Glazer Says He Went Into Incognito Interview Wanting To Address Specific Topics
Fox Sports' Jay Glazer talked to THE MMQB's Richard Deitsch about his interview with suspended Dolphins G Richie Incognito and said there were "certain things I felt I should ask" in regards to the Jonathan Martin bullying scandal, and there were "certain things I felt I shouldn't." Glazer said, "I knew going in the main things I wanted to hit were number one, the use of the n-word." Glazer added of other questions to Incognito, "I wanted to get bullying in. Like I said in the interview, whether he wants to think it or not, this guy is now labeled as the face of bullying in America. He is America’s bully. ... I wanted to get what happened with those guys and what the relationship was. What happened that day? I wanted to make sure I got the biggest controversies in this issue and especially the social part, the hazing. I wanted to hit all that." Glazer did not ask Incognito about claims he sexually harassed a woman volunteer on a team-sponsored golf outing, and he, "It is a line of questioning worthy of pursuit. ... I just was not doing it for this particular piece. I think it is a separate story." Glazer was not said "absolutely confident" he had the interview until last Saturday, and he noted it "got done way too late" to first air parts of it on FS1's "Fox Sports Live" Saturday night. He said, "When we left it was dark out and we had to turn it around in 12 hours (for 'Fox NFL Sunday')." He noted he was "very actively trying to get Jonathan Martin" and had been "talking to his people." Glazer: "Quite frankly, and I told his attorney David Cornwell this, the one way to get this thing to end would be a Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin interview where they hug, kiss, hold hands and they walk out together. In my opinion, that is the only way both could go back in the locker room. I was trying to help make that happen and I was trying to get both guys in the interview. That’s what I was actually working for" (MMQB.SI.com, 11/13).
DISINGENUOUS INTERVIEW? In L.A., Bill Plaschke writes of Glazer's interview with Incognito, "The joke, of course, was the actual interview, a softball-lobbing parody, an open attempt of one friend to cover the back of another friend, and you have to wonder what Fox producer was bullied by Glazer to get it made." But in stories like these, "perception is often reality, and thus the interview ended with Incognito being the misunderstood teddy bear while Martin, who still has not spoken publicly, comes across as a mentally distressed weakling" (L.A. TIMES, 11/13).