The latest development in the NFL lockerroom feud was a report that Miami Dolphins coaches instructed Richie Incognito, the veteran offensive lineman, to harass Jonathan Martin, the rookie, in order to toughen him up. NBC's Kerry Sanders offered a credit to the sports pages of Sun Sentinel for that reporting; ABC's Steve Osunsami and CBS' Mark Strassmann left it unattributed. Osunsami included video from the paparazzi site TMZ.com of an enraged, shirtless Incognito acting out in a Miami sports bar.
Each of the network news divisions had colleagues in their sports divisions to consult: NBC Sports' Ross Tucker opined to Sanders that Martin would likely never play in the league again now he has publicized his complaints; ESPN Analyst Herman Edwards told ABC's Osunsami that it was the coach's job to "toughen up" rookies, not that of players; ESPN Senior Analyst Chris Mortensen told ABC anchor Diane Sawyer (at the tail of the Osunsami videostream) that hazing of rookies is routine -- even dousing them with ice or taping them to goalposts -- but bullying? "I don't know." Is Mortensen serious?
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