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Is Jonathan Martin a Hero in “Bullygate”?
The Dolphins have suspended OG Rich Incognito for “conduct detrimental to the team” for his actions contributing to teammate Jonathan Martin leaving the team last week. Many are calling Incognito’s actions “hazing” or “bullying”.
In the discussions I’ve seen there has been a good deal of criticism directed towards Martin for leaving the team, saying Incognito’s actions are a standard right of passage for NFL players. We need to take a step back and change the terminology. It isn’t bullying or hazing. In the workplace it’s harassment and it’s illegal. You may not be aware of this, but Martin’s parents are lawyers who attended Harvard.
Martin attended Stanford. This is an intelligent, educated family. It’s safe to say they weighed the pros and cons of the situation, understanding the press this would get, and the potential ramifications to Martin’s NFL career.
Martin didn’t just “cry about this”. He put up with it for two offseasons and one and half regular seasons. Clearly he hassubstantial enough evidence of harassment to warrant suspending Incognito. Mind you, Incognito is know as an ass and was routinely voted as one of the NFL’s dirtiest players. Then consider that Incognito revels in this distinction, saying he wears it as a badge of honor. Hence his tweet in the caption of the posted photo. It doesn’t take a strong imagination to envision that Incognito crossed the line.
One of the bigger questions for me is: What steps did Martin take communicating the issue with the coaches and management? I have to imagine that he tried working with them before walking out. Clearly they didn’t do anything about it. Maybe Martin tried to stand up for the current rookies, and maybe that continued to earn him Incognito’s special attention.
MAYBE Martin is a leader on this issue – trying to do what is right and good for not only himself but also his teammates so this meat head doesn’t excessively abuse/harass them. MAYBE Martin has some Jupiter size stones to do what is right despite the fact that he *knows* he’s going to take a beating on this. Maybe this will have a positive influence throughout the NFL. Maybe the lack of action by the coaches and management forced Martin to do something drastic to get the issue addressed.
Absent filing a lawsuit against his employer (you want to talk about career suicide), Martin did the next best thing and made it public. How about before we rush off to any conclusions and persecute him in the court of public opinion we wait to see the, you know, actual evidence.
Beat your girlfriend? Sure you can play for us. Kill someone while driving drunk? No problem. Call a cab next time. Repeated drug use? You’re forgiven – just don’t get caught, er, do it again. Accused of rape? Ha! Take a stand against harassment? Get out of here you wimp! —-> Really?!?!?!?!?!? Martin just might be a hero rather than the wuss that some are portraying him as.
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