Dolphin Drama: Player 'Done' Over Racism, Harassment
'Hey, wassup, you half n----- piece of s---,' Richie Incognito reportedly wrote
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 5, 2013 8:50 AM CST
In this July 24, 2013 file photo, Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito (68) and tackle Jonathan Martin (71) stand on the field during an NFL football practice in Davie, Fla.   (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

(Newser) – The Miami Dolphins suspended guard Richie Incognito on Sunday, and now we know why. Sources tell ESPN that Incognito is being punished for a long history of harassing teammates with racial epithets. In one voicemail sent to teammate Jonathan Martin in April, which both the Dolphins and NFL have copies of, Incognito reportedly says the following:

  • "Hey, wassup, you half n----- piece of s---. I saw you on Twitter, you been training 10 weeks. [I want to] s--- in your f---ing mouth. [I'm going to] slap your f---ing mouth. [I'm going to] slap your real mother across the face [laughter]. F--- you, you're still a rookie. I'll kill you."

Sources say that message isn't an isolated incident, either. Incognito reportedly used racial slurs on multiple occasions, along with what ESPN calls "derogatory terms referring to the female anatomy and sexual orientation." Incognito is a longtime member of the team's player leadership council. "He's done," a team source told the Miami Herald. "He'll never play another game here." Martin left the team last week after a "lunch room incident." He's alleged a range of hazing and harassment, including an incident last summer in which Incognito got him to contribute $15,000 to a team trip to Las Vegas that Martin wasn't going on, CBS Sports reports.