Jonathan Martin Takes Hiatus from Miami Dolphins
Offensive tackle Jonathan Martin has taken a leave of absence from the Miami Dolphins, the team confirmed. ESPN's Lisa Salters is reporting that he will miss the remainder of the season as he feels he can't return to the team.
The Dolphins announced plans to investigate the reported misconduct within the team, including the actions of suspended offensive lineman Richie Incognito. Meanwhile, the NFL is conducting its own investigation into the circumstances behind Martin's exit.
Incognito opened up about his relationship with Martin to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports on Sunday, Nov. 10, claiming he had good intentions behind his actions.
Updates from Thursday, Dec. 5
ESPN's James Walker reports Martin will meet with NFL investigator Ted Wells today:
a source says Wells will meet with Martin on Thursday to present his findings from his meetings with the Dolphins. The NFL is in its final stages of investigating and is expected to complete its report in the next few weeks.
Updates from Saturday, Nov. 30
From NFL Network's Ian Rapoport:
The #Dolphins have placed OT Jonathan Martin on Non-Football Injury list today, per source. Unclear yet if they’ll pay his salary.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 30, 2013
ESPN's Adam Schefter provides more details about what this means for Martin's season:
And @FieldYates is reporting Dolphins placed OT Jonathan Martin on the non-football injury list today, officially ending his season.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 30, 2013
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora announces who will be taking his place on the active roster:
Dolphins announce they're promoting safety DJ Campbell from the practice squad to take Jonathan Martin's spot on the active roster— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) November 30, 2013
From FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo:
Updating my previous tweet: Jonathan Martin will continue to make his full salary while on NFI. No change expected there.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) November 30, 2013
Updates from Sunday, Nov. 24
Steven Wine of the Associated Press has an update on the investigation into Jonathan Martin's leave of absence from the Dolphins:
Miami Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin will likely be interviewed a second time by NFL special investigator Ted Wells about the team's bullying scandal, a person familiar with the situation said Sunday.
The second interview will likely be in New York City or California the first week in December, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because details about the investigation are confidential.
Updates from Sunday, Nov. 24
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora provides the latest update on Ted Wells' investigation:
Dolphins players are being less-than-forthcoming with investigator Ted Wells, according to sources familiar with the ongoing probe, and in some cases are refusing to cooperate at all. Owner Stephen Ross addressed the team last week and urged them to be candid and open with Wells, but that has not been the case and it remains to be seen if Wells is able to corroborate the lengthy accounts he was given from Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito, the principles involved.
Updates from Saturday, Nov. 23:
From the Dolphins:
Statement from Ted Wells on the status of his investigation: pic.twitter.com/vv8OeawRHw— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) November 24, 2013
From Miami Herald reporter Armando Salguero:
I'm told most Ted Wells player interviews took about 15 minutes with exceptions of Incognito (5 hours), Mike Pouncey (more than an hour).— Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) November 24, 2013
Updates From Friday, Nov. 22:
According to Jeff Darlington of NFL.com, Richie Incognito interviewed with NFL investigators for more than 4 hours yesterday:
Richie Incognito met with Ted Wells (@NFL appointed investigator) from 3 pm to 7:30 pm. Incognito and Wells will resume meeting in morning.— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) November 22, 2013
Updates from Wednesday, Nov. 20:
Steven Wine of the Associated Press reports the NFL Players Association will investigate the Dolphins' recent bullying scandal:
The NFL Players Association will conduct its own investigation into the Miami Dolphins' bullying scandal, a person familiar with the situation said Wednesday.
The person confirmed the investigation to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the union hadn't announced its plans.
Richard Smith, outside counsel for the union in the New Orleans Saints bounty case, will investigate tackle Jonathan Martin's allegations that he was harassed by teammates, including guard Richie Incognito, who has been suspended.
Updates from Monday, Nov. 18:
From Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network:
In a statement investigator Ted Wells says “We look forward to meeting with Dolphins players, coaches and staff in order to get the facts…”— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 18, 2013
More Wells “… and prepare a thorough and fair report.” Dolphins “very helpful in arranging interviews,urging their personnel to cooperate”— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 18, 2013
Finally, Ted Wells said, “We have asked all Dolphins personnel to respect the process and avoid commenting on the investigation.”— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 18, 2013
From ESPN's James Walker:
#Dolphins HC Joe Philbin didn't elaborate on the NFL investigation. Philbin said he's going to stand behind Ted Wells' statement.— James Walker (@JamesWalkerNFL) November 19, 2013
Updates from Sunday, Nov. 17:
ESPN's Adam Schefter provides insight into the NFL's investigation surrounding the Dolphins' bullying saga:
One person of interest to NFL in its independent investigation into mess in Miami is Dolphins OL coach Jim Turner.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 17, 2013
NFL has received multiple tips of other potential instances of harassment inside Dolphins' organization, per sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 17, 2013
Updates from Friday, Nov. 15:
Martin gave the following statement after his meeting with NFL investigators, according to Andrew Abramson of The Palm Beach Post:
Martin statement: "Although I went into great detail with Mr. Ted Wells and his team, I do not intend to discuss this matter publicly...— Andrew Abramson (@AbramsonPBP) November 15, 2013
Martin (cont): ..at this time. I do, however, look forward to speaking directly with (team owner) Stephen Ross, (CEO) Tom Garfinkel....— Andrew Abramson (@AbramsonPBP) November 15, 2013
Martin (cont): "...and the Dolphins organization at the appropriate time. This is the right way to handle the matter....— Andrew Abramson (@AbramsonPBP) November 15, 2013
Martin (cont): "...Beyond that, I look forward to working through the process and resuming my career in the National Football League."— Andrew Abramson (@AbramsonPBP) November 15, 2013
According to a report from the Associated Press (via The Washington Post), Martin arrived for a meeting with NFL investigators on Friday afternoon.
Per Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo, Martin didn't have much to say after the meeting:
Martin: "I do not intend to discuss this matter publicly at this time. ... This is the right way to handle this matter." Ballgame.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) November 15, 2013
Updates from Thursday, Nov. 14:
According to Curt Anderson of the Associated Press, Martin may be able to take legal action against the Dolphins organization:
Jonathan Martin could sue the Miami Dolphins for big money under a variety of workplace laws that make employers liable for bullying, harassment and discrimination — even if the team's hierarchy didn't know about it, according to several legal experts.
Less likely would be criminal charges against offensive lineman Richie Incognito, who was suspended by the Dolphins after fellow lineman Martin left the team 2½ weeks ago. Martin's attorney, David Cornwell, says Martin was repeatedly harassed by Incognito and others in ways that "went far beyond the traditional locker room hazing."
For Martin to win a lawsuit, Nova Southeastern University law professor Bob Jarvis said he'd have to show precisely that.
"It will be crucial for Martin to convince a jury that even with a rough workplace, there is a line that cannot be crossed and it was crossed here," Jarvis said.
Martin is set to meet with the NFL's special investigator Ted Wells on Friday.
Updates from Tuesday, Nov. 12:
From ESPN's Adam Schefter:
Miami OT Jonathan Martin's meeting with Dolphins brass will be Wednesday in California and with Ted Wells in New York City on Friday.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 12, 2013
From CBS Sports' Eye on Football:
Dolphins announce they'll postpone their meeting with Jonathan Martin at request of the league.— Eye on Football (@EyeOnNFL) November 12, 2013
Updates from Monday, Nov. 11:
Lisa Salters of ESPN is reporting that Martin is likely done for the year, believing that he can't return to the Dolphins despite his will to play:
THIS JUST IN: Jonathan Martin likely done for year. Source tells @saltersl that Martin wants to play again but feels he can't in Miami.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 11, 2013
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross held a press conference before his team's game against Tampa Bay in which he addressed the situation involving his team. Ross said that he has been in contact with Martin and that they plan to meet (via Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald):
Steve Ross says, "We really care about Jonathan Martin."— Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) November 11, 2013
Steve Ross says he has texted Jonathan Martin and plans to meet with him "very shortly."— Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) November 11, 2013
The owner later revealed that the meeting will be on Wednesday, via Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post:
Ross: I'm meeting with JM on Wednesday. I am not going to disclose where meeting is.— Andrew Abramson (@AbramsonPBP) November 11, 2013
Ross also announced that he had formed a committee to provide evaluation of the franchise, via Jeff Darlington of NFL Network:
Steve Ross has put together quite impressive 5-man committee for internal evaluation: Dungy, Shula, Marino, Jason Taylor and Curtis Martin.— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) November 11, 2013
Ross also backed Joe Philbin as head coach of the team, via Abramson:
Ross: I have total utmost confidence in Joe Philbin as our coach.— Andrew Abramson (@AbramsonPBP) November 11, 2013
Ross: I don't think there's a better, more respected, caring person in NFL than Joe Philbin.— Andrew Abramson (@AbramsonPBP) November 11, 2013
The Dolphins owner then moved on to his reaction to the scandal that has engulfed his franchise (via Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald, Dave Hyde of the Sun-Sentinel):
Ross: "I was appalled. I think anybody would be appalled. When you first read the tex. I didn't realize that people would speak that way."— Adam Beasley (@AdamHBeasley) November 11, 2013
Steve Ross: 'couldn't have been a worse nightmare'— Dave Hyde (@davehydesports) November 11, 2013
Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports reports Martin is expected to release a statement this week:
A source told FOX Sports that the plan is for Martin to put out a video statement at some point in the near future, likely this week.
The source said Martin won't get into a point-counterpoint with Incognito; rather, any statement Martin makes will be designed to explain his mindset and why he handled the situation by leaving the Miami Dolphins' facility when Incognito and other players played a prank on him.
Martin will meet with NFL-appointed investigator Ted Wells this week. Any questions for him will be asked by Wells, for now. The plan is for his videotaped segment to not feature an interviewer, the source said.
Martin still hopes to resume his NFL career and won't be able to dodge interviews forever.
Updates from Saturday, Nov. 9:
A person familiar with the situation says Miami Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin will meet late next week in Los Angeles with the NFL's special investigator to discuss allegations in the team's harassment scandal.
The person confirmed the upcoming meeting to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because the league and team haven't announced the details of the investigation.
Ted Wells, a senior partner in a New York law firm with experience in sports cases, will meet with Martin. Wells was appointed Wednesday by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to investigate possible misconduct in the Dolphins' workplace and prepare a report that will be made public.
Andrew Abramson of The Palm Beach Post reports Philbin's comments on the investigation on Saturday:
Philbin: I understand you guys have a lot of questions, a lot of info out there. We want to get the facts as well— Andrew Abramson (@AbramsonPBP) November 9, 2013
Philbin: I've been in constant contact with Ross, Garfinkel, Ireland and Aponte and we all want to get to bottom of this.— Andrew Abramson (@AbramsonPBP) November 9, 2013
Updates from Friday, Nov. 8:
ESPN.com's James Walker has the latest on Incognito's point of view:
"It's probably a combination of totally blindsided and a bit betrayed," the source said of Incognito's current state. "He's shocked. He can't believe this happened and thinks it probably could have been avoided."
According to the source, Incognito viewed himself as a "tough-love older brother" to Martin. Incognito gave Martin a hard time but also was protective of the second-year player, the source said.
Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio provides a statement from Martin's lawyer, David Cornwell:
Some of the language in the following statement may be seen as offensive. Discretion is advised.
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.
Quote from teammate: “We are going to run train on your sister. . . . She loves me. I am going to f–k her without a condom and c– in her c—.
Martin's agent, Rick Smith, speaks out about recent reports that Martin had problems with other teammates:
I have no independent knowledge of anything Mark Schwartz from ESPN attributed to myself. I've never heard of the guy until today.— Rick Smith (@RickSmith1956) November 7, 2013
I've always tried to return every phone call I receive from the media even if most of the time I say nothing. That ends today. Sorry!!!— Rick Smith (@RickSmith1956) November 7, 2013
From Ian Rapport of NFL.com:
Hiring of lawyer David Cornwell is to help Martin manage the situation. Doesn't mean a lawsuit is coming. Family wants situation improved— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 7, 2013
2 sources familiar with Jonathan Martin's situation: "More evidence is coming" to implicate Richie Incognito as a bully to Martin.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 7, 2013
Albert Breer of NFL Network provides us some interesting context to the relationship between Martin and Incognito:
Another interesting detail -- I'm told one of the players Jonathan Martin voted for to serve on the leadership council was Richie Incognito.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) November 7, 2013
Martin told teammates who he voted for, and others in the building saw the ballot. Can see the sway the OL had on team -- 2 guys on the LC.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) November 7, 2013
From Jay Glazer of Fox Sports:
Sports attorney David Cornwell has been hired to help advise and represent Jonathan Martin and his family— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) November 7, 2013
Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reports a new name has entered this situation:
Per multiple league sources, Dolphins G.M. Jeff Ireland received a call from Martin’s agent, Rick Smith, before Martin left the team on October 29. Smith complained to Ireland about the manner in which Incognito was treating Martin.
Ireland, according to the sources, suggested to Smith that Martin physically confront Incognito. Ireland specifically mentioned that Martin should “punch” Incognito.
Reached for comment by phone on Wednesday night, Dolphins senior V.P. of media relations Harvey Greene reiterated to PFT the position that there will be no public comment from the team on any aspect of the situation, given the league’s pending review.
Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill spoke at a press conference on Wednesday.
NFL Network's Jeff Darlington provided some perspective from Tannehill:
Ryan Tannehill: "If you asked Jonathan Martin who his best friend is on this team two weeks ago, he'd say Richie Incognito."— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) November 6, 2013
From Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post:
Ryan Tannehill: "Richie Incognito was the best possible teammate I could have asked for."— Bart Hubbuch (@HubbuchNYP) November 6, 2013
Tannehill on outsiders' criticism of a lack of team leadership in this situation: "Nobody knew there was a situation to be stopped."— Bart Hubbuch (@HubbuchNYP) November 6, 2013
From Will Brinson of CBS Sports:
"I would say Jonathan is like Richie's little brother." - Ryan Tannehill— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) November 6, 2013
More from Darlington:
In reference to the prank that occurred before Martin left team, Tannehill says the team played the same prank on Tannehill multiple times.— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) November 6, 2013
Hubbuch also noted Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline's feelings on the situation.
Hartline is outraged because he says Martin was passing the voicemail around earlier in the year and laughing about it.— Bart Hubbuch (@HubbuchNYP) November 6, 2013
Hartline insists that Incognito isn't a racist. Labels the question ridiculous and says he doesn't even understand it.— Bart Hubbuch (@HubbuchNYP) November 6, 2013
Hartline says the Dolphins ordered the players not to comment Monday but that they all decided to let loose and "defend ourselves" today.— Bart Hubbuch (@HubbuchNYP) November 6, 2013
Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald provides this quote from Miami offensive lineman Tyson Clabo:
Tyson Clabo is irate at Jonathan Martin: "I don't know why he's doing this. ... This is ridiculous."— Adam Beasley (@AdamHBeasley) November 6, 2013
Clabo said Incognito treated Martin no different than any other player on the offensive line.— Adam Beasley (@AdamHBeasley) November 6, 2013
Hubbuch added more from Clabo:
Tyson Clabo: "Everybody's trying to make Richie out to be a racist psychopath, and nothing could be farther from the truth."— Bart Hubbuch (@HubbuchNYP) November 6, 2013
The Palm Beach Post reporter Andrew Abramson adds Randy Starks' thoughts:
Randy Starks on why they're speaking up after initially being told not to talk: We want to clear Richie's name— Andrew Abramson (@AbramsonPBP) November 6, 2013
Abramson also adds this from Hartline:
Hartline on Martin: "The people that can hurt you most are the ones closest to you and that's exactly what happened."— Andrew Abramson (@AbramsonPBP) November 6, 2013
Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin spoke at a press conference on Wednesday.
From Will Brinson of CBS Sports:
"If the review reveals anything that needs to be corrected, we will take all necessary measures to fix it" - Joe Philbin— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) November 6, 2013
Philbin on leadership: "I think we have men in the locker room who care about one another."— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) November 6, 2013
From Andrew Abramson of the The Palm Beach Post:
Philbin on toughening up orders: no further comment on NFL review process— Andrew Abramson (@AbramsonPBP) November 6, 2013
From ESPN's SportsCenter:
"I believe in the men in our locker room ... I have the full faith and confidence that we will stick together as a team." - Joe Philbin— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 6, 2013
From ESPN's Adam Schefter:
Lawyer Ted Wells appointed by Roger Goodell to direct independent investigation of Dolphins and prepare a report that will be made public.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 6, 2013
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk provides this statement from Roger Goodell:
“Ted Wells will independently direct the investigation and submit a report to me,” Commissioner Goodell said in a league-issued release. “Mr. Wells will conduct a thorough and objective investigation. He will ensure that we have all the facts so that we can address this matter constructively. We have worked previously with Paul Weiss and have great respect for the firm. Ted Wells will have full authority to investigate as he deems appropriate. He is on the job as of today and will undertake to complete his work as promptly as possible. Consistent with doing a thorough investigation, we have not imposed a specific timetable on him.”
From Andrew Abramson of The Palm Beach Post:
League official just told me there is no deadline for NFI. Martin could go on it at anytime.— Andrew Abramson (@AbramsonPBP) November 5, 2013
From Andrew Abramson of The Palm Beach Post:
Now conflicting reports whether Dolphins have to place Martin on NFI by today or not. They might have more time to feel out situation.— Andrew Abramson (@AbramsonPBP) November 5, 2013
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