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Dolphins’ Coaches Reportedly Told Richie Incongito to Toughen Up Jonathan Martin

More drama developments in the NFL's bullying scandal.

Chris Queen


November 6, 2013 - 3:24 pm

Incognito & Martin

I just wrote about the brewing scandal involving the Miami Dolphins and the alleged bullying of offensive tackle Jonathan Martin. Apparently, the situation contains further wrinkles that we’re just learning today. The Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel has reported that Dolphins coaches told teammate Richie Incognito to toughen Martin up, though Incognito may have taken the instruction too far:

Sources say that communication took place when Martin skipped two days of the team’s OTA program, and Incognito was encouraged by his coaches to make a call that would “get him into the fold,” one source said.

Even though OTA workouts are voluntary, the NFL culture forces coaches to strong arm the team’s leaders to make sure everyone attends. Sources say Incognito was doing his job, but they admit he crossed the line.

Incognito spoke out to the press for the first time this week, telling a local reporter, ”You know what, I’m just trying to weather the storm right now… this will pass.”

Other Dolphins players, though supportive of Martin, say he should have spoken out sooner.

Linebacker Dannell Ellerbe indicated that Martin should have come to the leadership council with his problems, which apparently carried over to his second season. The problem is Incognito was also on the leadership council, and possessed a tremendous amount of power and influence.

That might explain why Martin hid his issues with Incognito, and on occasion hung around with him in South Florida, and during road trips. It is possible Martin felt he had to do so to feel accepted.

Martin remains on the team’s 53-man roster, and his teammates have indicated that they would welcome him back when he is ready to return.

All Chris Queen wanted to be growing up was a game show host, a weather man, or James Bond. But his writing talent won out. By day, Chris is a somewhat mild-mannered church communications director, but by night, he keeps his finger on the pulse of pop culture and writes about it. In addition to his Disney obsession (as evidenced by his posts on this website), Chris's interests include college sports -- especially his beloved Georgia Bulldogs -- and a wide variety of music. A native of Marietta, GA, Chris moved with his family as a child to nearby Covington, GA, where he still makes his home. He is an active charter member of Eastridge Community Church and enjoys spending time with family and friends. In addition to his work at PJ Media, Chris spent nearly a year as a contributor to NewsReal Blog. He has also written for Celebrations Magazine and two newspapers in Metro Atlanta. Check out his website,

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1 year ago
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Excuse me?

Giant millionaires with hyper-testosterone involved in a violent game are acting like male Elephant Seals in mating season and somebody "goes to the principal?" Excuse me if I don't think this is news or matters at all. I love bread & circuses too, but I understand the price that is attached to it, and accept that.
1 year ago
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Has Mr. Incognito been officially declared a "white Hispanic" yet ???
1 year ago
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when they first let women into the locker rooms and one immediately sued for seeing a man not properly clothed, I knew then pro football as we knew it was dead. what you see now are the involuntary death twitches as the vultures (lawyers) pick at the corpse. I have quit watching it at the pro level, same for basketball and baseball. starting to look a lot like a cross between pro wrestling and daytime soaps. show me the $$$! yeah, show me the honesty and integrity of the game again.

hope this $$ thing doesn't infect college sports, any more than it already has.
1 year ago
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Well the coaches plan backfired. Incognito took it too far and Martin apparently can't stand up for himself when Inconito took it too far.
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