Bills left guard Richie Incognito said Wednesday that he has declined to speak with Jonathan Martin since the 2013 bullying scandal despite Martin's attempts to get in touch.
"He’s reached out and tried to speak a few times, but I have nothing to say," Incognito told Miami reporters on a conference call.
"I think the story’s kind of played itself out. Jonathan and I were close friends. I cared about him," Incognito said when asked if there's anything he wants people to know about the scandal. "If anyone was there for Jonathan, it was me."
Martin left the Dolphins midway through the 2013 season to receive professional treatment for emotional issues. He later admitted to depression and said he had attempted suicide. Incognito was suspended for conduct detrimental to the team and sat out the 2014 season after NFL-appointed investigator Ted Wells released a report detailing the bullying Martin received. Incognito signed with the Bills in February 2015 while Martin chose to retire.
"Jonathan had his troubles," Incognito added. "He had his demons, like we all do. And he left for whatever reason, and he handled it the way he did. And then the story kind of takes on a life of its own and there’s the narrative that Jonathan and his camp wants you to believe, and then there’s, like I said, what me, Mike Pouncey, what John Jerry, what Jim Turner, what we know what happened. And I can sleep good at night knowing what happened and what my actions were. I’m not saying I was a saint but I sleep well at night knowing what I did."
Bills coach Rex Ryan was also asked by Miami reporters what he saw in Incognito before signing him.
"I just let him know that everybody makes mistakes in life," Ryan said. "I’m certainly one that’s made several in my life. But you know what? Everybody deserves another opportunity as well and, with Richie, I saw a guy that – you know, there are no do-overs. But he owned it, he did everything, and he has been unbelievable here. In fact, he’s a leader here. Every teammate respects him and he’s earned that right."
Incognito said he's "still searching for the lesson" in the aftermath of the scandal.
"Everything went down the way it did and I think there was what happened in the media and then actually what happened," Incognito said. "And only me, Jonathan Martin and the guys in that locker room know exactly what happened. And that sticks. So as far as lesson, I think it’s tough."
Incognito said the Bills didn't give him any "guidelines" to follow when they signed him. He also thanked team owners Terry and Kim Pegula, general manager Doug Whaley and Ryan, who "stuck their neck out on the line for me."