The ever-changing story in Miami centered around suspended Dolphins guard Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin has kick-started a larger conversation: Should NFL locker-room culture change?
Michael Irvin, Marshall Faulk, Deion Sanders, Steve Mariucci and Michael Silver all spoke Thursday on NFL Network about their various experiences inside locker rooms. And the conversation was fascinating.
Sanders spoke of one Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman, nicknamed "Delicious," who was picked on mercilessly. The player only stopped the trend by taking Sanders' advice and starting a fight.
Irvin spoke about standing up to Dallas Cowboys teammate Charles Haley one time.
"Charles Haley came in with trouble, but he was also a big part of the team and a captain," Irvin said on "NFL Total Access Kickoff." "And we trusted Charles. And you need guys that can get everybody going because every day, everybody on the field like having practice. You need guys that know how to joke, get people's minds off everything. You need to know when (it's) too much. ...
"There was one thing that went down on our airplane. Charles Haley ... was in one of those moods and he was coming after a staff member on our team. I said, 'Charles, listen enough's enough. This guy doesn't want that.' Charles kept going and said, 'I'll get up there, I'll come back there and whoop your butt.' I said, 'No, you're not coming back here to hit this man.' ...
"(Haley) said, 'What, Mike? You gonna come whoop my butt?' I said, 'No, I'm not coming to whoop your butt, but I'm not letting you get to him either.' And thank God Charles Haley sat back down and didn't move. And I was worried, got off the plane looking around the plane because he's crazy.
The key part of that entire story: "You need to know when (it's) too much."