Jonathan Martin’s public silence ended today. The troubled Miami Dolphins player spoke to the media after meeting with an independent investigator regarding the sordid details involving his relations with Richie Incognito.
Anyone expecting a major announcement was disappointed. “I do not intend this discuss this matter publicly,” Martin said. “This is the right way to handle the situation.” He then left.
Martin, the offensive tackle whose departure erupted into a bullying scandal that tainted pro football, was in New York. His first stop Friday was a meeting with Ted Wells, an attorney chosen by the NFL to get to the bottom of what happened between the players and within the Dolphins organization.
He was expected to visit Dolphins owner Stephen Ross after his time at Wells’ Manhattan office.
Martin didn’t speak to media members en route to meet Wells. Martin’s lawyer, David Cornwell, maintained that Martin endured a “malicious physical attack and “daily vulgar comments,” the New York Daily News reported.
Incognito is suspended for his actions involving Martin, and he awaits the next move after Thursday’s filing of a grievance against the Dolphins. The team banished him for conduct detrimental to the team.
In his defense, Incognito says his behavior was on par with actions in other teams’ locker rooms. Teammates support his stand, but Martin says his linemate wasn’t the only source of bullying.
Reports indicated texts from Incognito included racial slurs.
The NFL wants Wells to gather details. Wells will make his findings known, although when is not immediately known.
Wells also will look at the actions of other Dolphins personnel, including coach Joe Philbin.
Martin, in his second NFL season, had been in California getting treatment and support since leaving the Dolphins. Incognito was in that state last weekend. Reports said Martin was being treated for post-traumatic stress syndrome.
Without their two starting offensive linemen and under a full spectrum of scrutiny the Dolphins last Nov. 7 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They play Sunday against the visiting San