You'd think that a group of grown men would be beyond bullying one of their co-workers, but that apparently wasn't the case in the Miami Dolphins locker room.
Reports surfaced earlier this week of Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin slamming his food tray down in the cafeteria and leaving the team after his teammates got up when he went to sit with them. Not surprisingly, it wasn't just one incident that set Martin off.
Fox Sports reported on an "abusive environment" toward Martin during his season-and-a-half with the Dolphins. The report said there has been persistent bullying and teasing of him, including personal and family insults and even an unflattering nickname of "Big Weirdo."
Seriously, these are grown men doing this to another grown man.
Martin was inactive for last night's game against the Bengals, and there's no word on when he'll return to the Dolphins.
There is typically some minor rookie hazing in the NFL but Fox Sports said this went beyond that for Martin, a 6-5, 312-pound tackle who was Miami's second-round pick out of Stanford last year. Fox Sports' Alex Marvez wrote that it's believed the team knew about the bullying but didn't step in, and the team's veterans didn't step in either. The team didn't comment on whether they knew about the abusive environment.
You'd think that teammates would support one of their own, a player who had started every game at tackle this season before he left the team and missed Thursday night's game. Or that they would at very least act like adults and professionals. It sounds like that was too much to ask of the Dolphins players.
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