Speaking to a source close to the situation, Walker reports that Incognito feels that he was friends with the fellow offensive lineman and that he was more of a "tough-love older brother" for Martin than a bully.
"It's probably a combination of totally blindsided and a bit betrayed," the source said of Incognito's current state. "He's shocked. He can't believe this happened and thinks it probably could have been avoided."
Incognito was suspended indefinitely by the Dolphins last week after evidence surfaced that the veteran lineman had been verbally abusive in racially charged and abusive voicemails and text messages. The veteran claims that this was merely the regular banter between NFL teammates and that he also protected the young lineman when needed.
More evidence has recently surfaced that the Dolphins management was aware of what was happening, with GM Jeff Ireland apparently telling Martin he should physically confront Incognito if he was so upset with his treatment. The majority of the Dolphins players also have come to the defense of Incognito, feeling that Martin should not have gone public for what they feel is a personal issue.