.
Incognito left an alleged voicemail from for Martin that included racial slurs and physical threats. Martin also was also reportedly the victim of persistent harassment from Incognito since Martin was a rookie in 2012.
The Sun Sentinel reports that the team's coaches encouraged Incognito to put pressure on Martin, but that he may have taken those orders "too far."
Incognito says that he will deal with this in the best way he can.
"You know what, I'm just trying to weather the storm right now and this will pass," he said.
"There's an allegation that you left these voicemails on Johnathan Martin's voicemail. What do you have to say about those?" he was asked.
"No comment right now. We're just going to kind of weather the storm and that's it," Incognito said.