Still, the saddest part of this story is the behavior of the black teammates of the target of Incognito's ignorance. (And yes, some of them knew that he is a racist.) These million dollar slaves and house Negroes all contributed to this environment of abuse that Jonathan Martin had to put up with.
I saw a few of them doing interviews on ESPN, and like some of the Eagles players when Riley Cooper let his Klan flag fly, they came up way short. None of them had the guts or the courage to say that what Richie Incognito did was wrong, and that they would not tolerate that type of behavior on their team. The house mentality took over. It always does with these types of Negroes, especially when they think that their paychecks are at stake. (I see you Michael Jordan.)
Honestly, Jonathan Martin should just walk away from football. He clearly doesn't need it. Dude has a degree from Stanford and Harvard educated lawyers as parents. Maybe it's time to use his brain instead of his brawn to make a living.
The following comments from someone commenting in the New York Daily News were on point:
"It's always depressing to read anonymous remarks on a forum, oozing with racist bias. But, it's worse to know that in a sport, like Major League Football, someone like Incognito almost can get away with it, meaning that how many others has he bullied and disparaged, before Martin?
These are elite athletes, making tens of millions of dollars, and accustomed to playing with all races, where the only thing that matters is the team. It's not like a prison yard, where gang mentality dictates that races stick together.
Sports should be one of the frontiers for racial equality and brotherhood as team mates. If it eludes these athletes, who should truly be brothers, the baiters and haters who post silly things seem less important."
I agree. This is supposed to be the one of the few areas where racism does not exist. It's why Americans always thought of sports as the greatest unifier and equalizer. True meritocracy at work.
Sadly, though, the reality of living in a society where "color aroused disorders" are prevalent always brings this type of behavior to the fore."
Richie, you aren't going to be Incognito anymore.