Locker Room Culture: How it really works
The words used by Incognito toward Jonathan Martin are being cast in a light as if this only happens in the NFL, with terms like it's the culture of the game, but we all know this is a societal issue. But actually there is a culture in a locker room that most will not agree with unless you have experienced it.
In the NFL locker room there are more than 50 guys with different backgrounds and personalities that are expected to get along and be for lack of a better word "brothers." Who controls this area? The players do.
Every locker room from Little League Football on up to the NFL has that strong handful of players who lead the group I.E. "Captain" the troops. So therefore many things that go on in this place of refuge for players is not a politically correct area for everyone.
When the outsiders who are individuals walk into a place and tell a team how to be a TEAM something seems backwards. Sort of like a mailman telling a doctor how to write a prescription, it's backwards.
For the most part a "Richie Incognito" can be found in every locker room. But the Majority of leaders will always outweigh the minority of guys like that. He seems like the prototypical you hate to play against him but love playing with him type of guy. His teammates comments have given me this determination since mostly every one of them has stood behind him. Which mostly everyone who has been following the situation will never understand.
It's the "culture" of the Locker room to stand behind your teammate when he has done the same in other situations. I can guarantee in every locker room in the NFL the racial slurs Incognito used are said daily. They are said in many other arenas of life as well.
I can also guarantee if leaders on these teams have issue with these words it's taken care of. This is the "culture" as well.
The saying "what goes on in here. Stays in here" is the mentality and rightfully so. Football is not a politically correct job. No where else can you legally assault someone with more than one person and get paid for it. Therefore, the Locker Room is not a politically correct area of refuge for the same guys who get paid for legal assault.
All the so called Hazing that the outsiders think goes on does not happen. The worst incident seen in the recent past was Prince Amukamura from the Giants being dumped in an Ice tub. Which guys routinely use during the season. Now go to a playground full of kids and see the types of injuries from horseplay or fights happening and think does that happen in an NFL Locker room? No it doesn't. Why? Camaraderie.
So one Incident from one guy using racial slurs that happen daily and now the public says the "culture" of the Locker room needs to change. Simply due to the fact most have never understood what goes on in one and never will but want to have that understanding.
One thing is for sure. Ask any former player what they miss most. All will answer the same thing. The "LOCKER ROOM."