Word continues to spread that all is not well with the Miami Dolphins. Offensive tackle Jonathan Martin left the team indefinitely after reports of bullying and harassment from the veterans, but it seems he wasn't the only one. Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald is reporting that veterans are using younger players as "ATMs", charging them exorbitant amounts for dinners despite rookies making the smallest salaries in the league.
One young defensive player, whose privacy I'm protecting, has literally gone broke because he's been pressured to pay for older players.— Adam Beasley (@AdamHBeasley) November 3, 2013
They've gotten sucked into the Miami lifestyle, and the veterans are using the younger players as an ATM, I'm told.— Adam Beasley (@AdamHBeasley) November 3, 2013
Recently, a younger player was handed the tab for a $30,000 team dinner. The rookie minimum this year is around $400.000.— Adam Beasley (@AdamHBeasley) November 3, 2013
When I talked about anger, dysfunction last week, this is what I was referring to. This issue extends far beyond the Martin situation.— Adam Beasley (@AdamHBeasley) November 3, 2013
Veteran players buying outlandish dinners and sticking rookies with the tab is nothing new in the NFL, but the Martin situation started to shine a brighter light on the culture of hazing in football. Martin left the Dolphins last week after having an emotional breakdown in the team cafeteria. Richie Incognito has been linked to the reports of bullying, but has denied any involvement in Martin's situation.
The Dolphins placed Martin on the non-football injury list and he is reportedly seeking treatment.