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News and opinion on Jonathan Martin interview

First the news, although in this case there is precious little: In his interview with NBC, Dolphins offensive tackle Jonathan Martin claims when he became uncomfortable with what appears to be verbal abuse he told coaches "above me" of his discomfort but "didn't get into specifics because you're not supposed to quote unquote snitch on your teammates."

That suggests Martin told Dolphins offensive line Jim Turner of something going on but obviously was not specific.

Martin also confirmed he never talked to head coach Joe Philbin about his issue, which has been reported here multiple times and Philbin has claimed throughout.

"There was persistent comments of a racial nature, aggressive sexual comments related to my sister and my mother,'' Martin told Dungy in the interview, portions of which aired on NBC's TODAY Wednesday morning. "I’ve spoken to my former teammates in other locker rooms across the NFL and I asked them, does this stuff go on? Is this normal rooking hazing? The consensus was, this is not normal."

Martin claimed he had no issues with pranks (perhaps because he participated in those and pulled them on other teammates also) but said the verbal abuse was "personal."

 "I have no problem with the normal hazing that you see in the NFL," Martin said. "'Get a haircut,' stuff like that, little pranks. The personal attacking nature, I don’t think there’s any place for that."

That's it. That's the news. The full interview with NBC's Tony Dungy will be aired on NBC Network's PFT at 6:30 Wednesday.

Now my opinion ...

At the risk of sounding unsympathetic, Jon Martin, your weak act is officially old. Go away. Just do what you did best as an offensive lineman on the field and back away. Just do what you did when you left your teammates unexpectedly during the season and simply disappear.

Every single step taken by you in this saga feels manufactured and authored by a lawyer as a step toward a suit. And that makes sense because you definitely have gotten excellent legal advice from your family and the lawyer you added to represent you in this matter. And I, for one, would be surprised if your legal team isn't preparing a suit.

The dramatic throwing down of your lunch tray and departure? No other teammate did that when you were among the players standing up and leaving them alone at a lunch table. So the fact you chose that harmless act to make your departure statement seems contrived now.

Seeking medical help? Please tell us where exactly? Please provide the details of what you were treated for? Because it seems you had some issues you're not eager to share. Furthermore, my understanding of classic ambulance chaser strategy is he or she demands you get "medical treatment" so your coming lawsuit can show damage, thus giving the legal action more bite. Give details, please.

The well-timed and slow leaks of allegations of wrong-doing, all of them done anonymously by your camp? Classic. They slimed the parties you intended be slimed and it was done with plausible deniability that you had nothing to do with it. It's brilliant, actually, using a media hungry for a story to feed the narrative of Martin as victim. You did it through the national media, of course, because you wanted to get your "story" out to as many as possible as quickly as possible. But you also wanted to use that vehicle because the national media wasn't going to question your motives. The national media wasn't going to form an opinion that is politically incorrect. And the national media wasn't in the locker room the week before you left when you were stewing and clearly unhappy about getting moved from left tackle to right tackle -- which in hindsight seems like another reason you left the team.

And now this NBC interview? Timed, coincidentally of course, during Super Bowl week. It is the NFL's biggest attention grabbing week of the year. And so that's the week you pick to go public with your first interview. Because that's the week it will get noticed most.

Well, this interview so far, is a dud, big guy.

The most hurtful thing you can point to as reprehensible behavior by the Dolphins is verbal abuse. So where's the "physical attack" your lawyer claimed happened? Why not give details to that? Where's the evidence of code reds?

You mean to tell me the full extent of the "bullying" your camp has alleged comes down to a pattern of mean texts sent and mean and unfeeling insults uttered by your teammates about your race or your mom or your sister?

Are you 11 years old?

You went to Stanford. You know how to communicate. Why didn't you take your tormentors aside and tell them in no uncertain terms the verbal abuse had to stop? Why didn't you tell your head coach, who definitely would have stopped the abuse and done so in-house so as to not embarrass you, your teammates or the organization? And failing that, why didn't you make an open show of one of the abusers in a full-on locker room takedown that would have definitely gotten everyone's attention -- including your coaches -- and screamed something had to change?

(Sorry people, but sometimes a man has to be a man and defend himself and his honor with whatever tools are available. Yes, flight is one of those tools, but that one pretty much sealed Martin's fate in Miami. He'll never play on that team again. He had to know that.)

Another thing:

Please Tony Dungy, you're a nice man and a Christian. So where is your discernment in all this, my brother? So far this interview shows no moment where you ask Martin why at the height of his frustration he didn't simply get face to face with whomever was tormenting him and do what men have done since David faced down Goliath -- they stand up for themselves.

No, NBC would probably frown upon this line of questioning because it would fly counter to the politically correct demasculinization of men in the 21st century. But if Martin's response to the abuse was always to grin and bear it, or even join in the abuse of others to be part of the group, that speaks poorly of the abusers, no doubt, but it also shows how weak Martin is in a den of Alpha males.

Dungy, by the way, is part of Dolphins owner Stephen Ross's committee that will look into establishing a code of conduct in the locker room. That the Dolphins need such a committee speaks poorly of the coaching staff because it is their job to establish that code and make it clear to players in no uncertain terms. Discpline on the field is born off the field, folks.

Dungy should be removed from this committee because he no longer seems impartial.

One more thing:

None of this gets Richie Incognito off the hook. He's a meathead. He displays all the signs of a bully -- loud, obnoxious at times, demanding attention. He will not be and should not be in any future Dolphins locker room. His abuse of Martin and perhaps others within the Dolphins organization is reprehensible. And his text messages? Who talks like that? But because he's something of a bully, he can be stopped dead in his tracks.

Early in training camp in 2013 he started calling another reporter a "nerd." One day as I'm standing in the middle of the locker room, he walks by and starts joking about me looking like I was lifting weights (which I don't) and then started speaking gibberish as if in mocking Spanish.

I asked Incognito politely, but firmly and seriously to stop. "Just stop."

He did. Never again.

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I'm no lousy Portuguese economic immigrant, Toronto. I, like my Father, don't eat fish only beef.(and an expensive cut at that). I was born rich, Mark, You?

when will it end

I would not be surprised one bit if Sherman also knew about it. Philbin definatley did not know or Incognito would have been benched or suspended right away.

Never, son, never. Life is that way.

oscar,
I am not from Cuba I am from Long Island (the key word being 'island').
Everybody on an island eats fish; everybody.

fish is good for you ... brain food.

No, not born rich, unfortunately. But i was born canadian,a nd for that I'm thankful. Oddly enough the alternative was to be born Brazilian.

I like steak too - my favourite cut is the top sirloin. I know it's one of the cheapest so maybe my tastes aren't very refined.

Did Freedomtown really exist and if so, did any of your family members spend time there? Just wondering how real Scarface was...

Texas,

My guess would be because thats when Cogs and Pouncey ramped up their nonsense.

You notice I didn't say abuse. I mean here where I work we mess with each other all the time. Some folks handle it better than others.

The move to RT wasn't completely on him anyway. It was Clabo who was really under performing bigtime.

I guess the fact Martin thought he was being demoted coupled with guys jacking with him was too much for him.

Great piece 'Mando! How refreshing it is to have a journalist honestly speak his mind without the usual politically correct BS! I never realized that Dungy was a big wus--how did he ever sneak into the macho sport of football? As to Martin--he is a big, 'ole bawler; while Incognito is a big,'ole baller! Which would you want on your team?

IN his day, Tony Dungy was pretty mean defensive back... tought to see that now...

Ribeye is the best cut Mark because it's full of fat. It makes it more tender and flavorful.

It also makes us americans over weight and diabetic and prone to heart problems but at least we'll be happy until we croak.

I don't see the Fins resigning Soliai and Starks. I was disappointed with their performance this past season. Both of them are entering the Twilight of their career. Get a young replacement.

This was a great read. Kudos, Mando.

Yeah, Top sirloin is crap, lol

I'm headed to Shula's in Orlando tonight :) Belated BDay meal

Perfect!!!!!!!!!!!

I don't do Ribeye either...Too fatty

Filet, T-Bone/Porterhouse, NY Strip, everything else. In that order

I guess you have to cut Dungy some slack because he's moving into that NFL coach to media figure head stage.

They all get a little full of crap when thay get to that stage and the camera is in front of them.

He is aslo widely known in the world of sport to be well respected and a man of character.

It's not lke he's going to call Martin a wuss and a fairy on national tv.

Enjoy it Marc!

Noway would i release Johnny Martin , we have his rights ,and even though he said he wanted to play football again ,but dont want to play for Miami ? well sorry lil Johnny you dont have the option to play where you want unless we say so , just like the Barry Sanders incident , he wanted a trade Detroit wouldnt trade him so he retired , SO if a Team wants Johnny , then fork over a 2nd rd pick or Johnny wont be playing football ever again until we get what we are asking , another thing if he dosent show up at training camp for Miami we dont have to pay him NOTHING , BUT WILL STILL HOLD HIS RIGHTS... SORRY JOHNNY BOY , YOU BETTER HOPE THAT WHOEVER WANTS YOU WILL GIVE US WHAT WE ARE ASKING ...

LINGUINE WITH WHITE CLAMS FROM CAPONES

Nothing else needs to be said

marc @ 4:15

The porterhouse/T-bone is filet on one side of the bone and rib-eye on the other side of the bone. When you eat porterhouse you are eating the ribeye.

I just saw Gaines was escorted out of the Dolphin facility according to multiple sources. If true, that seems a bit much presuming Gaines was a gentleman about everything.

It's also reported that he learned of Hickey's hiring through media reports. Very unprofessional of the Dolphins.

I'm beginning to think Ross learned absolutely nothing from the Harbaugh pursuit. For sure, he learned nothing from the Fisher pursuit.

In any case, the Dolphins have Philbin and Hickey. Whatever this duo is, it is not dynamic.

If Hickey hires his old boss Dominik, then the front off ice that produced a 28-52 record during the Dominik/Hickey years will now be in charge in Miami. Does anyone really believe this is the way to success?

Excellent article Armando! Well-stated.

Armando,
Thank you, I emailed you when this first came out about how this was a set up by Martin. I got ridiculed and called a homer because i was "taking" up for Richie. This was all orchestrated by him and his family, plain and simple.

Rick,

I've been in an environment like that before and it was a lot of fun. Well at least I thought so. There were a few that had issues with it so we eventually just left them out of it and they even had issues with that.

I do think the demotion to RT or at least what he thought was a demotion had a lot to do with the initial blow up. I think the RT this day and age is as important as LT. The are lining up the DE or rush LB on either side these days. I wouldn't doubt that he was harassed about that.

But what I think is the kid (emotional maturity wise) blew up, left the team and couldn't handle the embarrassment of why he left. So he used the Incognito thing as the reason. There's no doubt the Cogs thing bothered him but he was handling it ok until he needed it to make his reason for being emotionally immature.

That's my take in a nutshell anyway.

william reece @ 4:21

Martin is claiming that he is suffering from a workplace injury, that means he does collect his pay up until his contract ends and then he will be a free agent.

Don't feel bad for the Phins because they are laying off the cost of Martin on thier workers comp/disability insurance carrier(s).

They need to resign at least one of them Dashi. Good DT's don't grow on trees.

It could end up just like our attempt to replace the linebackers.

I just don't get the idea off addition by subtraction.

If you find someone who can play and wants to be apart of your system you try to hold on to them.

Show some appreciation for a guy who's out there battleing in the trenches for you.

Remember how old Jason Ferguson was before he just couldn't go anymore?

Greatest post ever Armando!! And I mean EVER.

Posted by: Sigh | January 29, 2014 at 04:23 PM

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The stupid escort thing is probably a team policy. It is where I work.

Actually, a T-Bone/Porterhouse is part strip, part filet

Just see the whole interview tonight, just don't see, watch actively!

Happy birthday marc, how are your 50s treating you? :P

NY strip is godawful, no accounting for taste I guess...

Sounds like a fair enough take Texas.

Damn we'll even argue about steak on here. I think ETF is bullying Marc!!

Marc you should throw your plate on the floor and walk out at Shula's tonight!

I agree Rick, it is a business thing and especially at that level.

I did read that Hickey interviewed Gaine today and that wasn't the way he wanted it to go. My guess would be that he wanted Gaine to stay but at a lesser role/title.

I am tired of all these xenophobic "Anglos" and racist Cubans. Obama, take care of them!

Better yet throw your plate in the waiter's face and walk out.

I STAND CORRECTED BY MARC AT 4:31

Marc was right and I was wrong about the T-bone.

When I am wrong I admit it, like a man.

The Dolphins have a Head Coach who is 15-17 the past two years; they now have a GM who is 28-52 in past five years.

They have subpar talent almost everywhere except for DE and punter.

They have an owner who is clueless about hiring quality leadership in the head coach and GM positions.

Top coaching and GM talent avoided this team in 2012 and 2014. Unless Hickey suddenly discovers how to draft, then the Dolphin run of losing is almost certain to continue.

Strip Steak or Filet Mignon - Of course an all day smoked brisket works too. Since we're talking red meat.

Actually, Rib eye is the easiest cut to prepare. Just rub some salt on both sides and leave it at RT for 30' to 1 hr.

Well sense I'm just sitting here talking sports and not getting any work done I may as well go home.

Talk with you folks a little later.

Great and totally true. Cogs could have been dealt with very easily. Confront and don't back down. That is how you deal with bullies. Martin is full of crap. May he end up with the Jets. Please.

oscar,
I use the broiler and I cook for 8 minutes on side 1 and 6 minutes on side 2 and it comes out perfect every time.

Now, Rib eye takes best to pan grill.

Ferguson was 33 when he couldn't go anymore.

I say draft one early next year or this year.

The money you save from Starks and Soliai you can invest it on B.Grimes and J.Byrd.

You guys actualy do the cooking?

Why'd you take up wives??

WUSSIES....

dashi grimes is back regardless, byrds a safety who better not touch what those dts get. u keep soliai cause he wants to be here. let starks leave

Dashi, should've taken my boy Sheldon Richardson at 12 like I wanted last year. This would be moot. But no, we need to always draft for need...

See how BPA becomes need really fast???

ANYONE ELSE NOTICE

That in the photo of the new front office it looks like Dawn is resting her boob against Hickey's arm; evidently she already knows that Philbin is toast after this season and she is distancing herself from Philbin and getting close to Hickey.

Armando, I commend you for your courage, great stuff!!!!!!
If Jonathan Martin had half the courage you did in writing this he would not have put himself and the entire organization in a tailspin. Martin should be a stud but he is lacking what you have, heart!!!!I would rather have you on the blind side , at least you got it. You have earned my respect as a real tell it like it is, sports journalist . Thank you for saying what dolfans feel.

fraud no man would want those boobs resting on them

MIT,
My ex is a really good cook; I still go over for Dinner on T'giving, C'mas and Easter.

My gf is a vegetarian and also a pretty good cook.

In either case if I want my steak cooked right I do it myself.

Martin is a .....y! Better he should be a seventh round draft pick in the Lingerie League and forget about playing in a man's football league! He belongs in a tutu and leotards instead of pads and a helmet.

Mark in Toronto I remember you advocating Richardson and even Star L. who had a pretty good year with the Panthers. Team would've had a murderers row of D tackles and a lot of negotiating leverage with Starks and Soliai this year.

I don't blame Ireland for going with Jordan though. I hope he still works out. A lot of this stuff is easy to say in hindsight.

Timmy Jernigan, Louis Nix, Rashed Hageman, and Aaron Donald will probably all go first round this year at the D tackle position.

Yeah, BPA becomes a need really fast in this era of free agency and salary cap.

MIT,

Yeah Richardson would have been a great pick last year. So would WR Allen. Both would have been a LOT cheaper than any free agent DT or Wallace or Gibson too.

A bit more difficult to tnderize NY strip quickly. Probably have to use a bit of balsamic vinegar. I had to learn how to cook, because otherwise at the time of my mariage my younger son and I would have been deceased by now.

...Texas Dolphin...You wouldn't happen to live in Austin? The Brisket at Franklins is a life changer. The dude running the place is cool too. Tells you how to do it. I thought I had skills in a pit? Nope. Made it to a place(I can't remember the little town) Snows BBQUE...That place was goo too. Only open on the weekend though. I think it started as a place cattlemen would eat after the bovine auctions.

BTW the Porterhouse is the NY Strip and the filet. Not the Ribeye.

fins needs are secondary,oline, rb,

OOHHH Mando I'm so scared of you... JUST STOP IT! BTCH!

I have been a regular reader of this blog for many years, yet I've never commented on a single post. This is, hands down, the greatest piece of writing I've seen you post, Mr. Salguero. It's about time that someone puts a stop to this nonsense. Football, and the world in general, are falling apart due to the belief that people have to be politically correct all of the time. I applaud your candor.

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