A growing amount of evidence suggests that the father of Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito has been defending the suspended player on Internet message boards.
On Sunday, the Dolphins suspended Incognito indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team amid reports that the 30-year-old had played a key role in the bullying that drove teammate Jonathan Martin to suffer an “emotional breakdown,” ESPN reports. In a Twitter rant, Incognito dismissed the rumors and demanded that various media outlets “stop slandering [his] name.”
However, Incognito isn’t the only person who remains convinced of his innocence. According to Deadspin, a poster on the popular Dolphins message board FinHeaven who has spent the last few days defending Incognito is likely to be his father.
The FinHeaven poster, who goes by the name “idrd1994,” has posted several inflammatory statements about Martin, fellow teammate Mike Pouncey, and Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin, Deadspin reports. The user reportedly referred to Pouncey and Martin as “black brothers that do drugs on a regular basis.”
“Idrd1994” didn’t stop there. The poster also questioned Martin’s mental state prior to the alleged bullying incident, claiming that the 23-year-old is a “drug addict” who has contemplated suicide. The original post has been deleted, but can be viewed over at Deadspin.
“Ask Jon Martin’s dad how many time [sic] his son has had a gun to his head and wanted to pull the trigger,” the post said. “Yeah, I know the real facts boys and girls [sic] and Martin does not or ever has belonged in an NFL locker room.”
This wasn’t the first time that idrd1994 had accused Martin of being suicidal. As news of a potential NFLPA investigation into possible bullying of Martin broke on Nov. 2, the individual claimed that the Stanford graduate had tried to kill himself in the past.
“NFLPA IS NOT TOUCHING THIS WITH A TEN FOOT POLE. It will come out, Martin has tried to kill himself three previous times. The team is silent because they all know about it, from [team owner Stephen Ross] on down to [general manager Jeff Ireland] and Philbin. If anybody has seen the latest news the NFLPA has decided not to look into the case. Jonathan Martin has had mental issues since College, it will all come out in the wash gentleman, believe me.”
Idrd1994 accused Martin of being suicidal and a drug addict on several other occasions. The posts can be viewed at FinHeavin (registration is required), or over at Deadspin.
By examining idrd1994’s post history, fellow FinHeaven user “TheWalrus” makes a compelling case that Incognito’s staunchest Internet defender is actually his father. According to TheWalrus, idrd1994 "only talks about the offensive line, praises Jeff Darlington (who Richie 'trusted' to write the big feature on Richie) and constantly refers to Jason Smith, the legendary #2 overall draft pick bust of the Rams, who was taken when Incognito was there."
TheWalrus continues, pointing out that idrd1994 had previously posted about growing up in New Jersey and watching the New York Jets while they still played their home games at Shea Stadium. Deadspin notes that Richie Incognito Jr. was born in New Jersey.
In addition, TheWalrus discovered that the user name idrd1994 had also been used on a message board for RC car enthusiasts. Sure enough, the idrd1994 account on the RC car forum identified the poster’s hometown as Glendale, Ariz. The family moved to Glendale when Incognito, Jr., was 11 years old.
The idrd1994 user name pops up elsewhere. Deadspin discovered an identical account on MyLife.com, which identifies that poster as Richie Incognito, a 63-year-old man from Glendale, Ariz.
Despite the evidence, it remains unclear if the idrd1994 account actually belongs to Richie Incognito, Sr. Neither the elder Incognito nor the suspended Dolphins player has addressed the theory.