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Rolle: I Chose The Wrong Words, But Martin ‘Does Take Accountability’

Giants Safety Responds To Criticism, Clarifies His Statements
Antrel Rolle (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Antrel Rolle (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin story is the talk of the NFL.

You all know the story by now.

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 offensive.

Incognito has been suspended by Miami, and according to a report he may have played his last game as a Dolphin.

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, and his point of view caused quite a stir.

“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 that 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.”

He also said that Martin is a “grown-a– man” who needs to stand up for himself.

Following the interview, a New Jersey attorney said that Rolle “should be disciplined” by the Giants for his remarks.

“He should be disciplined by the Giants for that,” Nancy Erika Smith told NJ.com. “What is he saying to anybody being bullied, to anybody who’s the victim of racism or discrimination on the Giants? ‘We’re going to blame the victim.’ What did (Martin) do wrong?

“There’s the wakeup call to the Giants’ organization. They need serious training and policies and he’s going to publicly come out and blame the victim? Let’s see the Giants issue a statement that says, ‘This is wrong and (Rolle’s) been counseled.’ That’s what should happen next.”

Amid the criticism, Rolle took to Twitter on Tuesday night to respond to the critics and clear up any confusion about what he said.

He clarified that he’s against bullying, and that Martin is not as much to blame as Incognito. He did maintain, however, that Martin “does take some accountability.”

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