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By Dory LeBlanc
Former NFL quarterback Joe Theismann joined Ron and Ian this morning and had a very strong opinion on the Richie Incognito alleged bullying situation with second-year Dolphins teammate Jonathan Martin, which the NFLPA insisted should receive a "fair investigation for all involved".
Theismann told WDAE he was disgusted when he initially heard the voicemails Incognito left for Martin.
"It's sick. It's sickening and to me, it's despicable," Theismann said. "What has scared me for a while is there is one word that I think has to apply in the workplace, whether it's in sports or whether it's in business, and that's respect. This (situation) is so disrespectful in so many ways, you just shake your head and can't believe it was said."
Theismann goes on to talk about the culture of the NFL locker room and how the league, and society in general, has evolved as far as the treatment of players among each other.
The former Redskins QB and Monday Night Football broadcaster also gave his opinion on what went wrong with Josh Freeman and if the Bucs' 2009 first round draft pick will be successful in the NFL again.
"I thought when Josh was in Tampa that he had a chance," Theismann said. "I'll say this: I'm not sure whether Coach Schiano wanted Josh Freeman on his football team. I know (former Washington head coach) Joe Gibbs tried to get rid of me in 1981 when he took over the football team and we were 0-5. I was going to be traded to the Detroit Lions. Thank heavens for Eric Hipple, or else I probably would have been a Detroit Lion.
"But it's my job as a player to make myself not expendable to a new coach. New brooms sweep clean; and they want their guys in. So you have to go above and beyond and prove to the coach that you, more than any other player, that you deserve to be the quarterback of that football team. That you deserve to be the leader of that football team.
"Missing a photo session may seem like a simple thing, but it sends a tremendous message out to everybody else that you don't care. And if you don't care, they don't want you there to lead."
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