It looks like the Jonathan Martin saga is over as far as him playing on an NFL football field again this year. It’s also likely that his career with the Miami Dolphins is over too:
Martin wants to play football again, but believes he can’t do it in Miami, source tells ESPN’s Lisa Salters.
— Adam Beasley (@AdamHBeasley) November 11, 2013
Reports surfaced last week that bullying from his teammates led Martin to take a sudden leave of absence, and offensive guard Richie Ingonito may have been directly involved in it, and the team indefinitely suspended him while the NFL investigates the matter.
Martin walked out on the team last Monday and sought mental health counseling, and the NFLPA began reviewing Incognito’s role in that alleged “bullying” of Martin.
NFL.com obtained a statement Thursday night from sports attorney David Cornwell who is serving as counsel for Martin, and this is the first public comments he’s issued on Martin’s situation:
“The issue is Jonathan’s treatment by his teammates. Jonathan endured harassment that went far beyond the traditional locker-room hazing. For the entire season-and-a-half that he was with the Dolphins, he attempted to befriend the same teammates who subjected him to the abuse with the hope that doing so would end the harassment. This is a textbook reaction of victims of bullying. Despite these efforts, the taunting continued. Beyond the well-publicized voice mail with its racial epithet, Jonathan endured a malicious physical attack on him by a teammate, and daily vulgar comments such as the quote at the bottom. These facts are not in dispute.”