Monday, November 4, 2013
Posluszny disturbed by bullying allegations
By Michael DiRocco
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny says he never saw Richie Incognito bully or harass anyone while they were teammates in Buffalo in 2009, but they were only in the same locker room for a handful of games and he didn’t know Incognito very well.
"All I know is he came to practice, he worked hard, and he did everything he could to be a professional," Posluszny said. "So this type of stuff, what I’m hearing ... I don’t know him extremely well, but yeah, it’s surprising."
Posluszny was in his third season with Buffalo in 2009 when Incognito joined the Bills in mid-December. Incognito, who had been waived by St. Louis following a verbal confrontation with then-coach Steve Spagnuolo, played in the final three games of the season. He was a free agent and did not re-sign with the Bills after the season.
Posluszny said the allegations of bullying and harassment and use of racial slurs by Incognito toward Miami Dolphins teammate Jonathan Martin were disturbing. A little hazing of rookies and young players is fine -- he had to purchase leather chairs for the linebackers meeting room when he was a Bills rookie in 2007, for example -- but what Martin alleges happened has no place in any locker room, he said.
"There’s a fine line there that you cannot cross because at the end of the day they’re your teammates, you’re playing together on Sunday, and you want everyone to trust each other and be functioning at your best," Posluszny said. "As an older guy I never want a rookie to be able to say, 'Man, Paul was a pain-in-the-a-- veteran to deal with.' I never want that to be the case. I’d much rather them say, 'Man, he really helped me out. He taught me some things.'"