Ravens Address Miami Dolphins Player Richie Incognito Hazing Controversy

MIAMI (WJZ) — Suspended Miami Dolphins player Richie Incognito makes his first public comments since being benched during a bullying investigation. This, as the Ravens talk candidly about hazing in the NFL.

Christie Ileto has more.

The embattled Dolphin remains tightlipped about the bullying allegations, only saying he’s trying to weather the storm.

Richie Incognito had little to say to the cameras, days after allegations surfaced he bullied Miami Dolphins teammate Jonathan Martin into leaving the team by using racial slurs and profanity laced messages.

“No comment right now,” he said.

But new video just posted by celebrity gossip site TMZ shows the suspended NFL player shouting topless at a bar earlier this year, using profanity and the “n” word to refer to one of his teammates.

The NFL continues to investigate whether Incognito crossed the line with Martin.

“We’re not a hazing team. That’s not what we’re about,” said Ravens head coach John Harbaugh.

And for the first time Wednesday, the Baltimore Ravens are addressing the controversy.

Coach John Harbaugh says there are some fun things Ravens rookies do, like buy chicken for the road trips, but bullying as a way for players to earn their stripes isn’t tolerated.

“From my personal experience in Baltimore, it would never happen,” said Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith. “We have great leadership and guys are focused on trying to win. If you’re out there focusing on trying to win, a little hazing and things like that, it doesn’t matter,” he said.

As for the league’s ongoing investigation, it’s a cautionary tale — bullying won’t be tolerated at football’s highest level.

So far, Martin has not publicly commented on what happened to him.

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