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