Jonathan Martin after meeting with NFL: ‘I do not intend to discuss this publicly’
Jonathan Martin ended his nearly two-week public silence on Friday, but anyone hoping the Dolphins lineman would further explain his controversial bullying claim against teammate Richie Incognito will have to keep waiting.
“I do not intend to discuss this matter publicly at this time,” Martin said, according to FOX Sports’ Mike Garafolo, after meeting with NFL special investigator Ted Wells in New York. “This is the right way to handle this matter.”
Martin and lawyer David Cornwell arrived at Wells’ office on Friday morning. Martin’s brief statement came several hours later, with no additional information provided on how that meeting unfolded.
The 23-year-old Martin walked out of the Dolphins’ practice facility on Oct. 28, three days before his team was to play Cincinnati. Incognito was suspended the following Sunday, with the team announcing that it needed to further investigate Martin’s claims.
Incognito filed a grievance against the Dolphins on Thursday, citing a violation of the league’s CBA in his indefinite suspension. On Sunday, FOX aired an interview Incognito granted to Jay Glazer, in which he attempted to defend his actions.
“This isn’t an issue about bullying,” Incognito said. “This is an issue of my and John’s relationship. You can ask anybody in the Miami Dolphins locker room, ‘Who had John Martin’s back the absolute most?’ and they’ll undoubtedly tell you [that it was] me. All this stuff coming out … it speaks to the culture of our locker room. It speaks to the culture of our closeness. It speaks to the culture of our brotherhood. The racism, the bad words … that’s what I regret most, but that is a product of the environment, and that’s something we use all the time.”
Meanwhile, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said prior to Miami’s game against Tampa Bay on Monday that he was “appalled” by the allegations levied against Incognito, and that he planned to meet with Martin.
“We have been careful in our statements and in our comments, as we have not wanted to make a rush to judgment until we know all of the facts,” Ross said in his statement. “We still don’t have a full picture of the facts. However, I want to be clear, that I and the Miami Dolphins organization are committed to getting to the bottom of this issue and making any necessary changes to improve our organization.”
The Dolphins have yet to place Martin on the reserve/non-football injury list, but he does not appear anywhere close to returning to the field, especially with Miami. Incognito’s suspension remains intact — he may be just as unlikely to ever suit up for the Dolphins again.