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      Dolphins’ Martin alleges racial, sexually charged comments martin1_zps779676a0.pngIn an NBC interview with former Bucs coach Tony Dungy, tackle Jonathan Martin talks about alleged harassment by his former Miami teammates. NBC NEWSmartin_zps3e5cb8ed.jpg The Associated Press Published: January 29, 2014 at 09:32pmMIAMI — Offensive lineman Jonathan Martin wants to return to the NFL, he said in an NBC interview aired Wednesday where he claimed that racial, aggressive and sexually charged comments all played a role in his departure from the Miami Dolphins.Martin also said he was not the only victim of hazing in the Dolphins’ locker room.“There are other people that got it too,” Martin said. “I can’t say why I may have gotten more.”Martin told his side of the story to former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy, now an analyst for NBC, which aired portions of the interview Tuesday and Wednesday. Dungy is part of a committee assigned by Dolphins owner Stephen Ross to review the team’s code of conduct, and said on NBC’s “Today” show that he has spoken with three general managers who believe Martin will have the chance to play again.“They all said he’s a good player. He’ll get an opportunity,” Dungy said. “But they’re all afraid of the scrutiny that comes with it. He’s got to get to the right environment, not a place like the Miami locker room was.”Among the allegations Martin made in his interview with Dungy:• That teammates directed comments of racial and aggressive nature toward him, as well as sex-related comments about his mother and sister.• That he talked to members of the team’s coaching staff about the situation, but stopped short of meeting with Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin. “Members of the organization knew I was struggling,” Martin said.• That he tried to be friends with fellow offensive lineman Richie Incognito, who was suspended for the final eight games for his role in the matter.• That he contacted friends on other NFL teams, and that they agreed the level of hazing he alleged to have taken place with the Dolphins exceeded what’s typical in a locker-room culture.“I have no problem with the normal hazing that you see in the NFL, get a haircut, stuff like that, little pranks,” Martin said. “But of a personal, attacking nature, I don’t think there’s any place for that.”The scandal overshadowed much of the Dolphins’ season.Martin left the Dolphins in October amid allegations he was harassed by teammates, including Incognito. Martin told Dungy that he “felt trapped, like I didn’t have a way to make it right,” and said he left the team out of concerns for his health and well-being.New York attorney Ted Wells began an investigation ordered by the NFL in November, and his report will be released after the Super Bowl. Ross said he has an idea of what will be in the report, though has not revealed any specifics.“When it comes out, we’ll do what has to be done,” Ross said Tuesday, when the team introduced former Bucs executive Dennis Hickey as its new general manager. “In my mind, I know what direction we’re going. ... The respect that we gained by how we handled the situation that took place here says a lot about this organization and the people that are running it.”Hickey replaced Jeff Ireland, whom the team parted with following an 8-8 season. Incognito will be a free agent this offseason, and Martin is not expected to return to the Dolphins.“I understand opportunities in the NFL are fleeting,” Martin said. “I’m hopeful that I get another opportunity and I’m going to make the most of it because this is what I love to do. I don’t know what I would do if I wasn’t playing football.”Dungy said he reviewed text messages and voice mails that Martin received.“It was a tough, tough situation. ... I couldn’t picture anything like this going on in the locker rooms that I was involved in,” Dungy said.NBC Sports Network plans to air more of Dungy’s interview with Martin on Wednesday night.http://tbo.com/sports/martin-dolphins-language-made-him-feel-trapped-20140128/

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      No.  Any offensive lineman that gets bullied isn’t one I would want.

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      id definitely take a shot on him.  nothing to lose imo.  it might be an interesting lockerroom dynamic at first but nothing that lovie couldnt handle.  i dont see him ending up anywhere besides indy though.

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      No. The guy sucks and more than anything else is his real problem.

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      I wouldn’t care about the bullying fallout if he was good…..he’s not.

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      He can take his skirt to the womens league. He has no place in the NFL.

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      No.  Any offensive lineman that gets bullied isn't one I would want.

      Why is that? EMINEM, Chris Rock, Michael Phelps, and many more people were bullied and still succeeded. Lots of people overcome adversity and rise stronger then before. You really think this is the first time a pro athlete has been bullied? LOL

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      I would have no problem with bringing him to camp and letting the staff kick the tires on him.  I have my doubts that he will play again as any locker room he walks into now is probably not going to accept him, but doesnt hurt us to take a test drive.

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      He is worth a look.  But my guess is he will be a dolphin.

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      No.  Any offensive lineman that gets bullied isn't one I would want.

      Why is that? EMINEM, Chris Rock, Michael Phelps, and many more people were bullied and still succeeded. Lots of people overcome adversity and rise stronger then before. You really think this is the first time a pro athlete has been bullied? LOL

      Because unless you know someone who has been continuously bullied you don't realize how it can grind you down.On one hand I can understand some of the comments because we want our players to be real men etc, but having had a daughter who was harrassed and bullied for about 4 years I can see his point. My daughter dealt with pretty much every individual incident as it happened, she even dropped the main instigator who was also the Principals daughter. But eventually it becomes "why me?", "what did I do wrong?', you become very isolated. Even some of the few friends she had would shy away sometimes because they did not want to be come the focus of the bullies attention. Things are not perfect now, but have improved tremendously ever since the Principal and his wretch left. Due in no small part to pressure from my wife and I. He was an ass anyway, and in conjunction with the fuss we were kicking up he was sent packing. I think we were the straw that broke the camels back. My point is that although he looks a bit like a wimp, don't be too harsh unless you have dealt with this kind of thing. In my daughters case it was over a period of about 4 years, this guy about 1, so maybe he is not as mentally tough as he could be, but that does not excuse anything.

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      No.  Any offensive lineman that gets bullied isn't one I would want.

      Gotta agree. May not be politically correct, but it's true. The trenches in the NFL is a place like few on Earth. Only the manliest of men can survive, much less excel. I want O-linemen that would knock a bully's teeth down their throat....not one that would allow himself to be bullied for years and then flake out and run away. Martin is probably a very good guy and I'd like him if I met him in every day life. He just isn't someone I would want on my O-line.

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      No.  Any offensive lineman that gets bullied isn't one I would want.

      Why is that? EMINEM, Chris Rock, Michael Phelps, and many more people were bullied and still succeeded. Lots of people overcome adversity and rise stronger then before. You really think this is the first time a pro athlete has been bullied? LOL

      because none of those guys you mention have to shove 320 pound guys around for a living.  lol

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      Worth a camp look based on his physical talent.  His play has never lived up to his talent but maybe a change in scenery can help that.

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      No.  Any offensive lineman that gets bullied isn't one I would want.

      Why is that? EMINEM, Chris Rock, Michael Phelps, and many more people were bullied and still succeeded. Lots of people overcome adversity and rise stronger then before. You really think this is the first time a pro athlete has been bullied? LOL

      because none of those guys you mention have to shove 320 pound guys around for a living.  lol

      And? You seem to be hung up on personal life and professional life being linked somehow. Shove a 320 guy off the field who bullies you and wave to the police as they arrest you for assault. Do it on the field and you have no issues. Where is the link again? How does that work? Common sense is so rare is a gawd damn super power!

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          Being bullied in the locker room is a different animal than being bullied on the field, especially for a young guy. If he retaliates by starting a fight in the locker room, how are the coaches gonna react? Probably not in his favor… On the field, it’s easy to retaliate physically. In the locker room, especially for a young guy, not so cut and dry…

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          Being bullied in the locker room is a different animal than being bullied on the field, especially for a young guy. If he retaliates by starting a fight in the locker room, how are the coaches gonna react? Probably not in his favor... On the field, it's easy to retaliate physically. In the locker room, especially for a young guy, not so cut and dry...

      Even on the field it's hard. That retaliation could cost you penalties and the game. You do your job on the field and handle off-the-field stuff separately.

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      Forget the off-field stuff – where’s the evidence he’s a good football player? I didn’t rate him highly coming out of Stanford, and he’s done zippy to prove my thinking on him was flawed.

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      The team does not need the extra attention that will come with Martin.  Plus he is average at best as a tackle.  We already have Gabe Carimi.

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      Say what you want about Incognito, the guy definitely has his issues, but at least he can play at a fairly decent level when he isn’t suspended or what not.  Been that way since college.  Problem is he’s suspended a lot. But if given the choice of signing either of those two to a cheap 1 year deal if go with the bully. 

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      IMO id be fine with kicking the tires on Martin. he cant be any worse than Carimi and wed get him for nothing

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      I would have no problem with bringing him to camp and letting the staff kick the tires on him. I have my doubts that he will play again as any locker room he walks into now is probably not going to accept him, but doesnt hurt us to take a test drive.

      You formed this opinion based on what? Your long tenure as a player in the NFL?

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      Would it be bad of me to say I’d rather have Incognito?

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      If Martin is better than Penn then sure.

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      Well Incognito is the better player, and no one is bullying Penn unless they want their skull cracked.

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      Well Incognito is the better player, and no one is bullying Penn unless they want their skull cracked.

      Penn isn't a rookie either. Vet's bully rookies all the time but Incognito crossed the line. After what Aaron Hernandez did who wouldn't be scare of someone making threats against you with million at their disposal to make it happen.

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      Keep him the hell away from my Bucs.  He wasn’t by good to begin with and now he’s a cancer.  Nobody can be comfortable around him, he’ll create a tense atmosphere as everyone is going to be unable to be themselves near him, always having to worry how he’s going to react to anything they say near him and if he’s going to whine and run to the team or sue them.  Toxic guy.

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      Keep him the hell away from my Bucs.  He wasn't by good to begin with and now he's a cancer.  Nobody can be comfortable around him, he'll create a tense atmosphere as everyone is going to be unable to be themselves near him, always having to worry how he's going to react to anything they say near him and if he's going to whine and run to the team or sue them.  Toxic guy.

      Yea, nothing like vilifying someone who took death threats seriously. The human race is doomed!  8)

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      Keep him the hell away from my Bucs.  He wasn't by good to begin with and now he's a cancer.  Nobody can be comfortable around him, he'll create a tense atmosphere as everyone is going to be unable to be themselves near him, always having to worry how he's going to react to anything they say near him and if he's going to whine and run to the team or sue them.  Toxic guy.

      Do you live in high school or something? Ray Lewis possibly murdered someone and people got over it

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      Nope because he’s mentally weak.This entire situation has nothing to do with bullying, it's all to do with him getting benched and not being able to handle that, instead he went running to Mommy & daddy who just happen to be lawyers in the hopes of getting easy money..It's funny that we heard nothing at all until his butt was put on the bench.I'd love for all the stuff that Incognitos side say Martin sent to him to be true and expose this clown.I don't get how you can tell somebody you are going to kill their family and also tranquilize them so you sexually assault them with "sandpaper condoms" THEN turn around and claim you were the one getting bullied.

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      Forget the off-field stuff - where's the evidence he's a good football player? I didn't rate him highly coming out of Stanford, and he's done zippy to prove my thinking on him was flawed.

      Exactly, the reason they were even trying to toughen him up was that he sucks at his job.  He's a bad player. The bullying thing doesn't have any effect on my thinking about him

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      Nope because he's mentally weak.This entire situation has nothing to do with bullying, it's all to do with him getting benched and not being able to handle that, instead he went running to Mommy & daddy who just happen to be lawyers in the hopes of getting easy money..It's funny that we heard nothing at all until his butt was put on the bench.I'd love for all the stuff that Incognitos side say Martin sent to him to be true and expose this clown.I don't get how you can tell somebody you are going to kill their family and also tranquilize them so you sexually assault them with "sandpaper condoms" THEN turn around and claim you were the one getting bullied.

      You know what happens when we assume right?

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      Keep him the hell away from my Bucs.  He wasn't by good to begin with and now he's a cancer.  Nobody can be comfortable around him, he'll create a tense atmosphere as everyone is going to be unable to be themselves near him, always having to worry how he's going to react to anything they say near him and if he's going to whine and run to the team or sue them.  Toxic guy.

      Yea, nothing like vilifying someone who took death threats seriously. The human race is doomed!  8)

      he made death threats to Incognito himself.  I think Richie just thought it was fun and games but obviously Martin was taking it seriously. 

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      Nope because he's mentally weak.This entire situation has nothing to do with bullying, it's all to do with him getting benched and not being able to handle that, instead he went running to Mommy & daddy who just happen to be lawyers in the hopes of getting easy money..It's funny that we heard nothing at all until his butt was put on the bench.I'd love for all the stuff that Incognitos side say Martin sent to him to be true and expose this clown.I don't get how you can tell somebody you are going to kill their family and also tranquilize them so you sexually assault them with "sandpaper condoms" THEN turn around and claim you were the one getting bullied.

      You know what happens when we assume right?

      Like everyone else isn't assuming Martins side is what actually happened and he was actually bullied just because he says he was rather than it just being OTT banter between team mates that has been used as an excuse to distract from his getting benched.

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      No because he’s soft… Soft minded and a soft player. Lineman shouldn’t be that. You can’t ask a guy to stand strong and defend your QB when he can’t stand up for himself if he feels threatened. Anyone think Trueblood would have put up with that? He might not be able to block worth a damn but I bet he wouldn't be getting picked on. There is a place for a guy like that