...until his lawyer tells him to shut his trap, then posts his lawyer's phone number on the internet.
The hump day Twitter tirade from Dolphins guard Richie Incognito is intriguing, revealing, and ultimately troubling.
“It’s who he is,” one league source opined to PFT regarding the question of why Incognito would attack Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin and his agent, Kenny Zuckerman, on Twitter less than a month before Incognito becomes a free agent — and possibly only days before Ted Wells’ report is released.
Still, at a time when Incognito is complaining about Zuckerman revealing private information to the media, Incognito has made a private, sensitive disclosure of his own on Twitter. “FACT: Jonathan Martin told me he thought about taking his own life in MAY 2013 b/c he wasn’t playing well,” Incognito said. “Told me he felt worthless.”
Accurate or not, what purpose does it serve to make that disclosure public now, especially as the Ted Well report inches closer to publication?
Meanwhile, Incognito has offered an arguably sarcastic apology for the statements contained in the oft-raunchy text messages with Martin that Incognito’s camp apparently leaked last week.
“I apologize to all of the women out there that I offended with my text messages to my close personal friend,” Incognito said.
Incognito hasn’t publicly apologized for — or even mentioned — his golf-course behavior toward a female volunteer that reportedly resulted in a cash payment to settle her legal claims.
After a Wednesday afternoon Twitter tirade against Jonathan Martin and agent Kenny Zuckerman that culminated in Incognito claiming that Martin told Incognito in May 2013 that Martin was contemplating suicide because of his poor play, Incognito pulled the plug, saying, “I have no further comment at this time. Please contact my attorney Mark Schamel.”
Incognito then provided Schamel’s phone number.
The decision to publicly post Schamel’s number, which likely will be flooded with calls (we didn’t post it here for that very reason), suggests that Schamel told Richie to knock it off, Richie wasn’t happy with it, and so Richie opted to comply in aggressive passive-aggressive fashion.
As one league source told PFT on Wednesday afternoon, “[Richie] just wants to have his way. This is his way of stomping and holding his breath.”
Good luck convincing teams that you're a stable personality, pal.