The bullying allegations between Miami Dolphins teammates Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin is still drawing a lot of attention. Martin met with NFL investigator Ted Wells on Friday. On the Today Show on NBC on Monday morning, the interview between Brett Favre and Matt Lauer aired.
Lauer asked Favre what his initial reaction was to Martin’s allegations and he had an interesting respinse.
“You have to be kidding me,” Favre said.
Lauer very quickly asked Favre, “Why?”
“Pro football? Bullying? It’s the toughest sport, most violent. Not to mention you’re men. So it’s not like it’s a little 12-year-old on a playground,” he continued. “And I’m not defending or condoning. All I’m saying is my initial reaction was a grown man who is 320 pounds is getting bullied?”
Favre’s reaction is the same reaction that man Americans have had. They accept it as boys being boys, or typical locker room behavior, or suggest that Martin should’ve stood up for himself and hit Incognito.
“There’s a lot of guys getting picked on,” he said. “Some handle it well. Some don’t handle it as well. I’m not saying it’s right and from a locker room or team stance, I’m not saying it’s wrong. It’s just the way it is.”