Richie Incognito Clams He's Not Racist, Blames 'Culture' of Locker Room (Video)
Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito gave his first interview since being suspended indefinitely, a week ago, for allegedly threatening and racially harassing his black teammate Jonathan Martin.
Due to Incognito's harassment, Martin has quit the team, notes Salon.com (video below).
Since the claims about Incognito became public, a video of the all-pro guard using the N-word surfaced as have allegations by a woman who claimed he sexually harassed her at a golf tournament last year.
However, Fox Sports' Jay Glazer almost seemed to be smirking as he threw softball questions to Incognito.
According to Deadspin.com, Glazer has given Incognito MMA training and they have a personal friendship.
“This isn’t an issue about bullying,” Incognito stated. “This is an issue of my and John’s relationship. You can ask anybody in the Miami Dolphins locker room, ‘Who had John Martin’s back the absolute most?’ and they will undoubtedly tell you me.”
"All this stuff that's coming out speaks to the culture of our locker room," claimed Incognito. "It speaks to the culture of our closeness. It speaks to the culture of our brotherhood. And the racism, the bad words, that's what I regret the most, but that is a product of the environment and that's something we use all the time."
"I'm not a racist," added Incognito. "And to judge me by that one word is wrong."
Sources: Salon.com and Deadspin.com