Buffalo Bills center Eric Wood has shared a locker room with Richie Incognito. The two players have the same agent in David Dunn.
So Wood knows Incognito, and has followed the case involving the currently embattled guard for the Miami Dolphins, from afar. Incognito is currently at the center of a raging controversy in Miami over allegations that he bullied teammate Jonathan Martin.
“I know Richie personally. That’s a weird situation and not something I want to go too far in depth on,” Wood said today. “Locker-room teasing in the NFL happens. Especially with rookies and stuff, but there is a line you can cross. I’m assuming now that there’s a suspension, they feel a line has been crossed.”
It’s important to note that Wood spoke this morning before the latest allegations against Incognito were reported this afternoon, including that he referred to Martin by a racial slur and threatened his life, according to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Martin left the team last week after an incident in the team’s lunch room, and is in California for “therapy,” according to a report from Fox Sports’ Mike Garafolo.
The Miami Herald reported this afternoon that Incognito is not expected to play for the Dolphins again.
Incognito played three games with Buffalo in 2009, during Wood’s rookie season.
“He gets on everybody,” Wood said. “Not everybody likes Richie Incognito. That’s a fact. I can take his jabs and give it right back to him and we have fun with it. But if you don’t have the right personality and he takes it a little too far, I could definitely see where something has come up out of it.”
Wood said it is common in locker rooms that he has been in, especially among offensive linemen, for players to tease one another.
“That’s the culture I was brought in on, and that’s the culture we still have. I think that it can make you a tighter group, if everybody thinks it’s fun, and you know that’s your culture. But if one guy is getting really picked on, I could see where it can completely tear you apart,” he said.
That certainly appears to be the case with what is currently happening in South Florida.