As The Bullying World Turns ...
Following Fox Sports' Jay Glazer's exclusive interview with Richie Incognito, the reported instigator in the Jonathan Martin hazing case with the Miami Dolphins, Martin plans to tell his portion of the story — in a video statement.
Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo reports that the video should come out sometime this week and that Martin will be geared not as much toward refuting things that Incognito said but more toward explaining his mindset for walking away from the Dolphins. Martin doesn't plan to do a traditional interview, per se, but rather a first-person narrative.
Incognito's sitdown with Glazer appeared to raise more questions than it answered, and it perhaps swayed some people to believe Martin might have made more of the situation than he should have. Others questioned Incognito's and Martin's method of communicating, with a slew of piercing texts that apparently were meant in jest (or as Incognito told Glazer, out of "love"), and even whether Incognito was being completely earnest in the interview.
Before and since then, Martin's camp — headed up for now by lawyer David Cornwell — have tried to control the message and portray Martin as a victim of wanton abuse from his teammates, including a now-famous vulgar text message.
Will Martin's video help his situation? That remains to be seen, but the longer he waits to talk, the more he risks becoming — right or wrong — a Manti Te'o-like figure. We're not saying he has to talk ... just that telling his side of the story might help (eventually) put this story to bed. And there are plenty of folks out there who would love nothing more than that.
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