Dolphins Lift Incognito’s Suspension as Texts Shed Light on Relationship

The Miami Dolphins lifted the three-month suspension of guard Richie Incognito, days before NFL investigator Ted Wells is set to release his findings into allegations that Incognito bullied teammate Jonathan Martin.

A Dolphins game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
A Dolphins game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

On Tuesday, the Miami Dolphins lifted the three-month suspension of guard Richie Incognito, days before NFL investigator Ted Wells is set to release his findings into allegations that Incognito bullied and tormented offensive lineman, Jonathan Martin, ESPN reports.

“I would to thank my family and friends for their continued love and support. It’s official,” Incognito tweeted, once he heard that the suspension had been lifted. The action serves as more of a symbolic gesture since the NFL season is over.

Incognito also tweeted a show of support to Jonathan Martin, which is odd considering it was Martin who claimed that Incognito was at the center of a vulgar locker-room culture that drove him to leave the team in the middle of the season. Martin claimed that Incognito bullied him and used racially offensive language. Incognito claimed that the two were friends.

Earlier this week, more than 1,000 text messages exchanged between Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito were released on the Big Lead and paint a disturbing picture of a friendship. The tweets include language describing strippers, hookers and drug use.

The two exchanged texts about drunken blackouts, Pac-12 championship games and pulling pranks on each other. In the text messages that range from October 2012 to November of 2013, it appears that the two shared a penchant for rowdy language, booze and women.

Richie Incognito: Hell yea Did u go to pouncey’s after? I’ll kill u if u did

Jonathan Martin: Lol hell no

JM: No drugs for me rest of season

RI: Goooood That s–t is ridiculous

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