Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin has finally opened up about allegations made back in October that he was bullied by teammate Richie Incognito. As ESPN reports on Jan. 29, Martin told NBC’s Tony Dungy in an interview that he felt “trapped” after the treatment he received from Incognito.
In the interview, Martin made it clear that he could handle the hazing that went on. But the continual harassment that he received was above the norm. It wasn’t the physical bullying, but more the emotional. He says in the interview:
“I’m a grown man. I’ve been in locker rooms. One incident doesn’t bother me. It was the persistence.”
He goes on to explain that he “felt trapped” and had to remove himself from the situation in which he claims he wasn’t the only player being hazed.
“There are other people that got it, too. I can’t say why I may have gotten more.”
Incognito, who had support from other teammates, denied the allegations, but the NFL ordered a separate investigation in November conducted by New York attorney Ted Wells. The allegations also opened up discussion about hazing in the NFL and when it crosses the line.
The 24-year-old Martin explained in the interview that he didn’t have a problem with the normal hazing that typically takes place in locker rooms.
“I have no problem with the normal hazing that you see in the NFL, get a haircut, stuff like that, little pranks. But of a personal, attacking nature, I don’t think there’s any place for that.”
More of Martin’s interview with Tony Dungy will air Wednesday night on NBC
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