Miami Dolphins ask NFL to investigate Jonathan Martin situation

Miami Dolphins logoThe Miami Dolphins are planning to look into the Jonathan Martin situation and have asked the NFL to do the same after receiving allegations of player misconduct from Martin’s representation.

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.

Jonathan Martin ‘genuinely scared’ of what Richie Incognito might do to him

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The situation with Jonathan Martin and the Miami Dolphins does not look like it will be ending any time too soon.

Martin, a 2012 second-round pick, left the team last week following a prank pulled on him in the cafeteria. That prank seemed to be the final straw for Martin, who reportedly has been harassed and bullied since being drafted.

Though he has denied wrongdoing and was called “buddy” by Martin over text, Dolphins lineman Richie Incognito has been fingered as the primary tormenter of Martin. Not only did ESPN point to Incognito as the main bully, but so has CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora.

Here’s what La Canfora reported:

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Jonathan Martin reportedly left Dolphins because of emotional issues, not bullying

Jonathan MartinJonathan Martin left the Miami Dolphins on Monday because of ongoing emotional issues, not bullying, according to a new report.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel’s Omar Kelly and Dave Hyde say Martin left the team because of “other emotional issues” that led him to feel the need to take a break from football. Martin reportedly has personal issues that have been known within the franchise for a while.

Though a report previously indicated that the NFLPA would be investigating Martin’s departure — and more specifically, Richie Incognito’s alleged role in supposedly bullying Martin — the union said in a statement that they are not investigating Incognito or the team.

“We have an obligation to protect and support all of our members,” the NFLPA said in a statement, via NFL.com. “We take official investigations very seriously and in this case, we have not launched an investigation into Richie Incognito or other players in Miami.

“The NFLPA believes that management has an obligation to ensure a safe and professional workplace and we will continue to be in close touch with our player leaders and all players involved as the information develops.”

The Sentinel’s report seems to mesh with the contents of a text message conversation between Martin and Incognito. NFL Network’s Jeff Darlington reported that Martin called Incognito “buddy” over text message and said he did not blame the team for walking away. Martin supposedly told Incognito the football culture and locker room got to him.

The Dolphins reportedly are prepared to play the rest of the season without Martin, who is receiving treatment.

Now I could be totally wrong and off here, but I don’t think it’s a stretch to figure that some of Martin’s “emotional issues” are the result of bullying or not fitting in with his teammates. Maybe there is something else responsible for the problems, but I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that the alleged bullying is a factor.

Jonathan Martin reportedly went AWOL after cafeteria prank
Jonathan Martin reportedly called ‘Big Weirdo,’ bullied by teammates
Richie Incognito said to be one of Jonathan Martin’s main tormenters
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Jonathan Martin reportedly told Richie Incognito over text message that locker room and football culture got to him

Jonathan MartinThough Richie Incognito reportedly is being examined by the NFLPA for his alleged bullying of Miami Dolphins teammate Jonathan Martin, the two apparently are on a good enough basis where they’re texting with each other.

NFL Network reporter Jeff Darlington says Martin on Friday sent text messages back to Incognito, who reached out to find out how his fellow lineman was doing.

Despite Incognito being accused of tormenting Martin, Martin called Incognito “buddy” in a text.

“How u doing buddy?” Martin replied to Incognito, according to Darlington.

Martin also told Incognito he was doing good and explained some of what bothered him.

“Yeah, I’m good man. It’s insane bro but just know I don’t blame you guys at all it’s just the culture around football and the locker room got to me a little.”

That seems like somewhat of a mixed message to me. If Martin admits the locker room and culture around football got to him a little, then wouldn’t that include at least to some extent the behavior of those who are in the locker room and part of the culture of the team?

I also don’t necessarily take Martin’s “buddy” response and conversation with Incognito to necessarily mean that the two are on great terms. Incognito is a veteran leader and representative of the team. Maybe Martin felt it was best to keep matters on a good basis for the time being to avoid being further ostracized by his teammates.

Richie Incognito said to be one of Jonathan Martin’s main tormenters

Richie Incognito DolphinsThe NFLPA is looking into Jonathan Martin’s situation with the Miami Dolphins and has investigated claims that the former second-round draft pick out of Stanford is being bullied. One report says the NFLPA is examining Dolphins guard Richie Incognito for his alleged treatment of Martin.

According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Incognito has been identified as one of the prominent offenders in the alleged bullying of Martin. One Dolphins official reportedly was surprised by the allegation and said Incognito has been a “model citizen” with the team.

[Previously: Jonathan Martin reportedly called ‘Big Weirdo,’ bullied by teammates]

Incognito joined the Dolphins in 2010 and has played in all but one game since signing with the team. Incognito has a reputation for being one of the dirtiest players in the league, but he is respected within the franchise. Armando Salguero reports that Incognito and lineman Mike Pouncey are two of the players on the team’s “leadership council.”

Incognito hurt his neck in Thursday’s win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Martin has been away from the team since leaving the facility following a cafeteria prank on Monday. His goal reportedly is to return to the team.

In addition to the bullying, Martin could be upset with the organization as a whole. A week prior to the cafeteria incident, the Dolphins acquired Bryant McKinnie to replace Martin at left tackle. They planned to shift the youngster to the right side. That aspect of the situation should not be overlooked.

Also see: Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito had text message conversation

Jonathan Martin reportedly called ‘Big Weirdo,’ bullied by teammates

Jonathan MartinJonathan Martin left the Miami Dolphins this week after being relentlessly teased and bullied by his teammates, who nicknamed him “Big Weirdo,” according to a report.

Martin, a former second-round pick out of Stanford, left the team and went AWOL in response to a cafeteria prank his teammates pulled on him Monday. As Martin sat down to join a group at a table, all the players got up. He slammed his tray down, left the facility, and hasn’t talked to his team since. He was listed as doubtful and then out for Thursday’s game against the Bengals. Martin is reportedly spending some time with his family.

Hearing that Martin left the team in response to a cafeteria prank didn’t make much sense on its own and led us to think that there was much more to the story. That’s why we’re not at all surprised to learn that Martin has been tormented by his teammates for a while.

FOX’s Alex Marvez has the goods on the story:

This wasn’t an abrupt action by Martin, who is Stanford-educated and the son of two lawyers who attended Harvard University. A source said Martin has tried dealing with a slew of indignities that crossed into personal and family insults, including being bestowed with the nickname of “Big Weirdo.”

Miami Herald reporter Armando Salguero also reported about the “Big Weirdo” nickname, which I can’t imagine would do wonders on a player’s self-esteem. Salguero also says the Dolphins are “concerned” about the past and future relationship between Martin and some of his teammates.

Marvez says the bullying of Martin went well beyond typical rookie hazing and that the team was aware of how he has been treated. The NFLPA reportedly is looking into the situation.

Helmet smack to Pro Football Talk

Jonathan Martin reportedly went AWOL after cafeteria prank

Jonathan MartinJonathan Martin has gone AWOL from the Miami Dolphins and is currently receiving treatment in a facility, according to a report.

FOX Football Daily’s Jay Glazer reported that Martin, who has not practiced with the team this week, was the victim of a prank inside the team’s cafeteria on Monday.

According to Glazer, the players did a typical joke where when the last guy comes to sit down at the table everyone gets up at the same time to walk away. They supposedly did that to Martin, causing him to snap and smash his food tray. He reportedly left the facility, hasn’t been seen by the team since, and is receiving treatment.

Martin, a former second-round pick out of Stanford, has been listed as doubtful for the Dolphins’ Thursday night game against the Cincinnati Bengals. We hope he’s able to get his mind right and clear of whatever is bothering him.

This is the last tweet sent from Martin’s Twitter account: