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Dolphins mess: Getting worse

It just keeps getting worse for the Miami Dolphins.

Now it appears that the resident psycho, Richie Incognito, was reportedly acting on a request from the coaching staff when he left the now-famous racist, threatening voice mail for Jonathan Martin last spring. So not only did the coaches apparently know what was going on, they encouraged it.

If so, head coach Joe Philbin and his staff will be the next dominoes to fall, and you can throw the GM, Jeff Ireland, in there, too, because if the coaching staff knew about this, so did he. All of them to some degree are responsible for a locker room culture that, the more we learn about it, seems at the very least dysfunctional and at most nearly psychotic.

I mean, a nutjob like Richie Incognito on your "leadership council"? That alone seems incredibly whacko.

The football culture being as overly served with testosterone as it is, of course, there are people now coming out in defense of Incognito and trashing Martin for not being tough enough to "take it." This is the same twisted mentality you heard from certain Bobbyheads back in the Knight era at IU, when a kid would decide playing college basketball wasn't worth all the head games Knight used to play with his charges. The kid was right; the reward was to get castigated as a wimp who left the insanity behind because he couldn't "take it."

My response to that was always "Why should he have to?" And that's my response to this, too -- especially when you hear from the myriad former pros who've come forward the last few days to say that nothing about the bizarre behavior in Miami remotely reflected what usually goes on in an NFL locker room.

Before you start generalizing and spewing nonsense about the "jock mentality," you might want to consider that. Because what's going on in Miami isn't normal. It's just not.

Ben Smith's blog.