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Is Jonathan Martin a Hero in “Bullygate”?

rich 300x225 Is Jonathan Martin a Hero in Bullygate?

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‏@68INCOGNITO
I would like to thank my MOM & DAD for raising an ass kicking machine. #2 Dirtiest Player in NFL

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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  • ESPN reports that Martin possesses the following voice mail message from Incognito:

    “”Hey, wassup, you half n—– piece of s—. I saw you on Twitter, you been training 10 weeks. [I want to] s— in your f—ing mouth. [I'm going to] slap your f—ing mouth. [I'm going to] slap your real mother across the face [laughter]. F— you, you’re still a rookie. I’ll kill you.”

    Sources familiar with the tapes say these are terms Incognito used over time and were not isolated incidents, including the use of the racial epithet multiple times.”

    There are also reports that he threatened Martin’s family.

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/9926139/richie-incognito-miami-dolphins-used-slurs-messages-jonathan-martin

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  • Actually Martin comes off more like a Pussy than anything.

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    • When this was initially reported as “bullying”, I felt that Martin needed to toughen up. But these new revelations have put it in a different context. Was the incident where the o-line stood up at dinner and refused to sit with Martin, resulting in him leaving the team, just normal hazing, or was it a response to him not wanting to write a check for $15,000 to cover a junket to Las Vegas?

      It is one thing to snap a few towels in the locker room. But expecting a second-year player (or a rookie, for that matter) to routinely pay five figures to subsidize a night of strippers and blackjack is obscene. These players make good money. But they risk life and limb for it, and their careers are short (will Martin ever play again?) and many of them end up bankrupt as it is. Asking them to pay out that kind of money as a matter of routine should not be tolerated. If that was the case, it took balls for Martin to stand up to them and refuse to pay. Don’t judge him until the facts are in.

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      • James Lancaster

        Goes way beyond paying for $32,000 meals. Threats against family members and racists comments are being reported.

        Another black eye for a once proud organization. :sad:

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  • Recidivist: thanks for the reply. My article is carefully written so that I don’t say he IS a hero, rather that he MIGHT be.

    We don’t know the facts. We should wait for everything to come out before we jump to any conclusions. My article was simply to try to cast a light from a different direction so people wouldn’t be so quick to rush to judgment.

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    • James Lancaster

      We do know…for a FACT, that Rich has done something serious enough that he been suspended for four games. Think that isn’t a big deal? Well how many players get arrested and are suspended for four games?

      This is no small deal….

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  • Boy, did you post that a little prematurely? When this is all over you will be eating crow.

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