Offensive tackle Jonathan Martin says he felt trapped while with Dolphins
Offensive tackle Jonathan Martin says the persistence of vulgar language around the Miami Dolphins made him feel trapped, so he left the team before lodging allegations at the root of a bullying scandal.
The Associated Press
DAVIE, Fla. – Offensive tackle Jonathan Martin says the persistence of vulgar language around the Miami Dolphins made him feel trapped, so he left the team before lodging allegations at the root of a bullying scandal.
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said he is proud of the way the franchise responded to the case.
Martin’s comments, which aired Tuesday on “NBC Nightly News,” came in his first interview since the scandal broke. He left the Dolphins in October and alleged he was harassed daily by teammates, including guard Richie Incognito, who was suspended for the final eight games.
“I’m a grown man,” said Martin, 24. “I’ve been in locker rooms. There’s vulgar language used in locker rooms. One instance doesn’t bother me. It’s the persistence of it. I wish I would have had more tools to solve my situation.
“I felt trapped, like I didn’t have a way to make it right.”
New York attorney Ted Wells began a league investigation in November, and his report is to be released after the Super Bowl.
Incognito becomes a free agent this winter. When asked if Incognito or the 6-foot-5, 312-pound Martin will play for the Dolphins again, Ross equivocated.
“I don’t believe so — well, I can’t say that,” Ross said, adding with a chuckle, “Therefore, I retract that.”
Wells’ report is expected to address the roles of coach Joe Philbin, his staff and Miami management in the case that inspired a national debate about workplace bullying.
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