Zapruder Analysis of Richie Incognito's Interview With FOX's Jay Glazer

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Let's get this Zapruder on.
It's been quite a year for the NFL, and I'm not talking about on the field. Off the field, the soap opera has been depressingly interesting (or interestingly depressing, depending on how you look at it).

For starters, you had an offseason crime spree by players (and even some front office folks, what up Denver Broncos?) that was so prolific that it made previous offseasons seem downright safe by comparison. The collective NFL rap sheet was highlighted by a murder charge to the tight end of one of the league's marquee teams, and a trial that is still ongoing. Sweet.

You have the back and forth struggle between the league and former players over concussion fallout, a battle the league hoped would go away by cutting a $750 million check, but thanks in part to a recent documentary exposing a rampant, decades long cover up by the NFL, it probably isn't ever going away.

And now you have locker room bullying, or as mob soldiers might call it, "this Richie Incognito thing."

And yet television ratings and revenue streams have never been higher. Man, when it comes to maintaining its popularity, this league has been one big, $9 billion heat check!

Certainly, front and center lately has been Incognito and his alleged bullying of teammate Jonathan Martin, which has now bled into a racial territory that transcends just the garden variety "preying on the weak" (which reminds me, speaking of racism, did I mention Riley Cooper earlier? No? Well, RILEY COOPER!). Incognito's sordid past is well documented, going all the way back to his days at Nebraska in the early 2000's and culminating, up until recently, with Texans defensive end Antonio Smith attempting to play whack-a-mole with his helmet and Incognito's face over continued dirty play in a preseason game.

If you believe Jonathan Martin, a second year offensive lineman out of Stanford and Incognito's teammate who recently left the team over this issue, Incognito has repeatedly bullied him since Martin arrived there after the 2012 draft, to the extent that Incognito left voicemail messages calling Martin a "half [racial slur]," promising to defecate in his mouth, and promising unspeakable acts on Martin's family.

Nice guy.

If you believe Incognito...well, hey, rather than lay out Incognito's story, I'll let you be the judge. Incognito told his story in a recorded interview with FOX's Jay Glazer that aired Sunday morning. Here it is, followed by Zapruder style analysis.

Oh, and before you watch this, you need to know that Jay Glazer has a business relationship with Richie Incognito. As he's done with several NFL players, Glazer has mentored Incognito in MMA style training during the offseason to help forward his football career. This is great for Glazer when it comes to having accurate and timely sources on scooping NFL stories. This is horrific for Glazer when it comes to evaluating an interview he conducts as being even remotely objective.

Also, the jump cuts and highly edited nature of this recorded interview don't help either.

Ok, let's go...



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12 comments
Ryan Bradley Heine
Ryan Bradley Heine

conspiracies flow both ways LaFauci. look out for Martin's carefully crafted video statement to come out this week. the story from buddy who knows several players is that Martin snapped one day. he's not cut out for pro football. he doesn't hold icognito responsible. but his "camp" has taken control of this thing, released the voicemail, planted seeds in the media, so that they can get some cash from the nfl.

Ryan Bradley Heine
Ryan Bradley Heine

as do 99% of football players. what's important is reviewing facts instead of gobbling up the narrative fed to you.

Matt Adams
Matt Adams

So what would you of asked differently Raymond? Glazer hit all the important questions.

Ryan Bradley Heine
Ryan Bradley Heine

Raymond, you are ignoring facts once again. Are Martin's texts a fluff job? Please deal in reality instead of conspiracies. And btw, ESPN/ABC have contracts with the nfl and have been hammering incognito, and like you, ignoring facts.

Puller58
Puller58

The whole point is that Incognito's agent apparently got an attorney and they coached this oaf into this "interview."  Frankly, the guy is made to order for Vince McMahon.  WWE's newest heel.

Raymond Guy LaFauci
Raymond Guy LaFauci

Candid? These were 100% softball questions. This was a fluff job for Richie's, the NFL's, and FOX's benefit. Better believe each question was OKed by Richie's lawyer.

Zachary White
Zachary White

Ryan nailed it. Fins players are all mum on Martin and mostly have good things to say about Incognito. It's funny that Martin has taken all the steps that would lead to a law suit while obviously being coached by one of his 'rents. I'm of the opinion that they were/are lovers and had a little falling out.

David Alan Turchen
David Alan Turchen

This Zapruder commentary edited and left out all sorts of stuff...sort of what he accuses the interview of doing. Why not just submit the entire text log and let it speak for itself. I haven't seen it so I will wait and then make an informed opinion.

Ryan Bradley Heine
Ryan Bradley Heine

did you watch the interview (which was candid, on the spot, and not a prepared statement with the assistance of counsel? or did you just make assumptions about the interview set up... have you seen all of the text messages from martin to incognito, especially the one to incognito AFTER he left the team? have you see all of the statements from players in the locker room close to the situation? did you take notice that martin is being treated for an undisclosed illness? did you take notice that martin's mother is an employment lawyer who makes a living suing employers? Just making sure you have all of the facts that contradict your narrative.

Raymond Guy LaFauci
Raymond Guy LaFauci

FOX interviewing a complete cad, trying to minimize damage in something (their NFL contract) they are heavily invested in.

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