Incognito makes first public statements following suspension

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    UNDATED (CNN) -- Suspended Miami Dolphins player Richie Incognito makes his first public comments since being benched during a bullying investigation. A new video of the NFL star shows up online.

    Leaving a doctor's office, Richie Incognito had little to say about the firestorm over allegations he bullied a Miami Dolphins teammate. He said, "I'm just trying to weather the storm right now. This will pass."

    In his first comment about the controversy, he was calm, even tempered; a far cry from the shirtless Richie Incognito screaming racial slurs and profanities at a south Florida bar. He prances around the tables, and at one point he hugs fellow Dolphin Mike Pouncey who seemed unphased by the slurs.

    Incognito's representatives would not comment. But, what you see here is an example says former Dolphin Channing Crowder of what likely happened in the team locker room. Crowder says, "There's nobody there to tell him what's too far. There's no other alpha males to stop him and he's running crazy."

    Crowder, now a radio talk show host in Miami, played with Incognito. Crowder says strong personalities on those dolphin teams kept him under control until now.

    The NFL is investigating whether Incognito bullied another player, Jonathan Martin into leaving the team. Incognito's reputation goes all the way back to his college days a decade ago. He was suspended twice at Nebraska and dismissed at Oregon.

    Tony Dungy, who was then the coach of the Indianapolis Colts, says incognito was not on his draft board in 2005. He says, "We had that category DNDC, 'Do Not Draft Because of Character.' Richie Incognito was in that category for us."

    Controversy follows Incognito. Last year, on a Miami radio show, he talked about getting then rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill to buy him and Pouncey jet skis. He said, "This is how it works, he's gonna buy us a gift because we protect his butt."

    But here's the irony, if either Incognito or Martin ever play again Crowder believes it's martin who will be shunned by teammates. Crowder says, "If he goes to an NFL team the word snitch will be thrown around regularly. You made a fellow frat member, as we are frat brothers, you made him lose his job."

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