London Fletcher says Richie Incognito situation wouldn't happen in Washington
(WJLA) - Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher, a 16-year NFL veteran and one of the league's elder statesmen, has seen his share of hazing in and around league locker rooms.
However, as the saga in Miami between Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin continues to unfold, he insists that he has seen nothing like what has apparently happened in the Dolphins locker room.
“Making a rookie carrying your shoulder pads, bringing breakfast sandwiches, things like that,” Fletcher said Tuesday.
According to ESPN and other media reports, Incognito sent threatening texts and voicemails to his second-year teammate throughout the past two seasons. Martin has since left the team, while the Dolphins have suspended Incognito indefinitely.
“What [Incognito] said shows racism (and) bigotry," said Fletcher.
Fletcher vows such a thing would never fester in the Redskins locker room.
“The players first and foremost need to control their locker room," Fletcher said. "Your veteran guys...that’s what I’m mostly disappointed in.
"There was not a guy on that team that stepped in and stood up for that young man.”
The NFL Players Association says it will insist on a fair investigation for all involved in the Miami Dolphins harassment case.
In a statement Tuesday, the union said it expects that the NFL and its clubs create a safe and professional workplace for all players. The union said it is the duty of this union to hold teams accountable for safety and professionalism in the workplace.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.