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Texter claims Mountain Ridge parents angry about Incognito

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito is accused of bullying a teammate, and the incident may be affecting a local Valley high school.

Incognito attended Mountain Ridge High School in Glendale. How people there are reacting to the allegations depends on who you can - and can't - talk to.

KTAR received a text from someone who claimed that Incognito's name is on the Hall of Fame in Mountain Ridge's weight room. The text read, "Don't you think the principal should remove it?"

We tried to ask Mountain Ridge Principal Debra Poulson that question. Instead, a Deer Valley Unified School District spokeswoman sent a statement that neither the school nor the district would grant us an interview.

We called the person who sent the text, who also declined to be interviewed. The texter, who claimed to be "close to the situation," agreed that we could include in our report that parents at the school are angry and want Incognito's name removed from the weight room.

Mountain Ridge students that we spoke with seemed oblivious to any controversy.

"I've heard nothing about this," said one girl.

The teenage boy walking with her knew about the allegations but not about the Hall of Fame exhibit or Incognito's history with the school.

A football player told us that no one on the current team is even talking about Incognito. In fact, the player had never even heard of Incognito until the news came out about the allegations.

All of the students we spoke with asked to remain anonymous.

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Years with the company: I started on January 2, 2006.

Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I am married to my wife Rene', who is a librarian in the Washington school district. During free time, I may be found playing basketball in the driveway with my son, Devin. He's also keeping me busy with school, Little League, and playing in chess tournaments around the Valley.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: Doug Oldham gospel concert in the 1970s at the old East High School in Phoenix.

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Northern Hills Community Church in Phoenix. We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.


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