Scott slams Incognito: Give him the boot!
November, 4, 2013
By Matt Ehalt | ESPNNewYork.com
Bart Scott wants to see Richie Incognito get the boot out the door.
"I want to see [NFL commissioner] Roger Goodell step up and talking about player conduct and protecting the shield -- this guy needs to be out of this league," Scott said on the Stephen A. Smith & Ryan Ruocco show on ESPN 98.7 FM. "He needs to be gone. No one would miss him, anyway. Trust me."
The former Jets and Ravens linebacker lit into the Dolphins guard Monday for his alleged bullying of teammate Jonathan Martin. Incognito is currently indefinitely suspended by the Dolphins, while Martin is not with the team.
"It doesn't surprise me one bit. He's a fake tough guy. He's a guy that suffers from mood swings, if you know what I mean. That's something we've always known," said Scott, who competed against Incognito during his career. "One of the dirtiest players, if not the dirtiest player I've ever played against."
Scott, who once threw a punch at Incognito following a game and called him a coward, acknowledged there's rookie hazing and different ways players tease one another but couldn't believe the lengths Incognito went to in his alleged bullying.
"Take it to a point where you're harassing him by phone?" Scott said. "You got to be some type of loser in your spare time away from the building you want to call me and leave threatening messages and text messages on my phone. That's taking bullying to a whole other level."
Al Pereira/New York Jets/Getty ImagesBart Scott said Dolphins guard Richie Incognito's alleged harassment doesn't surprise him.
The former linebacker said some people may look at Martin and wonder how he could be bullied at 6-foot-5, 312 pounds, but this shows anyone can be a victim. Fortunately, Scott continued, the situation didn't escalate.
"They better be lucky that this kid didn't reach one of the points that some of these other people get bullied and bring a gun to work and we have some type of tragic incident on our hands because he can't just take enough," Scott said. "Thank God that he just walked away."
Scott was highly critical of the Dolphins' front office and their locker room for not preventing it.
He said he was disturbed the veterans on the team, including center Mike Pouncey, didn't step up and put a stop to it. Scott added that the rest of the offensive line is just as guilty as Incognito if they let it go on, as is coach Joe Philbin if he knew about it. Scott had a hard time believing the team wasn't aware.
"There's no way somebody can be that uncomfortable and that bullied that you don't know when you spend that much time with him and there's that many eyes around him at the same time," he said.
While Scott was certainly disgusted with Incognito, he was previously involved in an act that some would consider bullying during Jets training camp in 2010. Scott was one of the ringleaders in strapping cornerback Brian Jackson to the goal post before showering him with Gatorade and Icy Hot. The moment was shown on HBO's "Hard Knocks" television show.