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Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
The report by Ted Wells, the investigator in the NFL bullying scandal, introduced to the public for the first time two bully accomplices of Richie Incognito — Mike Pouncey and John Jerry. With Pouncey and Jerry, the harassment became same-race bullying, neither is white.
The New York Times did a long article profiling the two. Inside the article are statements of denial by friends of Pouncey and Jerry.
An unnamed friend commenting on the reactions of the two
they were upset at how the report characterized what they saw as harmless banter among friends and teammates. Neither had a sense that Martin was feeling bullied
Note how the bullies’ version of the target’s right to feel what he felt is given credibility.
A college coach saying
That’s part of the culture of playing football.
A former teammate saying
Pouncey was not the type to harass teammates.
The article ends with Pouncey’s “father figure” saying:
He’ll be back to playing football. That’s what he needs, and that’s what he’ll do.
Yes. Let’s just move on … so we can forget! Wrong! Lessons must be learned and changes made. If not, this is another example of bully apologists at work to restore the offenders’ image.
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Tags: football culture, John Jerry, Jonathan Martin, locker room bullying, Miami Dolphins, Mike Pouncey, NFL, Richie Incognito, workplace bullying
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