Giants S Rolle: Martin deserves some of the blame with Incognito

Gianluca Nesci

New York Giants safety Antrel Rolle admits that Richie Incognito was at fault in the alleged harassment of Jonathan Martin.

That will come as no surprise to anyone.

However, Rolle also believes Martin deserves an equal amount of blame for the incidents that led to him leaving the team.

Via ESPN, the 30-year-old told WFAN Radio in New York that Martin should have done more to prevent himself from being the subject of bullying.

"Was Richie Incognito wrong? Absolutely," Rolle told the radio station. "But I think the other guy is just as much to blame as Richie, because he allowed it to happen.

"At this level, you're a man. You're not a little boy. You're not a freshman in college. You're a man."

This type of sentiment has not been uncommon around the league in reaction to this case, as some believe NFL locker rooms should be able to police themselves without involving any outside parties.

"I think everything has its limits," Rolle continued. "So there's no way that another man is going to make me pay for something that I choose not to pay for.

"So, Richie Incognito, is he wrong? Absolutely. But I think the other guy is just as much to blame. Hopefully he's able to bounce back and recover from all that has happened and take awareness of, you know, man, you're a grown-ass man. You need to stand up for yourself. Hazing is one thing. Bullying is another."