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Antrel Rolle says Jonathan Martin ‘as much to blame’ as Richie Incognito

Eric Edholm
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New York Giants safety Antrel Rolle has a stream-of-consciousness style of speaking that's best summed up in this 2012 feature from the Boston Globe:

"Whatever I feel at that moment I’m going to say," Rolle said.

Ahh, yep.

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Antrel Rolle (USA Today Sports)

Rolle once again said what he felt at a moment on Tuesday afternoon when asked about the controversial Jonathan Martin-Richie Incognito situation surrounding the Miami Dolphins. Appearing on WFAN Radio in New York, Rolle said Martin — the victim of reported hazing from his teammate, lest you had forgotten — was as much to blame as Incognito was. Allow him to explain ...

"Richie Incognito, is he wrong? Absolutely," Rolle said. "But I think the other guy [Martin] is just as much to blame because he's allowed it to happen."

Rolle said he'd never allow himself to get into such a situation in the first place. Never mind that the Dolphins are planning to cut Incognito in time.

"First of all, know something like that would never, ever happen to myself, because I wouldn’t allow it to happen," he said. "… You know, at this level, you’re a man. You’re not a little boy. You’re not a freshman in college. You’re a man. So I think everything has its limits. So there’s no way that another man is gonna make me pay for something that I choose not to pay for."

Rolle believes that hazing is a part of football culture but that the Miami situation — including a death threat and racial slurs — is not indicative of a greater problem in other NFL locker rooms.

"Hazing is hazing," Rolle said. "You’re gonna go through it at the collegiate level, you’re gonna go through it at the professional level. But once it gets beyond that point and once it becomes a personal thing, that’s where the problems [happen]. As teammates, it’s extremely important that you respect one another. … Respect is a must within a locker room."

Respect among humans is also a must, too, Antrel. There is no separation, in or out of a locker room.

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Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter!

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