MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Richie Incognito's time with the Dolphins will forever be marred by his role in the "Bullygate" scandal involving former teammate Jonathan Martin.
But Incognito is far from a pariah in Miami.
"I love Richie, man," Dolphins center Mike Pouncey said. "Richie was really good to me. He’s still a really good friend of mine. He’s a hell of a football player. I can't wait to see him."
Pouncey also was accused of harassing Martin, but did not face any NFL discipline. Incognito undoubtedly paid the steepest price, being exiled from the league for more than a year. He has found a home in Buffalo after the Bills signed him to a one-year contract before the 2015 season, rewarding them with a Pro Bowl year before signing a long-term deal this offseason.
"He was a dog here, still a dog up there," Martin said. "He plays the game the way it’s supposed to be played. All the success that he’s getting and that he’s had, is a testament to the way he plays football."
During a conference call with the Miami media this week, Incognito was asked what the lesson from "Bullygate" should be.
"Everything went down the way it did and I think there was what happened in the media and then actually what happened, 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."
Pounced was asked the same question.
"Man, it’s hard to even say," he said. "It’s something that our football team had to deal with. We’re just glad it’s all behind us, honestly. It caused for guys not to be here. We’re just glad it’s over with."