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Richie Incognito rips Jonathan Martin on Twitter, later explains rant

Richie Incognito (left) and Jonathan Martin during a 2013 preseason game. (Wilfredo Lee / AP)

The suspension of Richie Incognito, the Miami Dolphins’ offensive lineman who had been suspended pending an investigation into alleged incidents involving Jonathan Martin, was lifted last week and, on Wednesday afternoon, Incognito released a barrage of tweets directed at his former teammate.

He also apologized to “all of the women out there that I offended with my text messages to my close personal friend [Martin].” It wasn’t immediately clear from the tweets just what had prompted his anger but Ted Wells, the independent investigator appointed by Commissioner Roger Goodell, is expected to release the results of his investigation soon. Incognito later elaborated on the tweets in a conversation with the NFL Network’s Mike Silver.

“I talked to Richie Incognito about an hour ago and he’s very angry at this point,” Silver said.  “He feels like four months of being in limbo has taken its toll on him personally.  He strongly refutes Jonathan Martin’s allegations and he told me ‘I wanted to get my side out there before the Ted Wells report is issued.’ ”

That he did.

In an official statement to Silver, he said:

“The facts clearly show the allegations are false and there was no bullying. Just banter both ways between two good friends. I intend to do as I always have: focus on doing the best job I can for my team and fans and helping my team win. I will have no other comment until the Wells report is issued.”

A little over a week ago, Incognito tweeted his support for Martin to return to the NFL and earlier this month, his camp released text messages that support his contention that the two are good friends.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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