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Richie Incognito breaks silence with Twitter tirade, proving he hasn't learned a thing

Posted by Erik Frenz  February 13, 2014 07:00 AM

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The scandal involving Dolphins offensive linemen Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito is nearing an end, but not without another major development.

Attorney Ted Wells' independent investigation will be released soon, but not soon enough for Incognito, who took to Twitter on Wednesday to air his thoughts on some of the events, with one particularly stirring revelation.

That's a dramatic shift from just eight days ago.

Incognito's character was assaulted in the media for months, largely based on fragments of fragments of out-of-context material. There is no contextualization necessary here. At least before, there was some room to wonder whether Incognito was really a bad guy, or if he had just been painted that way.

To give a new twist to an old saying, it's better to keep your mouth shut and have people think you're a bully than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. Incognito is frustrated, and in his anger, he proved that he hasn't learned a thing over the past few months.

Make no mistake; he feels justified in his contempt toward Martin. There have been reports over the months that the two were very close friends, and the leaked text messages between the two seems relate a strong friendship.

It will be hard to move on from anything if Incognito keeps perpetuating the idea that he's a bully by doing things like tweeting out his teammate's suicidal thoughts.

He had an opportunity to go out quietly, to let this end with Wells' report. If Incognito is right, he would be exonerated of guilt — or at least come out looking like the lesser of two evils.

But now? Even if allegations of bullying weren't true before, they're definitely true now.

We won't have to wait much longer to learn the whole truth — and to find out who is buried under it. Either way, though, Incognito isn't helping his image much with this latest string of tweets, and after months of keeping his mouth shut, he seems to have opened it at just the wrong time.

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