Should the NFL ban the bully?

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Matt's Take:

There is no room in the NFL for ignorance, hatred and racism.

There is no room in the NFL for stupidity, abuse and bullying.

There is no room in the NFL for Richie Incognito.

Given the revelations documented in the Wells Report, the National Football League should ban this bully for life.

His patterns of abuse and hatred are despicable and cannot be tolerated in professional sports.

I've never been in an NFL locker room, but I'm tired of hearing about how these acts are commonplace, perhaps normal. To degrade another human being to the point where they question their soul is unforgivable. Jonathan Martin was belittled and mentally abused to the point where he walked away from the Miami Dolphins and the NFL to seek a mental evaluation.

Incognito was suspended by the Dolphins at the onset of the controversy, which effectively ended his season and more than likely his career with Miami. But honestly, that wasn't enough. Commissioner Roger Goodell needs to step in and show NFL fans that this type of behavior won't be tolerated.

This abuse wouldn't fly in most circles, but the NFL is different. This is a league that tolerates players’ unruly behavior and conduct that most people would be put in jail for.

The NFL has a bad boy image. It's a league plagued by high-profile steroid users, pot smokers, adulterers, bullies, bigots and greedy businessmen who are willing to win at any cost.

Sure, I love the game of football, and the NFL is the crown jewel of North American sports, but the league has some serious problems that need to be addressed.

Think about it: Hefty suspensions were handed out for Spygate and Bountygate, so it's time for the NFL to drop the hammer and make an example out of Incognito.

Andrew’s Take:

It’s really sad when you become apathetic to the survival of another person.

Such a feeling, when first recognized, is pivotal. I don’t remember when I became conscious of this lack of sensitivity, but it was depressing.

But I came to terms with my outlook. I realized that it was actually a virtue. Those who are good will be considered, and those who are not good will receive none of my precious energy.

I wouldn’t begin to think that my perspective is common, but I’m sure that others sympathize. There are over 7 billion people on this planet, and if I’m lucky, I’ll be counted in that growing number for about 80 years.

So, if there is a person who does more bad than good, and this person will never change, why should I have regard for this particular life?

If something tragic, even grievous, happened to Richie Incognito, I would not care.

Settle down. I’m not wishing tragedy upon the guy. But his well-being and happiness mean nothing to me.

Given, Incognito’s exchange with Jonathan Martin was not intentionally malicious. But it doesn’t take a genius to understand that certain things should never be said.

What good can come from dropping racist, homophobic or sexist comments? Even if the best-of-intentions lie behind the conversation?

Like a teenager, the only way that Incognito could conceive to be comedic was to communicate offensively. This “adult” has seen more financial success than 99 percent of our country, and I’m supposed to sympathize with his mistakes? Nope. He’s had more opportunity than everyone else to make something “good” of himself, and he didn’t.

But, should Incognito be banished from the NFL? No.

I do not believe that organizations should adjudge sanctions from which the punished cannot return.

If I were an NFL GM, I wouldn’t hire the guy, and I’d imagine that most front offices don’t want that heat either. Incognito’s reputation will be his punishment.