Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito, suspended indefinitely by the squad Sunday night for conduct detrimental to the team, is being investigated by the player’s union regarding his alleged racially-charged bullying and harassment of biracial teammate Jonathan Martin via threatening voicemail and text messages.
Multiple sources confirmed to ESPN that the following is a transcript of a voice message Incognito left for Martin in April 2013, a year after Martin was drafted:
“Hey, wassup, you half ni**er piece of s–t. I saw you on Twitter, you been training 10 weeks. [I want to] s–t 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–k you, you’re still a rookie. I’ll kill you.”
Sources tell ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that officials from both the NFL and the Dolphins have heard the tape and have copies of the message. Sources familiar with the tapes say these are terms Incognito used over time and were not isolated incidents, including the use of the racial epithet multiple times.
Sources also say Martin received a series of texts that include derogatory terms referring to the female anatomy and sexual orientation.
In a statement announcing his suspension, the Dolphins said, “we believe in maintaining a culture of respect for one another and as a result we believe this decision is in the best interest of the organization at this time. As we noted earlier, we reached out to the NFL to conduct an objective and thorough review. We will continue to work with the league on this matter.”
Incognito, who has been a part of Miami’s six-player leadership council, started all eight games for the Dolphins (4-4). He will be an unrestricted free agent after the season. Backup guard Nate Garner will start in his place.
Martin left the team last week after a lunchroom incident. It is unknown whether and when Martin plans to return to the team. The Dolphins have until 4 p.m. ET Tuesday to take him off the non-football-related illness list.