By Rob Hamilton / 92-9 The Game / CBS Sports Atlanta
What part did racial animosity play in Richie Incognito’s treatment of Jonathan Martin?
The Wells Report finds that “when considering racial animus, certain of Incognito’s text messages that do not relate directly to Martin are relevant to assessing his racial attitudes.”
The report goes on to say, “Specifically, on December 13, 2012, Incognito and a former Dolphins offensive lineman, who is white, communicated about purchasing guns, apparently for recreational purposes. (We identify this former Dolphin as Player B.)”
Wells says, “The discussion veered into jokes about shooting black people:”
The following exchange is then noted:
Player B: Especially if u plan living in Arizona in the future, that’s exactly what you want
Incognito: Yea. For picking off zombies
Player B: Lol isn’t that why we own any weapons!?
Incognito: That and black people
Player B: Mmm def all black ppl
Four days later, Incognito and Player B discussed rifle scopes in text messages.
Player B: Yes. That’s a solid optic made specifically for a .308 battle rifle
Incognito: Perfect for shooting black people
Player B: Lol exactly
Player B: Or Jeff Ireland
The Report concludes, “We accept that these messages are nothing more than thoughtless banter, with no underlying malicious intent. But such jokes are nonetheless reprehensible and arguably reflect deep-seated racial hostility.”