Posted November 08, 2013

Jonathan Martin’s lawyer releases statement alleging verbal and physical abuse

AFC East, Miami Dolphins
Jonathan Martin

Though Martin has not made any public comments, a state on his behalf reiterated his claims of abuse. (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

While Jonathan Martin has not made any public comments since leaving the Miami Dolphins prior to Week 9, his lawyer, David Cornwell, released a statement Thursday night addressing the situation.

(Warning: Some language may be offensive.)

The statement read: “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 at the bottom. 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 f— her without a condom and c** in her c***.’”

Cornwell is most famous for representing Alex Rodriguez in his ongoing case with Major League Baseball. Martin hired him this week, though no charges nor lawsuits have yet been filed.

Martin has not returned to the Dolphins since he abruptly left the team’s facility on Oct. 28. Richie Incognito, the teammate allegedly responsible for the most direct bullying of Martin, remains suspended indefinitely while the team and NFL investigate Martin’s claims.

A Miami ABC affiliate added yet another twist to the saga, reporting that Incognito allegedly harassed a golf course volunteer at Dolphins’ team outing in May of 2012.

The then 34-year-old volunteer told police that Incognito had been drinking, and when he was at the hole where she was working, he rubbed her privates with a golf club and knocked a pair of sunglasses off her head with it, according to the report.

“After that, he proceeded to lean up against her buttocks with his private parts as if dancing, saying ‘Let it rain! Let it rain!’” the report states. “He finally finished his inappropriate behavior by emptying bottled water in her face.”

The Dolphins play at Tampa Bay on Monday night. Martin was listed as “out” or that game on the team’s latest injury report.

105 comments
sheridanusa
sheridanusa

All this talk about what it takes to be a real man and clearly Martin is not.  If, in fact that is true, it is not a crime.  Threatening an individual and his family IS a crime.  So, giving these idiots who make this comment the benefit of the doubt I asked some people who all of us would consider "real men" about the concept of abusive harassment.  The answer from one Navy Seal was that this sort of conduct is not tolerated by the Navy nor its personnel.  These soldiers face life/death consequences - football is a game.  It is time for the NFL, the coaches and players to police the game and change the culture.  There is nothing more embarassing to see as this false, macho bravado.  Ask a special forces soldier from the recent conflicts about their experiences in combat and most will not say anything.  There walk real men, not these aggressive and abusive football players.

Paul B1
Paul B1

Boo F'n whoooo  th th th they were pppppiiiicccckkkkinnnnnggg on mmmmme!!  This boy needs to grown up if he wants to play with real men

markschoeman78
markschoeman78

Incognito is an giant a**hole and Martin is a giant p**sy...other than that who cares.


This lawyer's statement is nothing more than a predicate in order to get his client paid to sit at home. He knows the Dolphins can cut him and this is to create the impression that him being cut is for nefarious reasons, rather than the reality that he is an emotional train wreck and an unmotivated wimp.

amarshall54
amarshall54

So much crap on these comments sites ... Martin should have handled this himself, to a point.  And that "point" differs from person to person, and depends on many factors.  There comes a "point" where "man up" makes no sense.  None of us knows exactly what happened, but I do know that there comes a point, regardless of the job, where you walk off, plain and simple.  The person who should be on indefinite leave ... the coach!

Octavio
Octavio

Okay, SERIOUSLY...this is the BIG QUESTION:

What's the spread on the Dolphins/Bucs?

thebigdawg3
thebigdawg3

Martin time for you to "end it" man … well I'm using the word "man" loosely ...

rwidger
rwidger

If my toughness was being questioned, I sure as H would not be letting a lawyer speak for me.

TheBalls
TheBalls

1 thing about the lady at the golf course.  She signed a no repeat agreement.  How is this public knowledge now?

JohnDeSilva
JohnDeSilva

you break them down to build them back up the weak go home the strong survive bottom line 

moweejimono
moweejimono

The coaching staff has to bear the brunt of the "thug mentality" that existed in the Dolphin's locker room. It also allowed a type like Incognito to flourish. It also explains the mediocre record of the Dolphins where being tough (as they believe it to be) is more important than execution of the game plan. Happy the Dolphins are in Florida and my 9'ers (who believe winning is more important) are in California.

CraigBoylstein
CraigBoylstein

Racism... misogyny... gang mentality where brute force trumps intellect and love...

Truly America's game


James C
James C

I think there is a certain amount of hazing that needs to go on within every sports team. It is natural for this to happen, and if someone can't handle that amount of hazing there is a problem with that person's toughness. 

That level of hazing might involve some comments or having the rookies carry everyone's bags on trips, or stupid stuff like that. 


There is a big difference between that type of hazing and what was happening in Miami. What happened in Miami was way beyond normal team mate interactions and was criminal harassment. At some point something needed to be done about this, and Martin finally made the best decision for the situation. He got out of the situation. 


This is not about his toughness. He has proven he has the physical and mental toughness to play at a high level in the past. He spent a full season starting for Miami last season, and until this blew up he had started every single game this season. He spent 3 years starting for one of the most hard nosed coaches in college football. His toughness is not in question. I'm sure Jimbo Harbaugh ripped into him plenty while he was playing at Stanford. I'm sure his team mates did as well. He survived that. What he can't survive and be a productive employee with is the constant personal attacks and THREATS. He is playing with someone that he has to think is mentally unstable at this point. What is to stop this situation from escalating to actual violent acts against Martin. 


How would people be reacting if Richie had decided one day to toughen Martin up with a baseball bat? People would be up in arms that nothing was done to prevent this blatent assault from happening. Guess what, Martin did step up to stop this from happening. 

JohnDeSilva
JohnDeSilva

I see that the MidwestGolfGeek is still trying to impose his will on people here YOU BIG DAMN BULLY !!!!

SandraSeeckGrant
SandraSeeckGrant

Not everyone is cut out for football. That being said Martin is obviously an excellent player. But the mental toughness has to be there or u won't succeed. Who are we to judge. It starts as early as grade school fb. The tough survive and hey respect when deserved. But racial slurs or threats are unwarranted.

JohnDeSilva
JohnDeSilva

Martin's sister got the balls in the family because he sure as hell don't have any 

bsn0w1
bsn0w1

@sheridanusa Do not think no one should question whether or not Martin is a man. if you were at your regular job, you could not resort to physical violence in order to settle a problem. There is a chain of command that should be used. First the coach if you are not satisfied at that level, go to the next level the owner,if not satisfied at that level the players association. Incognito seems to be at the center of this controversy. However, what he is guilty of is using racial expletives, .which is totally unacceptable and not returning the money for the trip that Martin did not take. There is still the matter of Martin being physically attacked and the disturbing comments about his sister. The players guilty of this have not stepped up and took responsibility for their behavior. I think this turmoil is casting a bad light on all The Miami Dolphins and that is not fair to those who have not participated in the egregious behavior. Martin has an attorney and they need to stop releasing parts of the story. Speak up get to point! If he is going to sue the organization do so and bring this mess to a close. Normally when you are harassed at work, you file suit and the legal process run it's course. if necessary monetary damages are awarded case closed! In all honesty I am not sure he will be able to play anywhere. 

sheridanusa
sheridanusa

@Paul B1 All this talk about what it takes to be a real man and clearly Martin is not.  If, in fact that is true, it is not a crime.  Threatening an individual and his family IS a crime.  So, giving these idiots who make this comment the benefit of the doubt I asked some people who all of us would consider "real men" about the concept of abusive harassment.  The answer from one Navy Seal was that this sort of conduct is not tolerated by the Navy nor its personnel.  These soldiers face life/death consequences - football is a game.  It is time for the NFL, the coaches and players to police the game and change the culture.  There is nothing more embarassing to see as this false, macho bravado.  Ask a special forces soldier from the recent conflicts about their experiences in combat and most will not say anything.  There walk real men, not these aggressive and abusive football players.

bryoman
bryoman

@thebigdawg3 Mighty Big of you.  Maybe people should use that term loosely when addressing you as well.

pk_sea
pk_sea

@rwidger Ha! Internet tough guy. Life is not like the movies, if you assault someone, you will get sued and/or put in jail, regardless of your toughness being questioned. 

Tim38
Tim38

@rwidger whatever tough guy.  If you were at work for 1.5 years and everyone in the organization was either treating you like this or turning a blind eye you wouldn't be doing anything but filing a lawsuit. 

CarlLegg
CarlLegg

@rwidger  

I hope Martin gets a big settlement and goes on to do something actually meaningful with his life. The NFL is a kid's game, played mostly by immature schoolyard bullies. NFL line players are fun to watch, but for the most part these are not people I would want as friends.

Uhhhhdel
Uhhhhdel

@TheBalls Being subjected to a sexual assault nullifies any no-repeat agreements that she may have signed. 

Tim38
Tim38

@James C So if I open a sales office and you were hired and I started saying salesmen are "tough" and then threaten to rape your wife, stuff xhit in your mouth, encourage your coworkers to threaten you physically, encourage them to beat you and then continually make you feel like an outsider that would be ok right?  i mean, sales are for the tough...the real men...if you can't handle working here you're not a real man and you're definitely not a salesman bitxh!

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@JohnDeSilva  

Dedicating an entire post to ME.  Flattering.  

You've also just blow your own arguments out of the water.  

"Man up, Martin, you wimp" you say.  Stand up like a man! Incognito's style is right-on!  That's how men do it!  Richie and his posse are righteous guys!

You're showing the Richie I. style here.  I don't like it, and I'm standing up to you.  Just like you said Martin should do to Richie.  

But...you don't like it.  You're not backing down.  You're just getting nastier.  

Accusing ME of being a bully, when I'm just saying my piece. Standing up to you, the way Martin was supposed to stand up to Richie.  You're trying to demolish me for it.  

How was Martin supposed to stand up to an entire mob of guys like you?  You've just proven it's impossible.

You lose.  Calm down.  Get a grip.  Now go find something productive to do. 

sheridanusa
sheridanusa

@SandraSeeckGrant

All this talk about what it takes to be a real man and clearly Martin is not.  If, in fact that is true, it is not a crime.  Threatening an individual and his family IS a crime.  So, giving these idiots who make this comment the benefit of the doubt I asked some people who all of us would consider "real men" about the concept of abusive harassment.  The answer from one Navy Seal was that this sort of conduct is not tolerated by the Navy nor its personnel.  These soldiers face life/death consequences - football is a game.  It is time for the NFL, the coaches and players to police the game and change the culture.  There is nothing more embarassing to see as this false, macho bravado.  Ask a special forces soldier from the recent conflicts about their experiences in combat and most will not say anything.  There walk real men, not these aggressive and abusive football players.

Tim38
Tim38

@SandraSeeckGrant I wasn't aware that you had to take abuse from your teammates in order to carry out your blocking assignments.  Wow...you have some amazing knowledge of the game.

Kacey1
Kacey1

@SandraSeeckGrant He did succeed! He started for an NFL team. If they don't like his play cut him. 

bryoman
bryoman

@JohnDeSilva Another tough guy behind a key board.  Keep typing and show more of your education level.  This kind of entertainment is priceless.  Dance, Monkey, Dance.

CarlLegg
CarlLegg

@JohnDeSilva  

Are you serious? He played for Harbaugh for 3 years, protecting Luck as one of the best-rated tackles in college football. No balls? Seriously? 

If you want to focus on his personal life, then be my guest. I could care less. When it comes to football, I want performance on the field. Martin delivers in spades.

The only people with "no balls" are those interested in Martin's off-field behavior. Grow a pair - JohnDeSilva - and stop watching soap operas.

Octavio
Octavio

@CarlLegg @rwidger I wouldn't worry too much about being friends with any of them.  Judging from your perspective, they'd probably pants you 30 seconds into your diatribe.

Mike184
Mike184

@Tim38 @James C Look at all tim38s replies, you cant reason with this type of idiot. He is a special snowflake that was sheltered by his momas tits.

TheBalls
TheBalls

@CarlLegg @JohnDeSilva Not really.  He got beat like he stole something against the Patriots the week before this all came to light.

CarlLegg
CarlLegg

@rwidger @CarlLegg  

A Fan? A FAN??!?

I've been a sports fan probably longer than you've been alive. I've played semi-pro sports (a LONG time ago). 

I am sick of all the garbage that the NFL has allowed to fester. If you aren't totally naive, pro sports is about money, big money for a select few people. Martin is one of the smartest players ever, and is doing the right thing by shining a light into the dark and smelly corners of a corrupted enterprise.

Tim38
Tim38

@rwidger @CarlLegg Why are sports outside the realm of normal human interaction?  Don't buy the hype guy...these aren't "warriors" and they aren't special.  They're grown men doing a job.  Everything else you spout is nonsense.

rwidger
rwidger

@CarlLegg How did you end up on this website?  You know it's about sports right?  Clearly you're not a fan.

CarlLegg
CarlLegg

@rwidger @Octavio  

Everyone has lawyered up:  Martin, The NFL, the Dolphins, and Incognito.   It's healthy that the dark side of the NFL is being brought to light. Martin is to the NFL as Snowden is to the NSA.

CarlLegg
CarlLegg

@Octavio @CarlLegg @rwidger  

Now you're starting to get it. As someone commented earlier, 

"The only people that handle problems with violence as their first solution,  in any situation,  are at best criminals,  and at worst psychopaths."


rwidger
rwidger

@Octavio you may have misunderstood my comments.  Hiring a lawyer makes him look even worse.  

Tim38
Tim38

@Jeff63 @CarlLegg @rwidger Whatever tough guy.  if this happened at your work, you'd be doing the same.  You wouldn't be beating anyone up or doing anything else to show your manliness.  You start a fight, you get arrested.  You threaten people you go to jail and get fired.  Don't pretend you're some superhero living in some alternate universe where you are the epitome of a man.  You're an internet tough guy and that's it.

Mike184
Mike184

@CarlLegg @JohnDeSilva So off the field he is sensitive? Is he gay? I think  he was going to get cut so he started trying to play the race and bullied card to keep his job.

CarlLegg
CarlLegg

@Jeff63 @CarlLegg @JohnDeSilva  

Really? I'm mean, REALLY? You think football defines humanity and self-worth in some meaningful way??

 HAHAHAHAHA. 

On a scale of 1-10, football (and sports in general) defines human worth at a -1. 

It's a KID'S GAME. Get a clue

 

JimKirkwood1
JimKirkwood1

@CarlLegg @JohnDeSilva Obviously you have to be physically tough to succeed to the extent that he has. Was there any instance where he wasn't his toughness in a game was an issue? If so, he should have been cut. Certainly, his opponents were going to do anything to bring him down. But this is abuse from your TEAMMATES. Good coaches like Lombardi, Bryant, etc., etc. didn't need other players to test their players toughness, they did it themselves

CarlLegg
CarlLegg

@JohnDeSilva @CarlLegg  

Do you feel like a better person for pointing this out? Does it give you a sense of accomplishment?

On the field, Martin is a beast.

Off the field, he's smarter and more sensitive than just about any other NFL player. That's a blessing and, as we've seen, a curse.