Here’s what the Dolphins said in a statement on Sunday:
“We received notification today from Jonathan’s representation about allegations of player misconduct. We are taking these allegations very seriously and plan to review the matter further. We have also reached out to the NFL and asked them to conduct an objective and thorough review. As an organization, we are committed to a culture of team-first accountability and respect for one another.”
Earlier in the day, the Dolphins released a statement addressing the situation. At the time, they called the bullying accusations “speculation.” That was obviously before they received the allegations from Martin’s rep.
“The Miami Dolphins, including Coach Joe Philbin and Jonathan’s teammates, have been in communication with Jonathan and his family since his departure from the club and continue to be in contact. Our primary concern for Jonathan is his overall health and well-being. As an organization, we take any accusations of player misconduct seriously. The notion of bullying is based on speculation and has not been presented to us as a concern from Jonathan or anyone else internally. The reports that the NFLPA is investigating our players are inaccurate. Additionally, the NFL offered its assistance during this time, which we appreciated and gladly accepted. We will continue to make Jonathan’s health and well-being a focus as we do with all of our players.”
The NFLPA may not have been investigating any of the Dolphins players before, but you can bet the NFL is looking into things now. NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith is monitoring the situation and reportedly has spoken with Incognito.