Must-see morning clip: Incognito blames racism on football culture

The suspended Miami Dolphin, in first TV interview, says his racist slurs were part of "relationship" with players

By Natasha Lennard

Published November 10, 2013 3:03PM (EST)

 Richie Incognito on Fox Sports (Screenshot, Fox Sports)
Richie Incognito on Fox Sports (Screenshot, Fox Sports)

Richie Incognito, the Miami Dolphins offensive guard, granted his first TV interview to Fox Sports. Speaking to Fox's Jay Glazer, the football player defended the racial slurs he had sent to former teammate Jonathan Martin, which reportedly prompted Martin to quit the team and led to Incognito's suspension.

In the interview, Incognito suggests that racist parlance and goading is simply an entrenched part of locker room culture. "This isn't an issue about bullying," Incognito said. "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."

Watch the clip below:

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