NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Giants kicker Josh Brown has known Richie Incognito a long time, and said it pains him to see what his former teammate has gotten himself involved in.
But Brown isn’t surprised by it at all.
“None of it shocks me,” Brown told the Daily News on Monday. “I don’t know any details, obviously. The league hasn’t released anything. But Richie seems to be a person with a tortured soul. He’s had these issues for quite a while and it’s sad.”
Incognito, a 30-year-old former All-Pro guard, was suspended Sunday for misconduct related to the treatment of teammate Jonathan Martin, who abruptly left the team a week ago to receive help for emotional issues.
The league and union were told that Incognito “sent Martin text messages and left him voicemails that are both threatening and racially charged in nature,” FOXSports.com reported.
Incognito left the following voicemail for Martin in April, according to ESPN: “Hey, wassup, you half n—– piece of s—. I saw you on Twitter, you been training 10 weeks. (I want to) s— in your f—— mouth. (I’m going to) slap your f—— mouth. (I’m going to) slap your real mother across the face (laughter). F— you, you’re still a rookie. I’ll kill you.”
Martin was not with the Dolphins for their win over Cincinnati on Thursday.
“It’s sad to see, because he was a friend of mine and still is,” added Brown, who played with Incognito at the University of Nebraska and also spent time with him when the two suited up for the St. Louis Rams. “I played with him in college and he had a lot of problems in college. I played with him with the Rams, and not severe issues there … but this seems to be something that has been haunting him for more than a decade.
“This seems to be somebody who’s really got some demons that are out of the building.”
Brown told the Daily News he remembers rumors of Incognito barricading himself in a room and other “signs of depression.”
“At this point,” Brown said, “it may cost him his career for good.”
Brown and the Giants got back to work Monday following their bye week. They begin a stretch of three straight home games this Sunday against Oakland.
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