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Statement from Jonathan Martin attorney here

Jonathan Martin's family this week hired sports attorney David Cornwell to represent the Dolphins offensive lineman. On Thursday evening Cornwell released the following statement:

Jonathan Martin’s toughness is not at issue. Jonathan has started every game with the Miami Dolphins since he was drafted in 2012. At Stanford, he was the anchor for Jim Harbaugh’s “smash mouth” brand of football and he protected Andrew Luck's blind side.

"The issue is Jonathan’s treatment by his teammates. 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

"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 (expletive) her without a condom and (expletive) in her (expletive).”

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This is going to get far, far worse if these quotes are verified.

Was the unnamed teammate Michael Egnew?

The Dolphins have NOT denied (yet) that Ireland advocated the use of violence as a way to solve a workplace dispute. This is such a serious charge that the team would issue a denial in far less than in 24 hours if the story was untrue. Perhaps they are afraid the conversation was taped.

Philbin ordered (or allowed) Dolphin players to talk to the media to defend the team from Martin's allegations. Then Philbin and the team close ranks and say they are waiting for the NFL to complete its investigation. This PR move may haunt the Dolphins later.

Philbin did not answer directly when asked if Martin had told him of the issues BEFORE Martin left the team.

Everyone is going to be suing everyone else. Ross should sell the team to an owner who will rebuild it from the ground up. The GM, Aponte, Philbin, and much of the roster needs to go.

This is a sad and ugly day for the Dolphins and one thinks now that it's going to get worse.

Great...now we got a slick lawyer gonna pull an OJ on the Phins!

Unfortunately this is all going to end up in court and Mr.Ross is not going to be happy.

I'm afraid our favorite coach in Dolphin history and our favorite GM will have their heads rolling off the silver platter.

Poor Jeff and Joe. Enjoy them for the next 8 weeks cause this is probably the end for them.

Phins 78....

The floor is yours.....

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—.”

I DON'T UNDERSTAND THE RIDDLE, AND WHAT DOES A TRAIN RIDE HAVE TO DO WITH THIS????

That's far beyond normal locker room behavior? In what world?! He didn't even say he was gonna c___ in her face...or buuutt...Sheesh. What a sissy

More garbage from his side. Show video, audio or it didn't happen ! This isn't Russia and we have a constitution that makes sure one isn't rail roaded !

And if simply starting is a sign of toughness we should call back up that miserable right tackle we had the year before we drafted this miserable right tackle.

Yeah, This is utterly ridiculous. Befriended them to stop the harassment? They talked about my sister...

This is not at all helping his defense of manliness. Goodness what a vag!

I thought the story would began to fade away. This new quote (if true and if it is a slow news day) is going to blow this team sky high.

The Dolphins look like such idiots having their players go out and 'defend' the team now. They should have kept silent.

This scandal is so damaging to the Dolphin brand, and even the NFL brand, that Ross needs to push for a very quick, transparent and fair investigation. It may mean that much of the team's management, coaching and roster will need to be purged. He may need to write settlement checks to get this under control.

What a failure of leadership by all involved.

This guy wouldn't be welcome in any locker room in any sport except maybe a figure skating team! I hope he doesn't look forward to playing football too much.

My rant from the last blog looks even more appropriate now:

I've been hoping this "story" would go away so we could get back to the never ending struggle to be a good football team.

I don't mean to be unconcerned about Martin's well being but I think the big fella will be ok. He's a Stanford grad, a fair football player, and has 2 lawyers for parents.

As usual though it's beginning to look like we once again will end up with egg on our face and mired in dysfunction.

Over the past 10 plus years we've had several periods, weeks, games where we just looked like we were plain snakebit but there was always hope of what the off season would bring.

This year we had what was supposed to be the best off season ever and optimism was highest as it's been in awhile and we got off to a 3-0 start.

Since then it's been a microcosm of the past decade. The irony for a shell shocked Dolfan couldn't get any thicker. It's like freakin Ground Hog Day! It just won't end.

Now we get the icing on the cake. After our biggest win in a couple of seasons we get the bully scandal.

I've been pulling for this organization to succeed but it's looking awfully same old,same old to me.

We are in dire need of some charisma, some energy, to reel off a few wins in row. To change the negative talk to playoff talk.

As Dolphin fans we know better than to expect that though. What possible reason do we have to expect that from this team.

It has gotten so bad that there are many fans hoping this latest debacle is enough to get the whole group fired so we can start over...again. Even though we haven't shown through 2 owners with enough money to buy the state of Florida, that we have sense enough to hire the right people to turn it around.

We're coming off a big win against a playoff team, we're 4-4, and have a Monday night game against the winless, hapless Bucs up next. Who's putting money on the Fins?????

I blame Sherman.

Are you seriously blaming leadership for teammates talking to each other like men do?!

All you men even football fans? Perhaps you should by tickets to the ballet where everyone is civilized.

He needs to learn to let things roll off his back. That's the way guys joke. I can't tell you how many times I have joked with my buddies about one of their moms or something similar

Florio tomorrow: Cornwell says Martin disrespected by Fin cheerleaders.

It's laughable the lengths that so go to on this blog to make a complete @ss of themselves....

One suspects that there is worse to be revealed. Perhaps much worse. Time will tell.

Still, the Dolphins have handled this dreadfully on so many levels. It's clear that Ireland, Aponte and Philbin are in WAY over their heads in trying to manage a modern professional sporting team.

Even the PR stunt of having the players defend the team looks like the work of complete incompetents.

A few more quotes, tweets, texts and/or emails like the ones already allegedly made against Martin will make SpyGate ad even BountyGate seem like the minor leagues.

One suspects that your crush on Martin will be revealed. Perhaps much more. Time will tell.

Phins 78....

Do you still stand by Cogs....keep in mind....this is most likely the tip of the iceberg....more to follow for sure.....

And now we have the Martin camp saying....he endured a malicious physical attack....

Does this change your opinion @ all....

The only people that look incompetent are the one's defending this fagggggot. What a puusssssy....Unbelievable this guy is a pro football player

Not sure what your expecting me to say. I've already stated my opinion about locker room trash talking. This information changes nothing. The "attack"? Lawyer said it was a fact. When did it occur and by whom? Was it the fight with Starks? Who knows, the lawyer didn't say right?

This is his word against theirs, I didn't see any evidence presented so how can I judge?

".this is most likely the tip of the iceberg"

FALSE! INADMISSABLE!

Defendant only used the tip of his club!

Phins...Don't bother. Dude is baiting you

Posted by: Marc | November 07, 2013 at 09:56 PM

Got something against gays?

Phins 78....

You are prudent to be skeptical.....

But the FINS suspended COGS for a reason....there is prior knowledge of wrong doing in that locker room....

It will all come out soon enough....that much I am sure.....

Then why, after leaving the team, did Martin text to Incognito that he doesn't blame them? This is a giant douche vs. a turd sandwich.

Martin thinks that befriending them would help? I know would have...a right hook to the jaw.

Martin is a sissy. No team will touch this girl Anymore. Miami should cut him now!

What a joke. I hope miami comes together n shuts the haters up. Us vs the world mentality. Thats what it has to be now.

He said nothing new. Am I wrong?

And they are using the exact reasoning we were saying they would, that the reason he was going along with it is because he thought it would help. Seriously, we had already come up with what they would say by 2pm so Im not exactly shocked.

How did Martin make it through high school? How thin skinned can one man possibly be?

Gee Martin's lawyer just happens to issue a statement 30 minutes before halftime of nationally televised game. What a coincidence lol.

Keyword "Teammates"

So he is implying more than 1 player was bullying him. Not just Incognito.

Oh, how Martin keeps putting his foot in his mouth.

So J.Martin is taking every comment ever said to him in a literal way.

And the hiring of the lawyer only guaranties Martin will never play Pro Football Again.

It's not thin skin Craig...it's soft. Buttery smooth mocha...Mmm Mmm Mmm. I bet the boys love it!

Marc...

I don't bait Phins 78....we can talk...we have a mutual respect for one another based on previous conversations....

You....

You are little more than a homophobic.....prejudice....troll....as evidenced by your previous post....what you say matters not.....

As a matter of fact....the mere fact that you are so heavily in the Cogs camp.....means that I must be on to something to have an opinion opposite of yours .....

I'd be more than proud....if we NEVER had anything in common.....

Are you kidding me??? I guess the next will be a mamma joke! 😂😂😂😂😂

Those of us who are posting about how serious this is for the Dolphins are looking at the following:

1 - This scandal relates strongly to labor laws (and the NFL is NOT exempt from such laws).

2 - The Dolphins have allowed something that could have been fixed in-house to explode into a national scandal.

3 - The GM has not issued a denial within 24 hours after it was reported that he suggested violence to solve a workplace dispute. It should have taken him less than 24 minutes to respond.

4 - The Dolphins have now twice released statements or had players speak on the record in support of Cogs. Both of these ploys have backfired.

On Sunday, the racist transcript was released after the Dolphins denied any knowledge whatsoever of problems relating to bullying. Regardless of the context, this transcript (plus the youtube video of Cogs) hurt the Dolphins. There was also a serious report of rookie hazing that has been forgotten.

Yesterday, the Dolphin players voiced support of Cogs and were lukewarm toward Martin. This was ordered by Philbin (and he takes his orders from Ireland and Aponte). Today, there are reports that Cogs assaulted a woman at a Dolphins sponsored Golf event. Then, Martin's lawyers makes a statement and releases a quote that, if true, knocks the teeth out of Miami's stupid PR stunt yesterday.

5 - The Dolphins are destroying their brand by these stupid antics. They need to be a professional organization and resolve these issues as quickly as possible before it gets worse both legally and from a PR standpoint.

..I will keep silent until the facts are all out. I have too. There are so many layers to this, that who knows where we end up. It seems every hour there is a plot twist. People who have drawn lines as far as there opinions get a "win" only to be trumped as new news comes out spoiling whatever" I knew I was right" victory party any one of us may be celebrating

To know for sure what happened is the great mystery. All I can add is that this whole episode is sad. Pathetic really..From everyone involved. There is no right here..Nothing about this is ok.

Dashi....

The since none of Martin's teammates came out on his behalf ( not strongly)....the Martin feels ha has nothing to lose....and a wounded animal is a dangerous one....

I said earlier...this locker is full of followers....and the let a journeyman lineman lead them down the wrong path.....

Obviously you don't. You claim to be a serviceman, but, you think like a girl.

Homophobic and Racist. Two buzz words these days. I'm neither.

We all have prejudices.

I'm using faaag in a manner implying weakness...Ya know, like a lot of men and women do. I wouldn't expect you to understand.

Although. Based on the circumstances it's highly probable that Martin is indeed gaaaay

The perfect example to describe this debacle.

It is like a kid quiting on his HS football team because the players picked on him. And he decides to comeback with his parents to Sue the School without ever speaking to the HC and telling him about the problem.

And with J.Martin picture the kid being a Girl. An ugly fat girl who is super sensitive about her feelings.

The sad thing Marc....

The only person that doesn't know your a joke...is you.....

HERE IS WHAT WILL HELP SMOTHER SOME OF THIS BS!! WINNING! THE NEXT 3 GAMES ARE TB,SD,AND CAROLINA AND 2 OF THE 3 ARE AT HOME AND ALL ARE WINNABLE GAMES BUT IF THE TEAM FAILS AND LOSES 2 OF 3(VERY POSSIBLE THAN THIS STORY GAINS MORE TRACTION. WIN ALL 3 FOLLOWED BY A JETS WIN(POSSIBLE BUT TOUGH) THE TEAM WILL BE 7-4 AND IN GOOD POSITION TO MAKE THE PLAYOFFS "BULLIES OR NOT" AND THE FANS WHO FEELS AS IF ALL OF THIS IS "LOCKER ROOM KID STUFF" THAT DOESN'T COMPARE TO THE BULLYING THAT KIDS AND TEENAGERS GO UP AGAINST. I PERSONALLY THINK THIS IS A PLAN BY MARTIN TO SUE THE DOLPHINS AND NOT HAVE TO PLAY FOOTBALL AGAIN BECAUSE HE DOES NOT REALLY"WANT TO". THIS WAS ALL PART OF HIS GRAND PLAN WHY ELSE WOULD HE HAVE ENDURED ALL THIS CRUELTY AND NO ON THE TEAM KNEW ANYTHING UNTIL HE LOST HIS "NATURAL STARTING POSITION (LT) NOW THE BABY BOY IS MAD AND WANTS TO GET EVEN!! GTFO!! NOW WE KNOW WHY HE CAN'T BLOCK !! GO FINS !! BEAT TB AND GET THIS BS BURRIED TO SOME DEGREE!!

Before anyone runs off and buy's into yet another load of BS from the Martin camp. Just try and keep in mind one thing. This entire situation has been leading up to Martin wanting paid.

It is the job of this "Blow Hard" attorney to get Martin paid... That is how HE GETS PAID.....

If you listen to an defense attorney speaking about his client, your going to be told all his client was doing when he was caught with 53 tons of Cocaine and 30 AK-47's was "Helping crippled children and doing all he could for society"... and he had a little "Personal use stash of 53 tons of blow....

If you listen to a prosecutor... Every defendant that stand in front of the judge should be taken out back and shot for being a "Menace to society"...

If there is ONE PERSON... JUST ONE who you SHOULDN'T BELIEVE.... It's the damned gut sucking attorney....

I came to the determination many years ago, that when I die I want to be between a lawyer and a politician.... Because I wanna be like Jesus and die between two thieves....

Im not standing up for Cogs Im standing up for whats fair.

I already said cogs was an idiot and should be cut if ALL the accusations were true.

But i think the exaggerations and flat out lies were unfair. And I spent the better part of my day documenting every lie and exaggeration in this blog.

They didnt say richie physically attacked him they said a teammate. And they said it right after they talked about the text. "Beyond the well documented voicemail and racial epithet jonathan endured a vicious attack by a teammate" and then he goes on talking about how everyone picked on him. I think you may have read it wrong because to me it looks as if they are going after the whole team now.

2 things - 1. just put in all your evidence and end this crap - release both guys and deal with his frivolous suit down the road. and 2. is his sister hot?

Kris,

I doubt they are "Following" Incognito. They are just standing up for a teammate that was falsely accused.

With this new statement J.Martin that more than one person was doing the Bullying.

I believe J.Martin is just an Opportunist. He find his way out and he is going to exploit it the best he can.

Like I said the other day, If J-Mart wanted to really play football he would've dropped the lawsuit and returned to the team as soon as they dropped Incognito. But Martin doesn't want to play football.

NOW J.MARTIN IS BEING BULLIED BY HIS PARENTS TO CONTINUE WITH THE LAWSUIT.

If you could ONCE please learn to grasp the concept of CONTRACTIONS!!! JEEEESUS!

There's a reason I'm a civilian now, and it's because of leaders that have the IQ of 5th graders

* J.Martin states more than one person ....

Marc wants to challenge me to a maniliness debate over a blog....

What's next....

I'm rubber and your glue comments....

Right up your level of maturity....

The whole thing is childish. It's a money grab, pure and simple. Dez Bryant should hop on board with this lawyer too, maybe they can make it class action.

All the Coaches that knew--- and it will come out that somebody knew what was going on---should call their local Realtor today and put their house up for Sale!!!---Incognito is the tip of the iceberg---time for guys to start coming clean. Ireland was correct! Martin should have swung on the idiot who made such a vulgar comment regarding his sister. He should swing on him again if he's in that locker room if and when he returns too. Totally unacceptable!!

Yep, I was right, they're blaming the whole team. Allllll of the players. And Richies camp says they have evidence of their own.

Kris, the floor is yours ;p

Martin's motivation for this high priced law suit?
1. to shed light on locker room hazing?
2. to teach Incognito a lesson once and for all?
3. to punish the organization for allowing it?
or
4. to get a fat stack and never have to play football again?

I find them all plausible. Time will tell.

Too ridiculous for words...where do I start? Really this is the defense of a quitter and traitor that threw his perceived best friend under the bus??

Phins 78....

That is what I said in my 10:09 post to Dashi.....

The teammates not having his back....was a slap in the face to him.....

Some of you are so ignorant!! I hope that some of you who are saying he is a wuss or whatever are parents and your child gets bullied. See how you handle that. Now that would be poetic justice. Stop being so dense you lunatics!

Family hiring a high profile lawyer? Martin has ZERO plans to play NFL football ever again.

This is adding up to Martin suing the Dolphins for more money than he ever would have made in his football career.

Well, he's proving that his Stanford education did not go to waste. This definitely seems to be headed to court. Just curious to learn HOW MUCH will Martin be suing the Fins for?

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