As the NFL Players Association continues to investigate the situation surrounding offensive tackle Jonathan Martin and the alleged bullying from his Miami Dolphins teammates, fellow offensive lineman Richie Incognito is being investigated for his role in the situation that forced Martin to walk away from the team.
Adam Schefter had additional details on the investigation from the NFLPA.
One high-ranking Dolphins official who did not want to be identified defended Incognito as a player who has been a “model citizen” and was mystified by any allegations related to Incognito.
Meanwhile, several sources insisted Incognito was involved, adding that the incident was not isolated and extended to 2012 when Martin was a second-round draft pick by the team. One source said any emotional issues that Martin is experiencing are directly related to his harassment.
An NFL spokesman stated the league was monitoring the matter and has been in contact with the Dolphins since Martin left the team. On Friday, Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said, “This is something we take very seriously and will not be tolerated.”
Union sources say it will continue to conduct a thorough and detailed review that would extend to the team’s workplace environment and affected players, noting the juxtaposition that it represents all NFL players, including Martin and Incognito.
If Martin doesn’t return to the team by next Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET, the Dolphins will likely add him to the non-football illness list.
Miami has said that they plan on supporting Martin through this tough time and that they are concerned about his well being. We should learn more information as the NFLPA investigation continues.