Zapruder Analysis of Richie Incognito's Interview With FOX's Jay Glazer
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).
Let's get this Zapruder on.
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.
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...