I respect what you're doing Daniel.. and if it were somebody on the Jets (depending on the situation) I may or may not come running to my teams' defense aswell. But I think this story is starting to unravel in a way that won't allow anyone to see the Dolphins point-of-view, and if what's being reported is true.. the real question is, why would you? Verbal sexual assault towards a players sister is not hazing. Physically attacking someone (and again, depending on the severity) is not hazing. I spoke briefly yesterday how what had been reported was only the tip of the iceberg, and 8 hours later, all this has now come out. Martin's Mother is a lawyer.. his Father is a lawyer.. and the family has hired an outside attorney in addition. The Martin camp is being very methodical in the way they're releasing information in drips & drabs. I'm guessing every phone call.. e-mail.. voicemail.. text.. and any other aduit trail has been saved by Jonathan Martin since April. --and if this is what the legal team has been releasing over the past week up until this point.. you can rest assure that they have much more incriminating points that they're withholding for court. THAT'S why I'm so wrapped up in this.. because the Dolphin players should've shut their yaps before more information had yet to be released! Players like Hartline & Tannehill are going to look very foolish running to Incognito's defense, if incriminating evidence gets released on Richie.. or WORSE, other players of the Miami Dolphins. It's important to note, Martin's defense is not singling out Incognito.. rather, he was one of MANY players. -and the way the players are acting strengthens Martin's case.
I like Ryan Tannehill ALOT! I think he's a great kid with a bright future. But to not just say "no comment" when asked about what's going on, really wan't the brightest thing to do. All he could've done was direct all questions to Coach Philbin.. instead he sang swoon songs of Incognito being a great guy, lockerroom leader, and the best teammate he could've ever asked for. Then 24 hours later..
"The 34 year-old volunteer went to police alleging that Incognito had molested her. The report says Incognito used his golf club to touch her by rubbing it up against her pants. He proceeded to lean up against her buttocks with his private parts as if dancing, saying: 'Let It Rain, Let It Rain!' before finishing up the inappropriate behavior by emptying bottled water in her face."
..take a guess on what's going to happen now? Miami reporters will run to Tannehill with this report in hand, asking him to clarify his comments. SMART! Likewise Mr. Hartline.. who went out on a limb to defend the voicemail, will now be hounded with the sister text, and asked to defend that.
If the Dolphins had isolated Incognito on an island, and said things like; "well I don't know about all of that, but that's certainly not how the rest of us act" -they would've been free and clear from public scrutiny. But that's not what happened here. The players have made Incognito a martyr, and have isolated Martin! They went out and not only praised Incognito, but defended points like the voicemail and the $15,000.00 vegas trip. They have named him their Leadership Council, and in the process, have come off looking like a bunch of thugs. I had no other motive against any of Miami's players other than Incognito when this had first been reported. However, their caviler attitude against Martin wants me to see Goodell throw the book at all of them. (and depending on how this unfolds, you may see exactly that)
I'm betting that Martin's camp has much more stuff that they're saving for the right time. (with names attached) When that stuff gets released, this is going to get very messy in Miami.
EDIT: Again Daniel, no disrespect.. but have you ever even considered the notion that what went on to Jonathan Martin was bullying?
Edited by Beezer34, 08 November 2013 - 11:01 AM.