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Jonathan Martin’s Lawyer Has Released a Statement with Further Allegations
The controversy regarding the treatment of Jonathan Martin in the Miami Dolphins locker room already was pretty complicated.
The basics of the story were simple, of course: we knew the vile, racist things Richie Incognito said, we knew Martin never officially complained to anyone, and we knew Martin left the team. However, things got kind of tricky when other Dolphins player started defending Incognito and slamming Martin. They said Incognito was like a big brother to Martin, that they were friends, and that there was only your typical locker room ribbing. They also said that, if Martin was upset about things that were said, he should have acted like a man and stood up for himself instead of running away and taking things outside the locker room.
On the one hand, they’ve got a point. A man needs to stand up for himself.
On the other hand, it’s pretty hard to justify one human being calling another human being a “half-n*****” and threatening to sh*t in his mouth.
Now, however, we might be getting a clearer picture of what’s going on here. If the statement released last night by Jonathan Martin’s lawyer is true (and we don’t yet know if it is), it would explain why so many other Dolphins players are defending Incognito.
You see, according to the statement, Richie Incognito was not the only one bullying Jonathan Martin. There were others involved and, allegedly, some pretty disgusting things were said. If this is the case, it certainly makes Martin’s unwillingness or inability to stand up for himself more understandable.
Here’s the entire statement:
Jonathan Martin’s toughness is not at issue. 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.
The issue is Jonathan’s treatment by his teammates. Jonathan endured harassment that went far beyond the traditional locker room hazing. For the entire season-and-a-half that he was with the Dolphins, he attempted to befriend the same teammates who subjected him to the abuse with the hope that doing so would end the harassment. This is a textbook reaction of victims of bullying. Despite these efforts, the taunting continued. Beyond the well-publicized voice mail with its racial epithet, Jonathan endured a malicious physical attack on him by a teammate, and daily vulgar comments such as the quote at the bottom. These facts are not in dispute.
Eventually, Jonathan made a difficult choice. Despite his love for football, Jonathan left the Dolphins. Jonathan looks forward to getting back to playing football. In the meantime, he will cooperate fully with the NFL investigation.
Quote from teammate: “We are going to run train on your sister… She loves me. I am going to f*** her without a condom and c** in her c***.”
People can keep saying Martin should have stood up for himself all they want. That doesn’t excuse any human being from the type of behavior described here. Ever.
If these claims are true—and that’s a big if—then anyone who defends these players should be ashamed of themselves.
Hat Tip – [Pro Football Talk]