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On Incognito

Am I the only person that thinks this entire "bullying" situation has been blown completely out of proportion? I'm not pro-bullying or harassment, I just don't believe that this deserves an investigation or suspensions.

When I first heard about the situation and heard the initial voicemail from Incognito last season, I felt for Martin and saw it as the league's dirtiest player disgracing his own teammates. As details emerged, though, it quickly became clear that this was neither malicious nor one-sided. An argument could be made that Incognito was completely in the wrong using racial slurs, which I agree with, but this was not three white members of the team ganging up on a black teammate. The fact that John Jerry and Mike Pouncey were involved totally changes how I view it.

I don't mean to say that harassment in any workplace is acceptable, but I simply don't view this as harassment in the traditional sense. Martin and Incognito were friends, and Martin sent text messages that were just as vulgar. I also don't view an NFL locker room as a traditional workplace. The locker room is all young, physically fit men who are perfectly capable of defending themselves.

That being said, if Martin had brought up the issue sooner, or if he hadn't engaged in the same behaviors as Incognito, or if his mother wasn't a workplace harassment lawyer, my stance would be completely reversed. As is, I feel bad for Martin if he truly was emotional distraught from the "bullying" he was subjected to and because he will never be viewed the same in an NFL locker room. I just feel that he violated locker room code in bringing this to the attention of the nation, as I can only imagine that far worse things have been said within the confines of the locker room.

<em>This FanPost was written by one of The Falcoholic's talented readers. It does not necessarily reflect the views of The Falcoholic.</em>

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