Video: Shannon Sharpe’s rant on Dolphins-Incognito-Martin saga

Shannon Sharpe used to be known as an unbelievably talented, record setting Denver Broncos tight end. Now, he is one of the analysts on CBS Sports’ NFL broadcasts.

On Sunday, he used his nationally televised platform to weigh in on a topic that has ballooned into a national firestorm: Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito’s reported hazing of teammate Jonathan Martin.

Namely, Incognito reportedly being “allowed” to use the N-word by his black teammates. The way Sharpe sees things, that is where all the negativity had to have started, and it is something that should have never been allowed in the first place.

“If you allow Richie Incognito to walk around and use a racial epithet, that all black Americans know the stigma and hate and vitriol that comes with that word — if you allow him to do that, you’re encouraging him to do that.”

Incognito was reportedly considered an “honorary black man” – something Sharpe pointedly declares does not exist.

“Some black players said Incognito was an honorary black. There’s no such thing. This tells me everything I need to know about the Miami Dolphins locker room. How we got here. Why we got here.”

Finally, he talks about assimilation – cultural identity lost amid changing times. Black culture is not the only one in which the older generation sees the younger losing touch with past struggles, but Sharpe is understandably disappointed nonetheless.

“I’m 45, I grew up in rural south Georgia. Ask your parents, ask your grandparents. The mountain that they climbed so a black person in America can have respect, can have dignity. And you allow this, in an open locker room to take place, is unacceptable. I’m so disappointed. I hope that someone was misquoted. I hope I’m wrong and they didn’t allow Incognito to say this racially charged word in a locker room and go unchecked. I’m embarrassed.”

  • Zaptodus

    Rant? No. Truth.

  • SPINMASTER

    Shannon brought home the bacon on this one. He hit the nail square on its head ladies and gentlemen. Loose and young minds say its just a word. Like Shannon, I grew up in the deep south. Mississippi to be exact. And I don’t need to spill the story here. We all know..the real deal. The N word has no business being used by working people..working professionals who are of various hues and colors that supposedly play together and are suppose to be..brothers. Yes its offensive. I even had a great grandfather who was hung for…not getting off of a sidewalk for whites in the early 1900’s. So I do not want to hear you or anybody else use that word. Just call me a man. Call me by my first name or nickname. Or just say..Black guy or black dude. But we will fight if you call me the N word. YOU may win. But I will still fight you.If young black rappers only knew how much we had to endure to be respected, they would never utter that word…NEVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well said Mr Sharpe.