Posted February 15, 2014

Andrew McDonald says he is ‘Player A’ in Incognito report, has “no problem” with Dolphin organization

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Panthers' T Andrew McDonald has yet to play in an NFL game. (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Panthers’ T Andrew McDonald has yet to play in an NFL game. (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Former Miami Dolphins tackle Andrew McDonald has released a statement confirming that he is the unnamed ‘Player A’ in Ted Wells’ report on harassment in the Dolphins’ locker room, and that he holds the Miami organization in high regard.

ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio reports McDonald released the statement because he felt it was already being leaked that he was the unnamed player who had been subjected to homophobic taunts not only from his fellow offensive lineman, but also from offensive line coach Jim Turner in 2012.

The statement, which came through McDonald’s agent, stresses that he spoke with Wells at the end of his investigation, after all information had been gathered, and harbors no ill will against his former coach.

FARRAR: Report on Richie Incognito- Jonathan Martin saga: History of ‘persistent bullying, harassment and ridicule’ within Dolphins

“While Andrew can’t speak for any other players involved in the report, he personally has no problem with the Miami Dolphins organization and has the highest opinion of Coach [Jim] Turner both personally and professionally and feels terrible about the way their relationship has been portrayed in the report.”

McDonald joined Miami as an undrafted free agent out of Indiana University in 2012 and spent the season on the team’s practice squad. He was a member of the Carolina Panthers’ practice team last season before signing a free-agent contract with them in January.


61 comments
MartyJenkins
MartyJenkins

love some of these classic internet troll/tough guys... just typical tough talk from morons who know they'll never have to back it up

dandogwood
dandogwood

Obviously Martin is gay and mentally weak so cut him now. Cut that fat slob Incognito also just for the hell of it. Martin is too soft for the NFL and put an apple in Incognito mouth and roast him. What martin should have done was just cut Incognitos throat.

MrArlington
MrArlington

He had to do this. He didn't want to get branded in the league. His choice was to either make this statement if he intended on staying in the league or to criticize the league and be an untouchable to all teams.

thebigdawg3
thebigdawg3

First Martin, now McDonald: pu ss y alert.

Annabel
Annabel

Media whipping up another non-story.   Bullying in an NFL locker room?  Give me a break. What is this, kindergarten?  People, i.e. general public wimps need to shut up. This guy is 6'6" 310 lbs.  Grow a pair or get the hell out of the NFL.

rma101560
rma101560

Any coach that participated, encouraged or ignored this behavior should be fired.  Philben should go first, followed by Turner.  Incognito needs to be put on an NCAA-type "show cause" list.  He should not be allowed to play for any NFL team.  

Dumptruck
Dumptruck

when are the dolphin's gonna dump philbum? i don't care what the report says- he shudda known, and as "captain of the ship" as head coach, he should of known.

jzty
jzty

Incognito can dish it out but he can't take it.  Poor baby, most people outgrow bullying in high school.  Incognito is still a 14-year old apparently.  What a loser.

Rem
Rem

Stockholm syndrome much?

BP_PR
BP_PR

it's all about $$$

wlewisiii
wlewisiii

IOW: I am desperate to keep my job so I don't care what I have to do or say to keep it. 

Genghis_Sean
Genghis_Sean

What else can he say if it's still his current team?

Hola
Hola

This guy looks bi-racial.  Is there something about bi-racial kids that make them weak, or is it a middle class upbringing?  A black guy from the hood would have handled this situation.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@dandogwood  

Why are you so obsessed with homosexuality?  What's your problem?

Because a football player majors in Classics, likes to read books, and doesn't react well to being brutalized, he's a homosexual.  OK, got it.

Grow up.

Burp
Burp

@thebigdawg3  First Incognito, now thebigdawg3 : stupid jerk alert.

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

@Annabel  I guess if you're big enough, people should be able to harass you.


Idiot.

GregoryStroud
GregoryStroud

And the assistant trainer? The employees on the golf course? The incidents in college? Grow a heart and a brain.

TheHip1
TheHip1

@rma101560  You do realize that this behavior is not confined to the Miami locker room right? So are you ready to fire everybody in the league? You do understand that playground bullying and an NFL locker room are day and night apart right? Tough guy mentality exists in these places and always has-I am not saying this is acceptable in your and my workplace but then again my job doesn't involve wrestling with a 300lb guy for 60 minutes a Sunday. Motivation can be harsh, a prove me wrong type mindset, and if someone gets too sensitive about it then maybe the NFL isn't the job for them. If Martin can't handle aggressive ribbing from a teammate, how the hell would he handle it in the trenches on the field? There is a reason they don't mic everyone in the NFL...the trash talk would make you squirm for sure. Martin went crying outside to lawyers, and the media instead of handling it in house, as it has been done since the start. He couldn't handle the pressure but still wants his paycheck...or payday as this story seems to be heading. Is Richie an a**? Sure is, but I'd rather have him on the O line than Martin.

Dumptruck
Dumptruck

let me try that again...


Philbum should of known as Head Coach, and as "Captain of the ship" he should go down with it


(sorry- it's late)

WilliamCross
WilliamCross

It's all sorta about federal labor laws..

nfinitwordsfoto
nfinitwordsfoto

@Hola   Incognito and the murderer sympathizer Pouncey along with their followers were the weak ones.  It's easy to be a bully when you make it damn near impossible for others to be able to stand up to you.  

My guess is that you're probably a big pvssy too just like fat redneck Incognito.  

wlewisiii
wlewisiii

@Hola  Drink much of that "I'm Stupid" Kool-aide while growing up? Or were you naturally dumber than a box of spacely space sprockets? 

logue.justinf
logue.justinf

@Hola  Incognito was the weak one.  The guy has lost everyone he has gone and this just fits his pattern.  If Martin would've stood up to the team captain incognito it would've just stoked Incognito borderline personality disorder.  How anyone can read about the things Incognito has done and say it's anything but weak is beyond me.

pirate
pirate

@Hola Why do you assume he's weak? He was the victim of bullying. That doesn't make him weak, necessarily. Just makes Incognito, Pouncey at all jerks.

Annabel
Annabel

@Joebuckster @Annabel  A locker room is not a board room, moron.  No doubt you and other general public wimps will sic the lawyers on this to legislate behavior in the NFL locker room.  No name calling, no vulgar comments, no towel slapping.

Annabel
Annabel

@GregoryStroud You're off topic Gregory.  I think I was pretty clear that I was talking about interactions between NFL players here.  Those would supposedly be fairly tough guys weighing 300 lbs.  Not talking about golf course employees or trainers.  But good for you to stand up for them.   I'm sure if they were truly abused they'll get a lawyer to sue and your bleeding heart won't be needed.

esgalan2
esgalan2

@Dumptruck Every time I see a guy twisting a family name to make it sound ridiculous, I say to myself  "yet another guy who's got the maturity of a tenth grader"......

Hola
Hola

@nfinitwordsfoto @Hola I probably would have done some serious damage to one or all three of them.  Sometime violence is acceptable.  Defending oneself against bullies is acceptable violence.

Hola
Hola

@pirate @HolaYou must defend yourself at all times.  Sometimes violence is an excepted alternative.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@Annabel @Joebuckster 

If you'd bother to read just the summary of the report (clearly you didn't), the investigators state clearly that they don't expect boardroom behavior from NFL players -- but even so, there has to be a limit.

Stop insulting people.  Your moral pathology is showing.

Hola
Hola

@nfinitwordsfoto @Hola In elementary school, I stabbed my tormentors with a pencil..deep.  Never had anymore problems with bullies. Sure, I got suspended, by it was worth it.

Sportsfan18
Sportsfan18

@Hola @nfinitwordsfoto  try telling that to the court when you're being sued for inflicting said "serious damage" to another human being...



MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@Hola @logue.justinf 

Actually, Martin did.  He told Incognito to f-- off a number of times.

"So slug Incognito.  YEAH!  That's MANLY behavior!"  

Suuuure.  And when Incognito and his gang mop the floor with Martin (all else being equal, 1 man against 3 psychos is hopeless odds), Martin gets blamed for creating a ruckus.  You're conveniently forgetting that your hero Richie is a "team leader" anointed by the Dolphins, even though he's supposedly on a "one strike and you're out" policy.

Craig
Craig

@Hola @pirate  The graveyards of the world a filled with people who believed in your idea.  Sadly most of them only "believed" because their country's leadership believed the same thing.  The boys in the 'hood believe that...and gang shootings happen every day because somebody felt "disrespected."  That concept is one of the major problems of mankind...and has been for nearly forever.

Hola
Hola

@Rickapolis @HolaDefending oneself against bullies is self defense.  He should have "bust a cap" in his tormentors.  He could claim mental distress.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

@Hola I assume you meant to say that 'Sometimes violence is an ACCEPTED alternative'. In which case you would be wrong. Violence is only acceptable in self defense.