Today’s athletes, collegiate and professional, are under the microscope 24/7 and the players reputations are on the line day in and day out. There have been many instances where players have said something not knowing the implications of those words and get ridiculed immediately because of it. The one case that has been in the news across the country for the last couple weeks, is the story of Richie Incognito. Richie Incognito is an NFL offensive lineman for the Miami Dolphins and has been suspended from the team because of his actions towards fellow lineman and friend Jonathan Martin. Martin has claimed that Incognito has been harassing him throughout the football season and thus causing psychological problems for Martin. The media has been covering this story from the beginning and can be seen on sport shows and news channels across the country daily. Incognito’s reputation has been shredded as of late because of words he had allegedly exchanged with Martin in which he had been accused of being racist because of.
Since this story was such a great ordeal, it is extremely difficult for Incognito to get his reputation back to where it was as a respectable person and player. This clip is Incognito in his attempt at clearing his name, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTqT9wHAq3s There are some people that assume that by hearing it on the news it is entirely true and do not feel the need to do further research about this story and therefore, Incognito’s persona is damaged and people may never view him as an honorable person anymore. Because the initial reports about Incognito were so terrible and disrespectful, it is hard for people to change their mindset about him because they formed their conclusion on him from the very beginning.
There are many stories just like this that happen all over the world that may not get the attention like this instance because the people may not be well recognized and popular. This however comes with the territory of athletes and they understand that they are always under scrutiny and must think before they speak, whether publicly or privately because as it shows in past scenarios, it can always become public whether you think it can or not.