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Counsel for Jonathan Martin issues disturbing statement implicating Dolphins teammates

Eric Edholm
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Attorney David Cornwell, who is acting as counsel for Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Jonathan Martin while he sorts out this increasingly ugly situation with Richie Incognito and perhaps other teammates, issued a statement on Martin's behalf Thursday night.

And it's quite disturbing, if true.

Cornwell wrote:

Jonathan Martin’s toughness is not at issue. Jonathan has started every game with the Miami Dolphins since he was drafted in 2012. At Stanford, he was the anchor for Jim Harbaugh’s “smash mouth” brand of football and he protected Andrew Luck’s blind side.

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.

Eventually, Jonathan made a difficult choice. Despite his love for football, Jonathan left the Dolphins. Jonathan looks forward to getting back to playing football. In the meantime, he will cooperate fully with the NFL investigation.

The statement ended with what Cornwell said was an anonymous quote from a teammate claiming he was going to have unprotected sex with Martin's sister.

Wow.

[Related: Warren Sapp says Richie Incognito called him 'the N-word']

Do note: The quote from the "teammate" Cornwell refers to at the end is not named. That makes it possible that it was someone other than Incognito, and perhaps that more players were involved, as the plural "teammates" earlier in the post suggests.

You'd have to think that the vulgar quote was recorded in some way, as the previously released voicemail quotes were.

The statement also mentioned "malicious physical" abuse, and now this thing officially has gotten ugly. Expect other names and details to continue to get dragged into this.

This story isn't going away anytime soon.

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