When interviewed three days ago, the Miami Dolphins locker room was in staunch support of suspended veteran guard Richie Incognito. Not one player showed support for Jonathan Martin, the 24-year-old tackle that left the team after being harassed by Incognito.
However, now at least one player has said publicly that they would welcome Jonathan back.
According to Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post, via Pro Football Talk, that one player is Miami cornerback Dmitri Patterson.
“Definitely, I would,” Patterson said regarding welcoming Martin back to the team.
Patterson, a seasoned veteran, went undrafted in 2005, the year Incognito was drafted in the third round by the St. Louis Rams. Patterson joined the Dolphins in 2012, the year Martin was drafted in the second round.
While Patterson may welcome Martin, it seems like it will take a lot more before Martin could realistically rejoin the team, if ever.
Cornerback Brent Grimes merely said he wanted the whole controversy to end soon:
I can’t escape this. I was trying to watch Comedy Central last night and they had something on this sh-t.
The fact that the Incognito-Martin situation has crossed over from the sporting world into mainstream media means that Grimes is unlikely to get his wish anytime soon. This has become such a polarizing topic that it is unlikely to be forgotten as long as locker room conduct is called into question, which may be a long time.