During a satellite appearance on NFL AM this morning, Brian Orakpo was asked about the bullying allegations against Miami guard Richie Incognito. Orakpo made it clear that he is not okay with that type of behavior in the locker room, and had some tough words to say about it.
“We don’t know all the details, but my opinion, I think it’s ridiculous, messing with a guy like that and doing what he did,” Orakpo said (video here). “I wish it was me. I would have busted him in his mouth, to be honest with you. But at the end of the day, those guy have to be smart. You really don’t know who you’re messing with. I don’t know. I feel like we don’t have characters like that in our locker room, man, and I think it’s kinda ridiculous. I’m kinda getting upset thinking about it.”
To be clear, the Redskins do have rookie traditions, such as skits and pranks and rookie dinners. All are common practice in NFL locker rooms and usually innocent in nature, as far as we know. Mike Shanahan echoed the same sentiments about having a more welcoming Redskins locker room.
“I have never experienced that since I’ve been in coaching,” he said, via Insider, during his presser on Monday. “I’ve never experienced that type of locker room or that type of atmosphere that was explained to me, anyhow.”
Shanahan went on to say that ultimately, it’s the coach’s responsibility to know what’s going on with his team.
“I don’t think it’s hard at all,” he said. “If you think it’s a problem, it’s a problem. That’s your job. If you can see it and you believe it is, then you address the problem. Once you address it, usually the problem is over because you don’t tolerate it. But sometimes someone might not be aware that’s going on. I’m sure that’s the case in Miami.”