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Former Falcon reacts to bullying accusations against Miami Dolphins

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For 10 seasons, eight of them with the Atlanta Falcons, Jamie Dukes made a living in the trenches as an offensive lineman in the NFL. If anyone knows about the culture and ways of the league's biggest and strongest, it's likely him. He said what he's heard about the bullying allegations involving the Miami Dolphin's Richie Incognito and Johnathan Martin disturbs him.

"You start talking about having a guy pay $15,000 to chip into your Las Vegas trip, now you have gone too far. Then when you add in to that this whole thing about some of the heinous things he said talking about race and his mom and all that stuff, that is going to a whole new level," said Dukes.

Although many people have questioned Martin's toughness and courage while asking why he didn't fight back against the alleged abuse, Dukes said it's not that simple.

"There is a hierarchy in the locker room as it pertains to rookies and younger players to giving deference to older, more seasoned guys. The key here is I believe he would have stood up for himself had it gotten physical because, remember, this is all talk and rhetoric and poor choices of words. We don't have any evidence that says Martin was physically threatened because I am sure he would have physically defended himself if he would have been threatened," said Dukes.

In the end, Dukes said he believes Martin will eventually play football again, but he said Incognito's future isn't as bright.

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