ESPN Jumps to Conclusions with Incognito

BY TREVOR BITTENBENDER

As we all know, the Miami Dolphins are having a very unique season. They started out 3-0 and then lost their next four games. However, the most intriguing story has been off the field.

After Miami Dolphins tackle, Jonathan Martin, left the team during a meeting it was discovered that teammate Richie Incognito has been bullying him since he’s been drafted. After the transcript of the voicemail of Incognito was released, everyone wanted Incognito suspended.

ESPN went back to all of Incognito’s past incidences and made it seem as though this should be no surprise. The worldwide leader in sports showed how he was suspended from Nebraska and Oregon. However, after his brief stint in St. Louis, he went to Miami looking for a new start.

Incognito insisted that it was not as it seemed and that it’s being blown out of proportion. After another week of waiting to hear what would happen next, new reports came out that the team asked Incognito to “toughen up” Martin. If this is true, ESPN should be punished for tarnishing Incognito’s reputation.

If this story is true, and the Miami Dolphins told Incognito to “toughen up” Martin, ESPN should face some type of penalty. Why is it fair that ESPN gets to write and say whatever they want about someone without repercussions? If a player were to make a statement like this they would be fined.

ESPN is picking on Incognito because of his past. Do people forget how people like Bobby Knight used to treat his players? Screaming at players on national television. It’s unfair for ESPN to treat Incognito this way before they even know the full story. If it’s true that the coaches told him to “toughen up” Martin then ESPN should be penalized in some way for tarnishing Incognito’s reputation and causing him to be suspended from the Miami Dolphins.

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