Jonathan Martin Says Treatment By Teammates Went Beyond Hazing
Rucuss staffNovember 8, 2013
Miami Dolphins player Jonathan Martin has hired attorney David Cornwell this week to represent him with his ‘bully’ case.
One of Cornwell’s first jobs was to send out a statement on behalf of Martin. In the statement that was published by Pro Football Talk, Cornwell defended Martin’s toughness and said it was not the issue at hand.
Cornwell made it clear that it was the way Martin has been treated by his teammates, which goes well beyond typical NFL hazing. He made it clear that Martin was friends with Richie Incognito and other teammates because he hoped that would help the bullying stop.
Read the statement via Pro Football Talk below:
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–k her without a condom and c– in her c—.”
Martin is with his family in California to undergo counseling for emotional issues. A senior partner in a New York law firm was appointed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to investigate possible misconduct and prepare a report.
Photos via PalmBeachPost.com and Onpoint.wbur.org
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