Allegations In Miami Take A Turn For The Worse
by Allen Kim
Nov 03, 2013 10:51 PM EST
The drama surrounding Jonathan Martin, Richie Incognito and the Miami Dolphins appears to be far from over. The latest report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter has targeted Incognito and his purported role at the forefront of the bullying.
Incognito allegedly bullied Martin into contributing $15,000 to help finance a trip to Las Vegas for a number of players on the team. Martin didn’t even go with them on the trip, but he handed the money over for fear of the consequences. The recent text message Martin sent to Incognito claiming that he did not hold the veteran responsible for his breakdown was also supposedly done out of fear.
Incognito took exception to Schefter’s report, and he called him out on Twitter: “Enough is enough. If you or any of the agents you sound off for have a problem with me, you know where to find me #BRINGIT.”
The Miami Herald’s Adam Beasley reports that one of the younger players on the team has gone broke due to pressure to pay for veterans. Beasley has refused to name the player in order to protect his identity for fear of retribution.
Beasley also reports that the veterans used players as ATMs to “finance their nightlife whims,” and that these veterans have been “caught up in the fast-paced Miami lifestyle without the burden of having to pay for it.”
The Dolphins released a statement today, refuting the reports of bullying while reiterating their open communication with Martin and his family:
"The Miami Dolphins, including Coach Joe Philbin and Jonathan's teammates, have been in communication with Jonathan and his family since his departure from the club and continue to be in contact. Our primary concern for Jonathan is his overall health and well-being. As an organization, we take any accusations of player misconduct seriously. The notion of bullying is based on speculation and has not been presented to us as a concern from Jonathan or anyone else internally. The reports that the NFLPA is investigating our players are inaccurate.
"Additionally, the NFL offered its assistance during this time, which we appreciated and gladly accepted. We will continue to make Jonathan's health and well-being a focus as we do with all of our players."
This situation has taken a turn for the worse, and it appears that it’s only a matter of time before the entire story comes out. Things will only get uglier from here on out as details eventually emerge.