We were beginning to get more and more players coming forward to show their support of Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Jonathan Martin, who left the team after harassment and bullying from his teammates, but those who are barking the loudest are showing part of the problem with the frat culture in NFL locker rooms.
The latest to come out and criticize Martin for walking away is NFL Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor, who has always been an intense man that is a bad ass.
However, he is showing a lack of sympathy for Martin with his latest comments, as he urges him to stay away from the sport because he lacks the mentality to succeed in the NFL — those are Taylor’s words, not mine.
“Martin wouldn’t be allowed back in my locker room,” Taylor told the Daily News. “I understand Incognito may be a bad guy, but all that stuff should have stayed in the locker room. I don’t know if I would let Incognito back in the locker room either, but he would be allowed back in my locker room before the other guy would. They are texting each other like two women. I don’t understand that.
“If you are that sensitive and weak-minded, then find another profession,” he said. “That’s the way I feel about it. This is the NFL. This is football. This is not table tennis. This is not golf. I don’t know how you bully a 350-pound player.”
It is unfortunate to see so many people criticizing Martin for being the bigger man and walking away from a dangerous situation, but those who want to hard on the meat head view of this continue to trash the man who was emotional abused because he didn’t want to be part of that environment anymore.
In no other place would you be criticized for walking away, but the NFL culture leads to an entirely different tough guy mentality that frowns on doing anything but acting like a barbarian.