Thursday on SiriusXM NFL Radio, soon-to-be free agent offensive lineman Tyson Clabo criticized the Wells Report, which investigated the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin harassment allegations, and defended the NFL’s locker room culture.
Clabo, who said Incognito was on his way to a Pro Bowl season for the Dolphins before he was suspended, said the exchanges between Incognito and Martin weren’t “harassment for the sake of harassment.”
“I don’t think the people that were around those situations, that were in the report, feel that was an accurate portrayal of the spirit of those events,” Clabo, who played for the Miami Dolphins last season, said.
“No one is trying to hurt anyone’s feelings,” he continued. “It’s just, I don’t know, it’s a locker room. It’s a situation that people in the every day won’t understand. So when they read that report, it’s difficult for them to comprehend what goes on every day.”
According to Clabo, Incognito and Martin were, more than anything else, friends.
“I’ve been in a lot of situations,” Clabo said. “I’ve been in the league for a long time. And when I was here and what I saw, I saw two guys that were buddies. And really, the thing that I wish had happened, is that I wished he [Martin] had come to us and said, ‘Hey, I’m having a problem.” And then maybe we could have worked it out. But that wasn’t the path he took, and this is what happened, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”
Clabo added that he would play alongside Incognito again.
“For me, personally, the guy was a really good teammate,” Clabo said. “There’s no doubt that Richie comes with some baggage. Everybody knows that. But he was a good teammate in the locker room, and an even better football player on the field. I wouldn’t begrudge any team for signing Richie.”
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