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As legendary NFL quarterbacks, Brett Favre and Joe Montana would know.
But when asked about the controversy involving Miami Dolphins offensive linemen Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito, Favre said he was shocked while Montana mostly shrugged, calling the NFL locker room a "fun, crazy place."
I'm not saying it's right, and from a locker-room sense or from a team sense, I'm not saying it's wrong. It's just the way it is.” -- Brett Favre
Favre, speaking in an interview aired Monday on NBC's "Today" show, expressed surprise at the scandal, differing in his reaction from San Francisco 49ers great Montana, who was at the Great Wall of China on Monday on a tour to promote football in a country where relatively few are familiar with the sport.
"My initial reaction was, 'You gotta be kidding me,'" Favre said. "Pro football -- bullying? It's the toughest sport, most violent, not to mention you're men, some older than others. So it's not like a little 12-year-old on the playground.
"All I'm saying is my initial reaction was, 'A grown man that's 320 pounds is getting bullied?'"
Montana said the controversy will work itself out, asserting that bullying was common in the league though more information is needed to determine what exactly happened. Montana said the locker room is a "fun, crazy place," but added, "it's a tough place, too, sometimes."
An NFL special investigator will question players this week about what happened between Martin and Incognito.
"I never thought I would see it," Favre, who played most of his career with the Green Bay Packers, told the NBC show. "I'm not saying it's not possible. I'm not saying it didn't happen. I don't know. There's a lot of guys getting picked on [in the locker room]. Some handle it well, some don't handle it as well.
"I'm not saying it's right, and from a locker-room sense or from a team sense, I'm not saying it's wrong. It's just the way it is."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.