Giants’ Rolle: Martin ‘allowed it to happen’

Updated: November 5, 2013, 10:14 PM ET


By
Dan Graziano | ESPN.com


New York Giants safety Antrel Rolle apparently is among those who blame Jonathan Martin, at least in part, for the incidents that led to the offensive lineman leaving the Miami Dolphins.

Speaking on his weekly WFAN radio appearance in New York on Tuesday, Rolle made it clear that he believed Richie Incognito, who has been suspended indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team, to be in the wrong for his alleged harassment of Martin.

Rolle
Was Richie Incognito wrong? Absolutely. But I think the other guy is just as much to blame as Richie, because he allowed it to happen. At this level, you’re a man. You’re not a little boy. You’re not a freshman in college. You’re a man.


— Antrel Rolle, to WFAN Radio

But Rolle also indicated a belief that Martin could have done more to prevent himself from being bullied.

“Was Richie Incognito wrong? Absolutely,” Rolle told the radio station. “But I think the other guy is just as much to blame as Richie, because he allowed it to happen.

“At this level, you’re a man. You’re not a little boy. You’re not a freshman in college. You’re a man.”

Multiple sources confirmed to ESPN on Monday that Incognito used racial epithets and profane language toward Martin on multiple occasions.

Sources also say Martin received a series of voice mail messages and texts that included derogatory terms referring to the female anatomy and sexual orientation.

The NFL is investigating the situation while Incognito is suspended and Martin takes a leave of absence. But there is some sense in NFL player circles that locker rooms should be self-policed, and Rolle’s sentiments echo that.

“I think everything has its limits,” Rolle said. “So there’s no way that another man is going to make me pay for something that I choose not to pay for.

“So, Richie Incognito, is he wrong? Absolutely. But I think the other guy is just as much to blame. Hopefully he’s able to bounce back and recover from all that has happened and take awareness of, you know, man, you’re a grown-ass man. You need to stand up for yourself. Hazing is one thing. Bullying is another.”

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