Warren Sapp Says Richie Incognito Once Called Him a "N****r" During a Game
Incognito's repeated use of the word (including a videotape that is now circulating of him using it at a Fort Lauderdale bar) has added a racial tinge to the bullying controversy.
The Miami Herald carried an odd report sourced from anonymous Dolphins players:
Well, I've spoken to multiple people today about this and the explanation from all of them is that in the Dolphins locker room, Richie Incognito was considered a black guy. He was accepted by the black players. He was an honorary black man.
And Jonathan Martin, who is bi-racial, was not. Indeed, Martin was considered less black than Incognito.
"Richie is honarary," one player who left the Dolphins this offseason told me today. "I don't expect you to understand because you're not black. But being a black guy, being a brother is more than just about skin color. It's about how you carry yourself. How you play. Where you come from. What you've experienced. A lot of things."
We're not sure that racial theory extends much further outside NFL locker rooms, but clearly Incognito was that dopey white guy who thought he had a hood pass because he had black friends.
Chris Rock might have the best take on this subject.