Off The Ball: Incognito affair shows bullying and racism allowed to thrive in NFL
Sports fandom is ideally a leisurely activity best spent amongst friends and like-minded strangers. Not so with American football, which these days is as morally compromising as cheering for the lions in the Coliseum in ancient Rome.
This week's glimpse into the sport's twisted underbelly came via the Miami Dolphins. Lineman Jonathan Martin left the team after an 'emotional breakdown' which he claimed was caused by psychological and physical abuse from his team-mate Richie Incognito who, despite his amazing name, may be one of the 10 worst Americans alive right now.
Among other offences, Incognito (who's white) called Martin a "half-n***** piece of s***" via voicemail.