Posted November 06, 2013

Report: Dolphins’ Jonathan Martin checked himself into hospital

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Offensive tackle Jonathan Martin reportedly had enough of his teammates' bullying and teasing. (AP)

Offensive tackle Jonathan Martin has been away from the team after allegedly being bullied. (AP)

Dolphins offensive tackle Jonathan Martin recently checked himself into a South Florida hospital to be treated for emotional distress after leaving the team last week, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports. After a brief stay, Martin reportedly returned to California with his parents.

Dolphins coach Joe Philbin visited Martin at the hospital, and the Dolphins reportedly arranged for his parents’ travel to South Florida.

The specific treatment of Martin’s emotional condition was not disclosed, but sources say it was related to his belief that he had been targeted during a sustained level of harassment from teammates, including suspended guard Richie Incognito.

Martin did not disclose to Philbin any specific incident of harassment or bullying when the coach made the hospital visit, sources said.

Martin remains in California, preparing a detailed document for his cooperation with a league investigation into a string of alleged multiple incidents he says led to his emotional distress and exit from the team, sources said.

EXTRA MUSTARD: Richie Incognito’s Twitter history with Jonathan Martin


18 comments
JohnDeSilva
JohnDeSilva

Martin: doctor can you subscribe anything for me being a 300lb pansy

doctor: here's a binky and a blanket now get the hell out of my office you big wuss

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

A football team is a closed system.

There are many ways to brutalize someone until they can't take it anymore, and they have to escape.

Martin lasted for a season-and-a-half.  Some mental weakling!  He just got pushed too far.  Why?  Because he was different.  Not a Neanderthal.  Wonderful.

Between the Penn State scandals and this, I'm starting to see just how odiously amoral big-time football is. 

Go_paul
Go_paul

diagnosis = somatization disorder

metalhead65
metalhead65

wow who knew they had rehab centers for being a pansy? the guy needs to get it over with and come out of the closet already. there is no way incognito would have been able to treat martin the way he did without somebody stepping in and stopping him. especially if he is the racist the media is trying to portray him as. and newsflash this may come as a shock to some people especially us old folks but thanks to the hip hop generation the "N" is not the offensive term it was we were growing up. thanks to rap and movies that is just another cuss word and insult to toss around with friends with today's youth. don't like it? to bad there is nothing you can do about it. it is a generational thing and no amount of pc protesting is going to change it.

RealJDSportsFan1
RealJDSportsFan1

Martin's hospital visit may have been calculated. In the case that Martin wants to sue the Dolphins for intentional infliction of emotional distress, he would have to show that he experienced "severe" emotional distress and a hospital visit and testimony from a doctor would do it. I'm not suggesting it was only for this reason but it won't hurt. I wrote up a couple of posts analyzing a few legal issues in the case that Martin sues the Dolphins:

http://jdsportsfan.wordpress.com/2013/11/05/hostile-work-environment-jonathan-martin-richie-incognito-and-the-miami-dolphins/

http://jdsportsfan.wordpress.com/2013/11/06/vicarious-liability-incognito-told-by-coaches-to-toughen-up-martin/


gpellison68
gpellison68

When I played, if we had a guy we thought was "soft" or who did not fit into the locker room "culture", we razzed him until he either got it and became part of the team, or left! From the sounds of this, Incognito is being hung out to dry by the media, but all of his team mates, except "Martin" love him and know him as a good team leader and stand up kind of guy. 

I do not condone any kind of racist language, but locker rooms have changed a lot since I played and I will not presume to be an expert. Martin needs to take that Stanford Education and find a nice civilian job. He is clearly not a "team" guy and NOT ONE PLAYER has come to his defense since this scandal started. When it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and acts like a duck, IT IS A DUCK! He is just not cut out for playing football. 

Anyone who has went to high school (Hopefully most of you) knows that there are "cliques" that you belong to or gravitate towards based on your personality, likes, dislikes, etc... Well, Martin wanted to play football, but his personality, soft demeanor, and apparently 'thin skin" just means he is trying to hang out where he does not belong and he caught  some rather distasteful and disgusting remarks about it. Too bad! He has likely ruined Incognito's career, has hurt the Dolphin franchise irreparably this season, and will likely be out of the NFL himself after this embarrassing admittance of softness.

I know that few will like this posting, or understand it, because you have not been there or cannot comprehend what the locker room is like, day after day, practice after practice, with a lot of testosterone and humor (Good, Bad, and Ugly) flowing freely to cut some of the pressure, the pain, the mundane repetitiveness of doing the same thing over and over again, and to build camaraderie. If 10% of what was said or done in a locker room got out to the press, the league would have NO PLAYERS! 

So, instead of us reviling this, and sympathizing with that, and being "shocked" that such a thing has happened, let's get back to our life, realize the incidents are in the mind of the accuser only, let Incognito play again, and get over this overblown wuss' insistence that he was "bullied"... He is big enough to stand up for himself, unfortunately, his Stanford Education, Soft Upbringing, and Weak Mind apparently robbed him of the ability to either stand up for himself or learn how to take it.

jbc123
jbc123

This guy clearly has a lot more problems than Richie Incognito. 

M20
M20

@JohnDeSilva Fortunately the medical profession is not populated by the likes of you.

ChrisMcCoy
ChrisMcCoy

@metalhead65 OR.....he could have the strength of character to NOT want to fight a teammate just to be part of the group. Sometimes it takes more to not beat the living sheet out of someone then to raise that first fist. It is hard turning the other cheek, not easy. If Martin is the only player of character on the Dolphins line, good for him. 

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@gpellison68  

So if a guy was "different" -- i.e., preferred seeing a movie to getting drunk in a bar, or reading a book to watching some bloody/porn movie -- you got rid of him.  Because he didn't fit in.  Regardless, apparently, of talent.

In other words, run off someone who could help the team because he wasn't a Neanderthal like everyone else.  Leadership and team building -- football style.

Wombat
Wombat

@gpellison68 Welcome to 2013! Have you been under a rock for the last ten years? People cannot do this type of thing anymore. Incognito is wrong, wrong, WRONG and the lawyers will prove it so! Regardless of the "team" loving" him and the old school mentality of the locker room the world is no longer a place where this type of thing is acceptable any longer. Get with the times, get your PC pants on and watch the Dolphins take it in the wallet!

ChrisMcCoy
ChrisMcCoy

@gpellison68 The biggest guy on our team (Rasheed) was quiet, reserved, and did not want to fight off the field because he had an abusive father growing up. We had a jacka$$ like Incognito on our team that thought he was soft (even though Rasheed played D-Line and consistently did his job great). Finally our bully pushed Rash too far and he snapped. Then everyone got on Rash, (not the jacka$$) for pummeling this guy to pulp. SO what you say is complete BS.

Martin would have been labeled a cancer if he had fought back and Incognito would have claimed he was just trying to toughen him up and Martin didn't get the "joke". Martin deserves props for NOT releasing his rage and just walking away. This isn't him against his team. This is his team against him. And by all accounts, the coaches, and even the damn GM insisted the only way out for Martin was for him to fight his Incognito. This is institutionalized violence. This has no place in the locker room. If a teammate doesn't want to fight, he shouldn't have to fight. His teammates should back him unless he isn't getting it done on the field. Martin was STARTING for them. He was getting it done.  

Mech
Mech

@gpellison68 Yeah I think the opinion is starting to change towards Incognito. The players say he is a standup guy and they have even said he was Martins best friend on the team and Richie was there to back him up during the games. Martin clearly did not know how to handle the other guys on the team and had no social skills apparently. I don't condone the hazing, not much use for it, but as a guy you learn to defuse it or you get out. The Marines often hazed guys that were not toeing the line and frankly we were better off without them, management or officers rarely know who is and who is not a problem. So far no one on the team has said anything bad about Incognito and they are the ones to judge in my opinion.

redmch91
redmch91

@gpellison68 Man I've tried to state my opinion similarly, but you've got it nailed.  I even  used the example of Richard Sherman being a very public and animated guy and he's a Stanford guy.  School doesn't matter, flat out either you have the attitude and mindset to handle all things that come with being an NFL player or you don't.  I can't imagine Incognito has said anything to Martin he hasn't heard repeatedly as a competitor on the football field.  Is it right according to the media and armchair QB's across the nation who have never played competitively?  Should it matter to headstrong football players who have to worry about a lot more than words flying at them?  According to the feedback from around the league that's a resounding no.

bbc
bbc

@jbc123 So seeking help like any reasonable person would means Martin has "more problems"?

FritoBaggins
FritoBaggins

And Incognito clearly has a lot more problems than just Martin.