Dolphins Players Defend Incognito, Question Martin In Bullying Case

Source: Gary Mihoces / USA Today

To the accompaniment of circus-like music, turmoil surrounding the Miami Dolphins escalated Wednesday as players rose to the locker room defense of teammate Richie Incognito and questioned the motives of his alleged harassment victim, fellow offensive lineman Jonathan Martin.

Martin, a second-year offensive tackle from Stanford, left the team last week amid allegations of bullying and racist and threatening emails from Incognito, a ninth-year offensive guard.

The Dolphins organization, after initially putting out a statement that nothing of the sort had gone on, ended up suspending Incognito, one of Miami’s most popular teammates.

“If you asked Jonathan Martin who his best friend is on this team two weeks ago, he’d say Richie Incognito,” quarterback Ryan Tannehill told news reporters Wednesday. “It’s tough for us to sit here and hear all that when we have each others’ backs.”

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