By: Baylee VanKirk
Recently a professional football player, Jonathan Martin, left the Miami Dolphins because of the constant hazing and bullying from both players and coaches. Martin has only been in the league for a year and a half, but says it hasn’t stopped since day one. The prime suspect from the NFL’s investigation is teammate and fellow lineman Ritchie Incognito. Incognito has had a problem in the past with fighting with teammates and yelling at coaches in disagreement.
As reports keep coming out, both parties seem to be guilty in their own way as the hazing went back and forth between the two teammates. Most of the Dolphin’s players claim that Martin and Incognito were friends on and off the field. With investigation continuing throughout the season, both players’ futures with the team and in the league are in question. Incognito was suspended right after the reports came out. Since he was suspended for a non-football issue, he either will be able to to come back to the team after six weeks or they could decide to release him to the free-agency. Martin has recently met with the NFL investigators. Also NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has sent lawyers down to Miami to talk with team executives and coaches.
This whole conflict has stirred up talks around all sports about bullying in the locker rooms. The Minnesota Timberwolves of the NBA outlawed all hazing for rookies, even the small stuff such as carrying around a Jonas Brothers backpack that first round picks have had to do for awhile now. Other teams are paying more attention to what goes on behind the scenes, but are not taking action quite yet. Most colleges already had rules against bullying in sports, but some of the ones that had not are trying to apply them now.
Stories continue to pour out about both parties. With no final decision on the investigation yet, it is hard to tell who is to blame. In the near future, you will most likely hear a lot more about bullying in sports with a big part due to this situation.