INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Hoosiers are sounding off on the controversy surrounding Miami Dolphins' Richie Incognito.
The Dolphins were expected to cut ties with the offensive lineman for bullying second year player Jonathon Martin. Martin reportedly handed over texts and voicemails to the NFL. That evidence shows Incognito used racial slurs and threatened to harm Martin's family.
There are also reports that he forced his teammate to pay $15,000 so Incognito and friends could take a trip to Vegas.
The controversy was a hot topic Tuesday morning on the Grady & Big Joe Show on 1070 the Fan.
“It really goes back to the whole locker room dynamic, the whole culture and the fact that guys have different methods of roughing up the younger players. This one clearly went too far but in that locker room, at least what we've heard from players so far they don't see it that way,” said co-host Michael Grady.
His talk radio colleague and former Colts player Joe Staysniak talked about hazing and his NFL locker room experience.
"There are so many oddities that are involved in this. I've never been in part of a locker room that has been involved in this. I've never seen anyone that has stepped over the line like they have. I've never seen a locker room not come to the defense of somebody who was being treated this poorly. There are questions marks all over," he said.
Since the story broke in Miami, most of the media focus has been on Incognito.
Staysniak wonders how or why the situation escalated to the level it did.
“At some point you have to question the Martin kid, when do you fight back? This is an aggressive sport. This is what you are paid to do you need to be a man, you need to stand up by standing up I mean literally standing toe to toe with the guy and saying stop, ” Staysniak said.
The NFL was investigating the case. What will be interesting is how NFL officials define Incognito's behavior and actions once that investigation is complete.
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