Many Miami Dolphins players have rallied around offensive lineman Richie Incognito, the player suspended for allegedly bullying fellow lineman Jonathan Martin, defending the former under the notion that Martin broke the bro-culture code that says disputes between teammates should be kept in-house and settled in the locker room. “[A]ll over the league, problems are hashed out in house. Either you talk about it or you get physical. But at the end of the day, you handle it indoors,” former Dolphins lineman Lydon Murtha wrote in defending Incognito Thursday. “Playing football is a man’s job, and if there’s any weak link, it gets weeded out,” Murtha wrote.
Stick to the code. Don’t go to others. Be a man. Handle it yourself. Do it any other way, Murtha and others are saying, and you’re weak, soft, not a man.
That’s not how Terrelle Pryor sees it, though. Asked about the Dolphins’ situation Thursday, the second-year Oakland Raiders quarterback applauded Martin’s courage to stand up against the bullies, even if he didn’t do it with his fists.
“I hope that we see [Jonathan] Martin playing again soon – I’ve watched some tape of him, he’s a good player,” Pryor said, according to Raiders.com. “Hats off to him for standing up and being a man.”
But that wasn’t all. Pryor also insinuated that there should have been leaders — men — in the locker room who stood up for Martin and spoke out about Incognito’s problems (which are only looking worse with each passing day).
“There are some situations where sometimes you have to do that, it’s minor things, but you want to cut things off,” Pryor said. “There are so many situations that pop up – your teammate has one drink or something like that and you want to say, ‘Hey, maybe you should take a cab, come take a cab with me,’ something small like that you just get so much respect from your teammate that you stopped and helped him. It’s just little things like that, it matters and that definitely comes in on a leadership role.”
The NFL could use a few more players with Terrelle Pryor’s definition of manhood. It’s a shame the Dolphins don’t seem to have any.