May 16, 2013; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns offensive linesman Garrett Gilkey walks off the field after organized team activities at the Cleveland Browns Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Browns rookie calls Dolphins bullying situation ‘tragic’

The biggest non-injury related story in the NFL is the bullying situation with the Miami Dolphins offensive linemen Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin, which has caused many people to weigh in with their thoughts on the issue.

Many are saying that Martin should have stood up to Incognito, which has led to another conversation about the culture of football.

However, not everyone is making Martin out to be a coward and one of the more thoughtful responses to the situation has come from Cleveland Browns wookie offensive lineman Garrett Gilkey, who was forced to switch high schools because bullying got so bad.

“It’s pretty tragic,” said Gilkey. “I don’t care if you’re a 24-year-old NFL lineman, bullying is the same as if you were a 9-year-old girl. It doesn’t matter how old or how big you are, no one should have to go through that.”

Gilkey is absolutely correct.

It is unfortunate to see what Martin had to go through and it is even more disappointing to see the reactions of people who think violence should have been the answer.

No one should be forced to go through the harassment that Martin was subjected to, which Gilkey is stating.

In a league full of tough guys who want to show how manly they are, it is nice to see a person like Gilkey speaking up.

Tags: Cleveland Browns Miami Dolphins

  • Chris

    Standing up to a bully doesn’t automatically equate to violence.

  • tpl

    Its definitely sad. Also sad is the allegation that the coaching staff TOLD Incognito to “toughen up” Martin. If that’s true, those coaches need to go.

  • FreeBigWillie

    The league is full of bullies, who try to intimidate and break the will of their teammates vying for the same position or playing time and their opponents during actual games.

  • Khoury Heilman

    “Cleveland Browns wookie offensive lineman Garrett Gilkey”

    I know he’s got long hair and all, but I doubt he’s a wookie.

    Jokes aside, I agree with him about no one should be subject to this kind of behavior. Incognito should be banned from the game and the coaching staff all fired for endorsing his behavior.

    • Jcartwright67

      The wookie comment is an attempt to bully someone for their choice in hair styles and follicle facial growth not to mention the close resemblance to Chewbacca. Gilkey should file a grievance against the Mr. Sanchez. This is why he had to change High Schools. I don’t really know if that’s true but in the absence of facts and truth I felt it best to at least report the possibility and exercise my freedom of speech.