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NEW YORK (WFAN) – The Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin story continues to be the talk of the NFL.
Martin, an offensive tackle on the Miami Dolphins, has left the team after Incognito allegedly harassed him with threatening text messages and voicemails that were racially-charged in nature.
Giants safety Antrel Rolle joined WFAN co-hosts Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts in his weekly spot on Tuesday to offer his thoughts on the controversial situation.
“Richie Incognito, is he wrong? Absolutely,” Rolle told Joe & Evan. ”But I think the other guy is just as much to blame because he’s allowed it to happen.”
Further elaborating, Rolle said he would never allow himself to get involved in such a situation.
“First of all, know something like that would never, ever happen to myself, because I wouldn’t allow it to happen,” the two-time Pro Bowler said. “… You know, at this level, you’re a man. You’re not a little boy. You’re not a freshman in college. You’re a man. So I think everything has its limits. So there’s no way that another man is gonna make me pay for something that I choose not to pay for.”
Rolle hopes that Martin is able to get back on the field, but again, he reiterated he believes the second-year player deserves some blame.
“Hopefully he’s able to bounce back and recover from all that has happened and understand it, and take awareness of, you know, that, you’re a grown-a– man,” Rolle said. “You need to stand up for yourself.”
Rolle added that the controversy in Miami is “absolutely not” an indication of a league-wide issue.
“Hazing is hazing,” the 30-year-old said. “You’re gonna go through it at the collegiate level, you’re gonna go through it at the professional level. But once it gets beyond that point and once it becomes a personal thing, that’s where the problems (happen). As teammates, it’s extremely important that you respect one another. … Respect is a must within a locker room.”
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