Are Richie Incognito’s Actions Just a Normal Piece of NFL Locker Room Culture?

November 9, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

"In a locker room, what's overboard?"
That rhetorical question was posed to me by former NFL receiver Isaac Bruce in response to being asked if Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito ever went overboard in dealing with rookies or younger players on a team. 
Incognito is accused of bullying and harassing Dolphins teammate and fellow offensive lineman Jonathan Martin. Martin left the team October 30 and had checked himself into a hospital to be treated for emotional distress before going home to California to be with his family. Now, he has hired long-time sports attorney David Cornwell, who alleges that there are more shoes to drop when it comes to these charges.   
Bruce, a member of the Rams (both in Los Angeles and in St. Louis) from 1994-2007, played with Incognito for three seasons. In many ways, Bruce seems like the antithesis of the type of locker room sub-culture that Incognito now publicly represents.
Even as news comes out that Incognito held ...

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