Among the text messages Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito sent to Jonathan Martin are ones that call the right tackle, who is bi-racial, a ‘half n-----’, according to CBS Sports.
Other messages threaten harm to Martin’s family. In another one, Incognito threatens to defecate in Martin’s mouth.
According to ESPN, Incognito sent Martin a voicemail in April with similar remarks.
The voicemail transcribed: “Hey, wassup, you half n----- piece of s---. I saw you on Twitter, you been training 10 weeks. (I want to) s--- in your f---ing mouth. (I’m going to) slap your f---ing mouth. (I’m going to) slap your real mother across the face (laughter). F--- you, you’re still a rookie. I'll kill you.”
The Dolphins said Sunday night they have indefinitely suspended Incognito for “conduct detrimental to the team.”
The announcement came hours after the Dolphins said they and the NFL were investigating bullying and abuse allegations made by Martin.
“We believe in maintaining a culture of respect for one another and as a result we believe this decision is in the best interest of the organization at this time,” the Dolphins said.
Earlier on Sunday, the Dolphins said they had received notifications from Martin’s representative alleging that he had been repeatedly harassed by teammates.
“We are taking these allegations very seriously and plan to review the matter further. We have also reached out to the NFL and asked them to conduct an objective and thorough review,” the Dolphins said.
Martin left the team last week. The Dolphins said Coach Joe Philbin and several teammates had been in touch with him and that “Our primary concern for Jonathan is his overall health and well-being.”
The Dolphins did not elaborate on the allegations against Incognito.
In a series of Tweets, Incognito denied wrongdoing and demanded that his name be cleared.
- with files from Reuters