It was only a matter of time before old school jock hazing turned into a major NFL bullying scandal. It’s happening on theMiami Dolphins and has led to offensive lineman Richie Incognitobeing suspended for harassing young Jonathan Martin. Yes, Martin is over 300 pounds butwho wouldn’t be fearful of a message like this:
“Hey, wassup, you half n—– piece of shit. I saw you on Twitter, you been training 10 weeks. [I want to] shit in your fucking mouth. [I’m going to] slap your fucking mouth. [I’m going to] slap your real mother across the face [laughter]. Fuck you, you’re still a rookie. I’ll kill you.”
Nice. Incognito was voted theNFL’s dirtiest player in 2009 by his peers. I wonder if he was rewarded with Klan robes and crosses suitable for burning rookies’ lawns.
Incognito is from Jersey, which is one reason this incident reminds me of a plot line from Season 3 ofThe Sopranos. After Christopher Moltisanti becomes a made man, he discovers that life is not all canolis and moozadell for wise guys. He is expected to pick up enormous restaurant checks, allow himself to be strip searched, and even watch as Paulie Walnuts sniffs Adriana’s knickers. I’m not sure if Incognito ever did the latter, but part of the Martin story is how he, and other rookies, are obliged to subsidize the veterans’ extravagant liefstyles and be generally subservient until they can repeat the same stupid cycle themselves.
The Dolphins and the NFL tried to blow Martin’s allegations off at first. It’s unmanly to complain about hazing, but it can become lethal if not nipped in the bud. It’s also not a good thing when internet smart asses like me compare what’s going on in the NFL toThe Sopranos. It’s time to (Johnny) sack hazing in pro football.