“Being like everybody is the same as being nobody.” – Rod Serling
There are men who will rail angrily at the company they work for, charging that they don’t care about the safety of their workers, but will stoutly defend the NFL when it comes to the matter of football players and head injuries.
The same holds true for bullying; behavior we would not tolerate in family members, friends or co-workers is laughed off with a nudge and a wink when an athlete like Richie Incognito of the Miami Dolphins indulges in it, even going so far as using what we now refer to as the “N’” word – oh, what a load of crap.
Not crap that Incognito indulged his Inner and Outer Moron, but that we (and I am one of those) who are such delicate wallflowers that we only use the first letter of that ugly word. It cleanses such incidents when we do that.
Incognito has now sought refuge in the old, “Some of my best friends are black” defense used by so many from the 1960s, as he now says that he was victim Jonathan Martin’s “best friend” on the team.
Those of us who survived high school with our personalities and sense of humors intact have met lots of guys like Richie Incognito – and his enablers, both on and off the field.
Lydon Murtha , one of Incognito’s former teammates, had this to say in “Incognito and Martin: An Insider’s Story”:
“From the beginning, when he was drafted in April 2012, Martin did not seem to want to be one of the group. He came off as standoffish and shy to the rest of the offensive linemen. He couldn’t look anyone in the eye, which was puzzling for a football player at this level on a team full of grown-ass men. We all asked the same question: Why won’t he be open with us? What’s with the wall being put up?”
Well, I’ve known guys like Incognito (do “grown-ass men” really call themselves Richie?) and the eloquent Murtha for years, whether they be in high school, politics or the workplace. Cretins for whom the very idea that someone not want to graze with the same herd, on the same hillside, is abominable to them.
Such creatures must be bent to their will or sent to the slaughterhouse.
People like Incognito and his ilk are no better than the bully in the workplace, whether they are harassing you over the work you do, or sexually harassing you. They shouldn’t be tolerated, and should be culled from the herd.
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Quote of the Day
There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest. – Elie Wiesel