Dolphins OT Jonathan Martin is not playing tonight vs. the Bengals. Martin has left the team unexpectedly and abruptly. Why? Too much bullying from his teammates, according to FOX Sports. Around the locker room, Martin was known as “Big Weirdo” and the last straw came this week, when he sat down to eat with a bunch of dudes, and they all immediately and simultaneously stood up and left him there alone. It was a prank (and actually sounds pretty funny) but he freaked out. The story:
Miami Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin loves playing football. But what a source told FOX Sports was an abusive environment that developed during Martin’s 1 1/2 seasons with the Dolphins led to him taking a personal leave of absence to spend time with his family. Martin left Dolphins headquarters on Monday when finally reaching his limit with the persistent bullying and teasing from some teammates that has plagued him since joining Miami as a 2012 second-round draft choice. As first reported by FOX Sports NFL insider Jay Glazer, the latest taunt – a group of players stood up and left when he tried joining them for lunch – led to Martin getting up himself and walking out the door. There is no timetable for a return, which could lead Miami to ultimately place him on the reserve/non-football injury list. It also raises questions about his future with the franchise. This wasn’t an abrupt action by Martin, who is Stanford-educated and the son of two lawyers who attended Harvard University. A source said Martin has tried dealing with a slew of indignities that crossed into personal and family insults, including being bestowed with the nickname of “Big Weirdo.” Knowing his background, the 6-foot-5, 312-pound Martin probably felt that challenging teammates to fistfights wasn’t the answer to the situation.