Saturday, November 09, 2013

Nobody Died

I detect a cover-up here. I haven't heard Jonathan Martin admit to being gay yet, but where there's  smoke there's fire. Why don't his black teammates support him, if it's just an issue of race? The focus has suddenly changed from gay bashing to racist intimidation. From a public relations standpoint one is easier to deal with. When blacks encounter a white person that isn't intimidated by them they want to call them a racist. No that's not always the case, they just aren't afraid of you. If you want to see some tough white guys. You need only look as far as the UFC. Just look at what happened to the infamous Kimbo Slice. Once he left the Blac-n-Mild circuit. He didn't last a year.

Richie Incognito is one of those guys like a Roy "Big Country" Nelson. His aggression doesn't discriminate. He is an equal opportunity bruiser. Him calling Warren Sapp an n-word just shows he doesn't pick and choose. I bet Warren called him a honky too. But Warren Sapp didn't miss one coin on his account and neither did Incognito. Jonathan Martin's lawyer has released a statement to the press after he disappeared.The focus has suddenly changed from just Incognito to the other teammates as well. The Dolphins front office and the NFLPA have rushed  to cover themselves for what might be forthcoming. They would rather deal with race than sex.

I saw this same scenario unfold on an episode of "The Game"last season. It didn't end well even in the script. After it aired Oscar got busted. It isn't even safe to talk about,.This is bigger than just Martin and Incognito. The Dolphin locker room is representative of the whole league. That's why I think Martin checked into the hospital.  The situation got out of hand. I'm sure this isn't going the way he planned.  Even though these young men are rich. Doesn't mean they have good people skills. I don't know what he done, but his hands aren't clean. At least nobody died.


Blogger Common said...

The NFL Players Association released a statement regarding Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Jonathan Martin and the incident that caused him to leave the team for personal issues. The statement said that the union has not launched an investigation into fellow offensive lineman Richie Incognito or other specific Dolphins players.

Martin reportedly left the team after an incident in the cafeteria in which his fellow players were playing a prank on him. He is seeking "professional help" and is expected to be away from the team for multiple weeks while working through the personal issues.

Incognito's name surfaced in an ESPN report that suggested he was specifically being targeted in an investigation by the Players Association. The two had apparently exchanged texts, according to ESPN, in which Martin did not blame Incognito for the incident, saying it's "just the culture around football, and the locker room got to me a little."

The union did say that they are going to stay in close touch with the Dolphins organization as the "information develops," and that they take these kinds of investigations very seriously. However, it sounds like there is no truth to the rumor that a specific player is being targeted as the source of Martin's issues.

7:36 AM  
Blogger Common said...

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross plans to visit and speak to offensive tackle Jonathan Martin on Wednesday, his first contact with the tackle who left the team two weeks ago amid locker-room bullying allegations, he said Monday night in his first public comments since the reports first surfaced.

Ross spoke at a packed press conference at Tampa's Raymond James Stadium, about two and a half hours before his embattled team faced the Buccaneers. The Dolphins released a statement from Ross, as well.

"I'm not going to deal with speculation. I'm going to meet with Jonathan Martin face-to-face, see what he has to say and deal with it from there,'' Ross told reporters. "I want to hear all the facts.''

He also announced the formation of a committee, comprised of people from inside and outside of the organization, to find out what was flawed about the team's workplace and to improve it, including creating a code of conduct. Hall of Fame coach Don Shula, winner of two Super Bowls with the Dolphins, will be part of it, along with former head coach Tony Dungy, former Dolphins stars Dan Marino and Jason Taylor, and Hall of Fame running back Curtis Martin.

Ross also said that while he has not been with his team daily in south Florida since the situation exploded — Martin left the team October 28, and guard Richie Incognito, who acknowledges leaving incendiary texts and voice mails for Martin, was suspended six days later — he has been "in daily communications" with team and league personnel. That includes head coach Joe Philbin and general manager Jeff Ireland, both of whom have come under fire for their roles in the scandal, he said, adding that he has "total, utmost confidence" in Philbin as coach.

The owner was accompanied at the press conference by Dolphins president Ted Garfinkel.

"We haven't wanted to rush to judgment. We wanted to let the facts come in,'' Ross said, adding, "We care about Jonathan Martin. Everybody in the Miami Dolphins organization cares about the people in the organization.''

Asked about the reports of what Incognito and other Dolphins players have said to Martin since his rookie season last year, Ross said, "I was appalled. I think anybody would be appalled ... To me, I didn't realize that people could talk, text and email each other in that way.''

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