Richie Incognito jokes about 'shooting black people' in report

Will Richie Incognito ever play in the NFL again? (USATSI)
Will Richie Incognito ever play in the NFL again? (USATSI)

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Ted Wells didn't just focus on the relationship between Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin during his three month investigation into whether or not Incognito bullied Martin. Wells also looked at Incognito's communication with other individuals to try and figure if Incognito's bullying was possibly racially motivated.

Among Wells' findings was a December 2012 text conversation with an unnamed former Dolphin where Incognito jokes about shooting black people. Twice.

Here's the excerpt from the report.  

On December 13, 2012, Incognito and a former Dolphins offensive lineman, who is white, communicated about purchasing guns, apparently for recreational purposes. (We identify this former Dolphin as Player B.) The discussion veered into jokes about shooting black people:

Player B: Especially if u plan living in Arizona in the future, that's exactly what you want

Incognito: Yea. For picking off zombies

Player B: Lol isn't that why we own any weapons!?

Incognito: That and black people

Player B: Mmm def all black ppl

Four days later, Incognito and Player B discussed rifle scopes in text messages.

Player B: Yes. That's a solid optic made specifically for a .308 battle rifle

Incognito: Perfect for shooting black people

Player B: Lol exactly

Player B: Or Jeff Ireland

That wasn't the only racially-based issue that Wells uncovered during his investigation. On Dec. 7, 2012, just one week before the above conversation took place, Incognito made insensitive comments to an Asian-American trainer. 

From the report:

On December 7, 2012 (the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor), Incognito, Jerry and Pouncey donned traditional Japanese headbands that featured a rising sun emblem and jokingly threatened to harm the Assistant Trainer physically in retaliation for the Pearl Harbor attack. Martin reported that the Assistant Trainer confided to him that he was upset about the Pearl Harbor prank, finding it derogatory and demeaning.

Incognito defended himself in this instance by pointing out that the headbands were a gift from the trainer. 

After investigating Incognito's racial remarks, Wells reached the conclusion that there was no 'underlying malicious intent' on Incognito's part. However, Wells did add that jokes like the one about 'shooting black people' can 'reflect a deep-seated racial hostility.' 

Before quitting Twitter on Friday, Incognito directed a tweet at Wells saying, "You could not define me in 144 years let alone 144 pages Mr Wells. Thank you for your hard work and dedication."

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