Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Jonathan Martin has released information through his legal team explaining the alleged abuse that caused him to leave the organization last week. A statement released by lawyer David Cornwell claims, via Pro Football Talk, that his client suffered a physical attack, as well as enduring sexually explicit comments related to his sister.
Martin became the source of conversation among numerous Dolphins players on Wednesday as the locker room rallied around embattled offensive guard Richie Incognito, painting a picture of the veteran taking the younger Martin "under his wing," and serving as a mentor. Thursday's statement portrays the team's locker room in a very different light.
Jonathan Martin's toughness is not at issue. Jonathan has started every game with the Miami Dolphins since he was drafted in 2012. At Stanford, he was the anchor for Jim Harbaugh's "smash mouth" brand of football and he protected Andrew Luck's blind side.
The issue is Jonathan's treatment by his teammates. Jonathan endured harassment that went far beyond the traditional locker room hazing. For the entire season-and-a-half that he was with the Dolphins, he attempted to befriend the same teammates who subjected him to the abuse with the hope that doing so would end the harassment. This is a textbook reaction of victims of bullying. Despite these efforts, the taunting continued. Beyond the well-publicized voice mail with its racial epithet, Jonathan endured a malicious physical attack on him by a teammate, and daily vulgar comments such as the quote at the bottom. These facts are not in dispute.
There is no further elaboration on the nature of the physical attack claimed by Martin's camp, and the Miami Dolphins organization has not released a statement in response to the latest claims. The NFL is currently investigating the team at the request of the front office to ensure there was no further impropriety.
In addition to the claims of physical violence, there are allegations of an aggressively sexual statement uttered to Martin about his sister, the details of which were also outlined in Thursday's statement.
Quote from teammate: "We are going to run train on your sister ... She loves me. I am going to f-k her without a condom and c- in her c-."
Incognito is reportedly considering releasing his own information claiming his relationship with Martin was one of mutually-explosive communication and harsh language.