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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Richie Incognito camp goes on offensive, reveals Jonathan Martin sent inappropriate texts

01.31.14 at 8:04 am ET

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NBA: Thunder at Nets, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
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College basketball: Cleveland State at Detroit, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Manhattan at Iona, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Murray State at Austin Peay, 9 pm. (CBSSN)
NHL: Islanders at Rangers, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
College hockey: Boston College at Providence, 7 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
College hockey: Boston University at UMass, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Women’s Soccer: Exhibition, Canada at United States, 9 p.m. (FS1)


— Suspended Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito, who reportedly wants to return to the NFL next season, hired a PR firm to help repair his image following allegations that he bullied teammate Jonathan Martin, and on Thursday his camp went on the attack. One of Incognito’s lawyers revealed that Martin sent vulgar texts to Incognito that were as bad or worse as the infamous voicemail message Incognito left for Martin, and other messages implied Martin was using marijuana.

“The coarse and unacceptable comments and text messages that were sent to Jonathan Martin were of the same poor taste as those sent by him,” Incognito attorney Mark Schamel wrote in a statement to Fox News. “All of these communications were provided to Ted Wells and the NFL investigation. What they show is banter between friends, not bullying.”

Added Schamel: “Jonathan Martin sent text messages to Richie Incognito which included threats to send someone over to Richie Incognito’€™s home with a ‘tranquilizer gun and sandpaper condoms’ to homosexually rape him. Jonathan Martin sent another that said he would ‘kill [Incognito’s] whole family.’ There was another where Jonathan Martin indicated he would ejaculate in Richie’€™s face.”

On June 13 of last year, Martin texted that he “smoked for the first time in 5 months,” and two months later Martin wrote, “My friend Mary Jane has me glued to the couch.” Incognito wrote back and called him a “stoner.”

A spokeswoman for Martin said Thursday that the chain of texts shows that Martin was truing to fit in with the team by conversing in a manner similar to Incognito.

— According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, Rams owner Stan Kroenke purchased a 60-acre parking lot in Inglewood — at the site of the Forum (the Lakers’ former home) and the now-defunct Hollywood Park racecourse — fueling speculation that the team might move back to Southern California.

The Rams, who left Los Angeles in 1994, reportedly can end their stadium lease with St. Louis after the 2014 season, and the team is said to be seeking about $700 million in upgrades, far more than the $124 million the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission proposed.

Kroenke bought the land from Wal-Mart, which put it up for sale after failing to get approval to build a superstore there. Madison Square Garden Co., which owns the Forum, had planned to buy the land.

Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts said he would welcome a football stadium if the development included businesses that would be open year-round.

“It would not surprise me at all that there would be interest in a football stadium,” Butts told the Times. “We have been the home of sports teams before, and we have experience working with sports franchises. ‘€¦ If there is to be interest by the NFL, we have the most desirable location.”

— Former Jets quarterback Joe Namath says head injuries from his NFL career have left him with brain damage.

In an interview with “CBS Sunday Morning,” Namath talked about the toll football had on his body.

“I’ve been through some things medically,” Namath said. “I’ve seen some things on my brain. But I’ve had some treatment — and I’ve improved.

“None of the body was designed to play football. Excuse me, you know, football, we’re just not designed for.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 31, 1971, in a 6-0 rout of the Blues, Bobby Orr scored twice to become the second defenseman in Bruins history with 100 career goals. Who was the first? (Hint: This player also played forward.)

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Up until that day that we found out that information [about Spygate], you had never heard me say anything about that [Patriots] team or about what they did. And I still consider [Bill] Belichick one of the greatest coaches. I still consider Tom Brady one of the greatest players. That team and what they did, and went on that run, it was great. The only thing that bothers me is there’€™s something that exists that gives us doubt on why the game went the way it did.” — Former Rams running back Marshall Faulk, talking to Mut & Merloni on Thursday, questioning the Patriots’ victory in Super Bowl XXXVI

STAT OF THE DAY: 4-0 — Canadiens goalie Peter Budaj‘s record against the Bruins at TD Garden, with his latest win coming in Thursday’s 4-1 victory

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman, who is legally deaf, surprises two young hearing-impaired Seahawks fans with Super Bowl tickets.

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From Wednesday’s Spurs-Bulls game, San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich delivers another memorable in-game interview, summing up his thoughts on the third quarter by stating, “We’re behind.”

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TRIVIA ANSWER: Aubrey “Dit” Clapper

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Harry Wayne Casey, lead singer of KC and the Sunshine Band, was born on this day in 1951.

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