The Miami Dolphins: A Soap Opera for Football Fans
Tales of hazing, harassment, and racism are plaguing one NFL team. See also: Dolphins' Coaches Reportedly Told Richie Incongito To Toughen Up Jonathan Martin
November 6, 2013 - 9:00 am
Martin’s decision led to further allegations detailing how veteran players treated rookies. The Miami Herald reported that Martin and other unnamed players maintain that older players forced rookies to pay for expensive meals and trips for other team members.
Young Dolphins players are under pressure to dig deep into their pockets to pay for veterans’ social outings, a practice that is straining their finances and locker room chemistry, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation.
These allegations come on the heels of an ESPN report Sunday morning that [guard Richie] Incognito pressured Martin into paying $15,000 for an unofficial team vacation to Las Vegas — a trip that Martin, an offensive tackle, didn’t even join.
The Dolphins said Sunday night they suspended Incognito indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team.
According to a statement from the team, “We believe in maintaining a culture of respect for one another, and as a result we believe this is in the best interests of the organization at this time.”
One young defensive player, whose privacy the Miami Herald is protecting, is on his way to going broke because he has been unable to say no to the older players, a source said.
“Everything tastes better when rookies pay for it,” veteran defensive end Jared Odrick wrote on Twitter over the weekend. “Yes, the bill would make you sick.”
Younger players were handed the tab for a $30,000 team dinner, according to a source. The rookie minimum salary this year is about $400,000.
Will Davis, a rookie cornerback, tweeted Sunday: “The bill was definitely split. . . . They would never put that on one man to pay for it all. Haha now that would be crazy . . .”
Martin pointed out troubled teammate Richie Incognito as the ringleader, which led to his suspension. Incognito chose not to live up to his name, vehemently denying his involvement via Twitter. He went after both individual reporters and networks demanding that they clear his name — his tweets also included quotes from Winston Churchill and Buddha. However, ESPN and the Herald learned of harassing voicemails and texts which Incognito left Martin over a period of several months.
Multiple sources confirmed to ESPN that the following is a transcript of a voice message Incognito left for Martin in April 2013, a year after Martin was drafted:
“Hey, wassup, you half n—– piece of s—. I saw you on Twitter, you been training 10 weeks. [I want to] s— in your f—ing mouth. [I'm going to] slap your f—ing mouth. [I'm going to] slap your real mother across the face [laughter]. F— you, you’re still a rookie. I’ll kill you.”
Sources tell ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that officials from both the NFL and the Dolphins have heard the tape and have copies of the message.
Sources familiar with the tapes say these are terms Incognito used over time and were not isolated incidents, including the use of the racial epithet multiple times.
Sources also say Martin received a series of texts that included derogatory terms referring to the female anatomy and sexual orientation.