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Jonathan Martin speaks after meeting with NFL investigator

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Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin met with NFL investigator Ted Wells on Friday in New York City to discuss his complaints of harassment and bullying from his Dolphins teammates. Martin did not say much after his meeting, but he did issue a brief prepared statement to the media.

“Today’s meeting is consistent with my commitment to cooperating with the NFL’s investigation into my experience as a player on the Miami Dolphins,” Martin said. “Although I went into great detail with Mr. Ted Wells today, I do not intend to discuss this matter publicly at this time. I do, however, look forward to speaking directly with Stephen Ross, Tom Garfinkel, and the Dolphins organization at the appropriate time. This is the right way to handle the matter.

“Beyond that, I look forward to working through the process and to resuming my career in the National Football League.”

Martin left the team on Monday Oct. 28 following a prank in the team’s cafeteria. Teammate Richie Incognito was suspended indefinitely by the team that Sunday, a few days after allegations came up that he was Martin’s primary bully.

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross spoke to the media this week and said he intends to get to the bottom of the situation and make the team’s locker room a safe workplace.

Jonathan Martin to meet with NFL investigator Ted Wells

Jonathan MartinJonathan Martin will meet with NFL investigator Ted Wells on Friday. Wells is conducting the independent investigation into accusations that Martin was harassed and bullied by his Miami Dolphins teammates.

The Dolphins originally planned to meet with Martin on Wednesday, but Wells asked them to postpone the meeting until after they met with him first.

“Ted Wells and the National Football League have asked that we delay our meeting with Jonathan Martin until they have the opportunity to meet with him first. Out of deference to the process, we will cooperate with their request. We look forward to meeting with Jonathan directly as soon as possible,” the Dolphins said in a statement.

We shared an example of the kind of treatment Martin in the locker room — his teammates reportedly repeatedly fined him for being soft. We imagine more details of what Martin dealt with will emerge following his Friday meeting with Wells.

Report: Dolphins players repeatedly fined Jonathan Martin for being soft

Jonathan MartinMiami Dolphins players repeatedly fined Jonathan Martin for being soft, per a report, which could be a sign of the “locker room” and “football culture” that got to the young lineman, leading him to abruptly leave the team.

Martin has now been away from the Dolphins for over two weeks since leaving the team following a prank pulled on him in the cafeteria. Martin’s representatives have said that constant harassment and bullying over the past year and a half led to Martin’s departure from the team, and now we have a better understanding of what kind of treatment he was receiving.

Sports Illustrated NFL reporter Jim Trotter joined “Amani & Eytan” on NBC Sports Radio Monday and shared an example of the locker room culture in Miami that may have bothered Martin. According to Trotter, Dolphins players repeatedly fined Martin for being soft.

“I spoke to one player who was on the Dolphins the last couple of years, and we were speaking about Jonathan Martin,” Trotter began, “and he said that the Dolphins have what they call a ‘sensitivity fine,’ and it’s for players that they deem to be soft on or off the field. And he said that they repeatedly targeted Jonathan Martin for that to the point that one time — whether it was playful or not — they even talked about fining him a game check because he was so soft.”

Trotter said that to his knowledge, players on both sides of the ball were involved in this fining practice, which he described as part of the locker room culture for the Dolphins.

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Miami Dolphins fans support Richie Incognito with signs

Free Incognito sign

Some Miami Dolphins fans may feel embarrassed about what’s going on with their team, but others are standing by Richie Incognito. Some attended the Monday night game between the Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium and had signs with messages supporting Incognito.

The Miami Herald captured this photo of fans showing their support of Incognito:

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Mike Ditka calls Jonathan Martin a ‘baby’

Former NFL head coach Mike Ditka spoke about the Richie Incognito bullying situation during ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown and gave a unique take. Rather than blasting Incognito for allegedly bullying Jonathan Martin like most other analysts have done, Ditka said he would not want either player in his locker room.

“I want to say one thing,” he said, according to Pro Football Talk. “If I was the coach, I wouldn’t have either Incognito, the bully, or the baby, Martin, on my team. That’s me. [Does] that make me right? No. That makes me me. And I would stand up to that, because you don’t do what Martin did and you don’t do want Incognito did. Period.”

As you might expect, Ditka’s opinion was not well received. Many people feel that the “tough guy” culture of the NFL is the reason Incognito was able to get away with harassing Martin for so long, and Ditka labeling Martin a “baby” perpetuates that. Keyshawn Johnson seemed to strongly disagree.

“To hear Coach Philbin say [Martin] could have come to him, no he couldn’t have,” Johnson said.  “Obviously, because he didn’t. There’s a reason he checked himself into a hospital. He didn’t just decide one day, ‘Oh, you know what, I’m gonna wake up and go check myself into a hospital because I’m not feeling good.’ No, he checked himself into a hospital because he was disturbed about everything that’s been happening to him over the last year and a half, Coach.”

If you have heard some of the stuff that was allegedly said to Martin, it’s hard to side with Ditka. We’re talking about full-grown adults in the workplace. Could Martin have done a better job of sticking up for himself? Probably, but not everyone is wired the same. Incognito and others — including the Dolphins organization — should have known when to quit.

Full Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin history:

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Jonathan Martin’s I will murder your whole family text message to Richie Incognito was a meme

I will murder meme

Attorney David Cornwell shared on Twitter what he says was the “I will murder your whole” family text message Jonathan Martin sent to Richie Incognito, and it turns out the text was a photo-based meme rather than typed out words.

Cornwell shared a photo of the meme image Martin sent Incognito. Beware – there is a bad word in the image that may be offensive.

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Don Shula: Dolphins took a chance on Richie Incognito and it backfired

1972 Miami Dolphins Don ShulaMiami Dolphins coaching legend Don Shula gave his take on the Richie Incognito situation earlier this week. Shula, who won back-to-back Super Bowls in the 1970s and coached his team to a perfect 16-0 season, questioned the team’s decision to have Incognito on the roster in the first place.

“You win with good people on and off the field,” Shula told the Miami Herald’s Greg Cote. “They took a chance on a guy with a bad reputation, and it backfired on them.”

As you know, the NFL is currently looking into allegations that Incognito bullied teammate Jonathan Martin. Incognito supposedly left Martin a threatening voicemail and was the ring leader for teammates who hazed the former Stanford star. But there were warning signs off the field before the Martin situation.

In 2012, Incognito was accused of sexually harassing an employee at a golf tournament. We also saw a video of him stomping around at a bar with his shirt off acting like an idiot. The Dolphins reportedly considered releasing Incognito before the season but decided to hold onto him because they were thin at offensive line. Shula said it bothers him to see his former team dealing with issues like these.

“It hurts,” Shula said. “You hate to see it happening.”

According to Cote, Shula was referring to several years of letdowns with the Dolphins organization — not just the Incognito mess. It’s tough to argue with the legend.