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Incognito's lawyer fires back at Martin

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Richie Incognito's attorney says former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin's text messages were just as offensive as the ones sent to him by his teammate.

Mark Schamel, who represents Incognito, called on Martin to take responsibility for his actions.

"Richie Incognito has owned his inappropriate comments, despite the fact that they were made in jest, and it is time for Jonathan Martin to do the same," Schamel said.

Schamel alleged that text messages sent from Martin to Incognito excluded threats to his family.

"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," Schamel said. "All of these communications were provided to Ted Wells and the NFL investigation. What they show is banter between friends, not bullying."

Schamel contends that Martin was concerned about his performance on the field and his job possibly being in jeopardy when he accused Incognito of bullying. Martin left the team in October.

"Rather than deal with his poor on-field performance and myriad other issues, Martin is now hiding behind false allegations," Schamel said. "The result undermines the real problems of bullying and demeans what is a very real problem for many young people."

Martin told NBC's Tony Dungy this week that Incognito's bullying left him feeling trapped. Schamel begged to differ.

"Jonathan Martin was a full participant, who at times led some of the exact same pranks and gags and text and email exchanges he now claims, 'crossed the line,'" Schamel said.

Incognito was suspended on Nov. 3 by the Dolphins and remains on the NFL suspended list with pay.

The Dolphins are awaiting the findings of a league-appointed investigator on the conduct within the team.
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