Report: Jonathan Martin has been constantly bullied, especially by Richie Incognito

Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito (68) after a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

An already complicate issues just got even more complex today, as CBS Sports’s Jason La Canfora reports that Miami Dolphins second-year offensive tackle Jonathan Martin has indeed been bullied by other players on the team and that this has been a constant occurrence for Martin ever since he joined the club as a second-round pick out of Stanford. This report contrasts a statement made by the Miami Dolphins this morning, which stated that nobody- not even Martin himself- has brought up the issue of bullying. The NFL Network’s Jeff Darlington also reported yesterday that Martin sent a tweet to Incognito stating that he doesn’t blame players like Incognito, but rather the “culture” around football. Incognito also went after ESPN’s Adam Schefter in a series of tweets this morning, as he was upset with a report by Schefter and colleague Chris Mortensen, which cited sources stating that Incognito was under investigation for bullying Martin. The NFLPA has since announced that no investigation is on regarding Incognito, but La Canfora reports that the NFLPA is actually “monitoring” (but not investigating) the situation.

I would strongly recommend clicking the link above to La Canfora’s full report, which contains plenty of valuable insight. Per sources close to La Canfora, Incognito and even center Mike Pouncey were involved in verbally harassing Martin, and, again, this has happened ever since Martin joined the Dolphins. Per La Canfora, Incognito is viewed as the “ring leader”, and that Martin has a very palpable fear of Incognito’s threats.

The source(s) then went on to talk about Incognito’s history that, well, isn’t exactly spotless, and it is incredibly interesting to read this report that goes against Incognito’s recent, vehement protest of himself. Other Dolphins players have denied that bullying against Martin took place, and the belief is that Martin is dealing with a lot of personal issues outside of the team that have taken a toll on him. But we can’t rule out bullying just yet, especially with another report stating that Incognito and others were involved in harassing Martin.

It’s difficult to know what to believe, and my advice to those interested in this saga is to try and read everything. Don’t make any significant opinions either way (only minor ones). Even though Martin is now on the NFI list, this whole story is unlikely to disappear any time soon, especially with all the recent reports and rumors coming out about the situation. To this point, however, this report is by far the strongest in the argument against Incognito. If there really has been bullying, then what will the Dolphins do to try and clean things up?

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Topics: Jonathan Martin, Miami Dolphins, Richie Incognito, Rumors

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  • Thomas

    Dolphins are a losing organization. They won’t do anything. Figures. It’s a black that’s doing this. Friends with Hernandez I’m sure. Bye bye dolphins. Last place for you forever. You fucking losers. Hahahahahahahahahahahaha.

    • CTDolphins

      Literally cracking up at the fact that your a giants fan and you just said that. Who did you say we’re the fucking losers?

      • Thomas

        2 Super Bowls in the past 5 years you stupid fucking idiot. Pay attention. You must be a female…Dolphins have 0 SB’s in over fucking 30 years. I’d jump off a bridge if I were a dolphin fan haha. Don’t worry about G Men ya stupid cunt. Peeing my pants about worthless Dolphins. Don’t comment back till you have 4 Super Bowls ya loser.

    • CTDolphins

      Let’s not focus on the past buddy. Eli sucks ass and the Giants are mediocre at best

      • Thomas

        Wow. That’s your comeback ? Must be a female. Last comment from me until Dolphins have 4 SB’s. See you in 200 years. Hahahahahahahahahahahaha. Miami Dolphins are laughing stock of NFL. TOO FUNNY. go bake a cake girl

        • CTDolphins

          Later have fun getting fucked up by the raiders

          • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

            “Wow. That’s your comeback ? Must be a female.”

            I’m cool with you guys arguing in the comments, but let’s not make incredibly sexist remarks. Look, the Giants are having an awful year, and the Dolphins haven’t won anything of significance in a while. But both the Giants and Dolphins are two proud franchises with rich histories. I mean, at least neither of you are Bucs fans, feel awful for those guys haha.

            Btw, the Giants are on a bye week…the Eagles face the Raiders.

          • CTDolphins

            He’s being the sexist bastard not me. The giants play the raiders next week that’s what I was referring to

          • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

            Sorry about that. And don’t worry, I directly quoted him, so I was only calling out his sexist comment; you did not say anything sexist. And I totally missed that about the Giants facing the Raiders following the bye haha, my error. Just threw me off a bit. By the way, I hope Incognito’s career is over. How on earth did he make the Pro Bowl last year? He’s not even close to being that caliber of a player; he’s about average.

          • CTDolphins

            No problem brother. Not a fan of Incognito either he’s just not a good man in my mind. Nate Garner did good filling in for him during his minor injury Thursday so I’m not too worried about that aspect of it

          • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

            The worry for the Dolphins is depth at this point, but that’s honestly been the worry all season. Incognito seems like an extremely awful person who arbitrarily picks on people and has no sense of right and wrong. I sincerely hope he gets either the help he needs or embarks on a fruitful journey of self-discovery. What he did is just indefensible, and it’s been the story of his career, really. I would be surprised if he isn’t “out of the league” now.