The Miami Dolphins are embroiled in a bit of controversy. Tackle Jonathan Martin abruptly left the team, and it was reportedly because of bullying from his teammates. Offensive guard Nate Garner called the prank or situation with Martin “normal stuff.” According to the Palm Beach Post, it is the same stuff you see in any locker room.
“I want him to come back to work,” right tackle Tyson Clabo said, via the Palm Beach Post. “He’s a talented young football player.”
Clabo filled in for Martin at right tackle last night.
“I can’t say what he’s feeling,” Clabo said. “I know if and when he wants to come back that I will be there to shake his hand.”
Now the Miami Dolphins have released a statement on the situation.
From the Dolphins’ website:
“The Miami Dolphins, including Coach Joe Philbin and Jonathan’s teammates, have been in communication with Jonathan and his family since his departure from the club and continue to be in contact. Our primary concern for Jonathan is his overall health and well-being. As an organization, we take any accusations of player misconduct seriously. The notion of bullying is based on speculation and has not been presented to us as a concern from Jonathan or anyone else internally. The reports that the NFLPA is investigating our players are inaccurate. Additionally, the NFL offered its assistance during this time, which we appreciated and gladly accepted. We will continue to make Jonathan’s health and well-being a focus as we do with all of our players.”