*When we think of bullying, we generally, quite naturally, think of kids in high school being mean to one another; not grown azz professional football players, right?
But as of the past few weeks, the incident surrounding Jonathan Martin of the Miami Dolphins proves bullying doesn’t only happen to kids.
Clearly, adults can be victims too.
Even a 6’5″ African American offensive lineman such as Martin – who was selected by the Dolphins in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
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Now we wouldn’t blame you one bit for thinking, “WTF?” And quite frankly, so are we. But apparently this man has been going through this for quite some time; being called “nigga” and “big weirdo,” among other things, by his non-black teammates; so its probably not a stretch to think, enough is enough.
Now, according to TMZ, more news is unfolding since Martin abruptly left the Miami Dolphins last week following a prank in the team’s cafeteria; where teammates took to teasing him. He also missed Miami’s Thursday night win over Cincinnati with what was being called an “illness,” and he has been conspicuously silent ever since.
But now his attorney, David Cromwell, is speaking out and in a letter released last Thursday that claims his client was physically attacked by a Miami Dolphins teammate and was told a teammate was going to basically rape his sister.
Not only does the statement dispute the assertion made by many that Martin lacked the fortitude to survive in an NFL locker room, it identifies one of the abusive comments he allegedly suffered at the hands of his teammates.
The culprit appears to be teammate Richie Incognito (who is anything but incognito at this point), a guard for the Dolphins who has since been placed on indefinite suspension for conduct viewed as detrimental to the team.
Martin’s attorney argues that his clients’ “toughness is not an issue here, adding “Jonathan has started every game with the Miami Dolphins since he was drafted in 2012. At Stanford, he was the anchor for Jim Harbaugh’s ‘smash mouth’ brand of football and he protected Andrew Luck’s blind side.”
In his first interview since the suspension, Incognito has chosen to play the “its not me, its the locker room culture” card to explain why he hammered Jonathan Martin with threatening, racist, and violent language. After all, this, as he explains it, is just how he and Martin talk to each other.
Wow! We’d love to get a tit-for-tat on how that conversation goes. But in the video below, Incognito swears his actions “come from a place of love.”
As for bullying, Incognito tells FOX NFL Insider Jay Glazer … he didn’t think this was a case of bullying …it was “an issue of mine and Jon’s relationship, where I’ve taken stuff too far, and I didn’t know it was hurting him.”
Incognito also shared text messages he says his “best friend” Jonathan sent him after the controversy exploded. He claims Martin said … “I don’t blame you guys. I blame some stuff in the locker room. I blame the culture. I blame what was going on around me.”