Through a league source, The Big Lead has obtained the full transcript of over 1,000 text messages Incognito and Martin swapped between October 2012 and November 2013. The messages are what you’d expect from wealthy, young athletes: Incessant talk about partying, drinking, and chasing women. And there is plenty of bawdy back-and-forth banter that at times reads like a fraternity brother hazing a pledge. If Incognito was indeed tasked with ‘toughening up’ Martin – a question Dolphins coach Joe Philbin refused to answer in early November – did he cross a line? The text exchanges should offer some insight into the relationship between Incognito and Martin.
WARNING: Many of these text messages contain X-rated descriptions and explicit language. We redacted email addresses and home addresses, as well as photos and videos that showed the faces of others.
A few exchanges that may catch your eye:
* Early January, 2013: The much-discussed Vegas trip. Incognito tells Martin he needs to bring $6k. Martin bails.
* Between the Super Bowl and mid-March in 2013, Incognito appears most interested in how Martin’s offseason is going. That’s when there’s the most chatter about preparation for the following season.
* In late September 2013, Martin appears to pull back from the partying and hanging out, and he does so again in mid-October, right before he leaves the team.