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Jonathan Martin took a leave of absence from the Miami Dolphins on October 28.

Jonathan Martin took a leave of absence from the Miami Dolphins on October 28.

Football fans love drama. The back and forth of close games, the thrill of a come-from-behind victory, the outsized personalities — all of these make for plenty of excitement in the NFL. However, one team is making headlines for its off-the-field drama far more than for its on-the-field antics these days. The Miami Dolphins have suddenly found themselves embroiled in a controversy involving player hazing, bullying, and harassment, with the added twist of apparent racism.

The soap opera began last week when second -ear offensive tackle Jonathan Martin took a leave of absence from the team, claiming other players bullied him.

Martin left Dolphins headquarters on Monday when finally reaching his limit with the persistent bullying and teasing from some teammates that has plagued him since joining Miami as a 2012 second-round draft choice. As first reported by FOX Sports NFL insider Jay Glazer, the latest taunt – a group of players stood up and left when he tried joining them for lunch – led to Martin getting up himself and walking out the door.

There is no timetable for a return, which could lead Miami to ultimately place him on the reserve/non-football injury list. It also raises questions about his future with the franchise.

This wasn’t an abrupt action by Martin, who is Stanford-educated and the son of two lawyers who attended Harvard University. A source said Martin has tried dealing with a slew of indignities that crossed into personal and family insults, including being bestowed with the nickname of “Big Weirdo.”

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37 weeks ago
37 weeks ago Link To Comment
So they don't have a sensitivity counselor like the Niners? Well, maybe the Raiders will want him?
37 weeks ago
37 weeks ago Link To Comment
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37 weeks ago
37 weeks ago Link To Comment
The rookie payment of team fine dining, etc., would that be taxable income to the diners?
37 weeks ago
37 weeks ago Link To Comment
Incognito never grew out of his junior high bully phase. Calling another grown man on the phone to verbally harass him? Sorry Richie, you are no longer allowed to sit at the grownups table.
37 weeks ago
37 weeks ago Link To Comment
Incognito will only be able to work for the Hells Angels MC.
37 weeks ago
37 weeks ago Link To Comment
Incognito is a POS and went over board for sure but Jonathan Martin is a grown man. A gigantic strong man. Yet he let some guy punk him out of his money and his dignity. This could have been handled by Martin stepping up and stopping this by bringing the issue to his teammates or just giving Incognito a four piece combo to his face.
37 weeks ago
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It's a shame Incognito's teammates didn't rectify the problem and let it get to the League because hazing newcomers is close to universal and has a real purpose. Usually it is a good-natured way of letting newcomers know they have a lot to learn, need to ask questions and should follow the lead of the veterans. Incognito's acts didn't fit this.
37 weeks ago
37 weeks ago Link To Comment
$15,000 for a trip he didn't even take part in? That's not hazing, that's theft. And the amount should make it a felony.
37 weeks ago
37 weeks ago Link To Comment
I would liken it to extortion under implied threat of retaliation.

It's no wonder the 80% of professional football players are bankrupt within 2 years of leaving the league. They find out in the real world that physical intimidation don't mean squat.

37 weeks ago
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Actually it's because they live way beyond their means.
37 weeks ago
37 weeks ago Link To Comment
Greetings:

Now wait just a gosh-darned minute. I thought that the WWE was the soap opera for football fans.
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