The Jonathan Martin bullying scandal currently plaguing the Miami Dolphins exploded over the weekend with networks and local outlets all offering fresh reporting on the story. In case you've been vacationing out of the country for the past week, here's the timeline of what's happened so far.
Second year lineman Jonathan Martin left the team before their Thursday night game with the Bengals due to a reported bullying situation and a prank gone wrong.
On Friday, Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen of ESPN reported that Dolphins teammate Richie Incognito was at the center of a bullying investigation and that the behavior had extended into last season when Martin was a rookie. The same day, Jeff Darlington of NFL Network (who wrote an extensive profile on Incognito turning his life and career around) reported texts from Martin to Incognito that seemed to paint a better relationship between the two.
Saturday, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported it wasn't bullying, but rather that Martin was dealing with "emotional issues."
On Sunday, a wave of new reports and statements emerged that depicted something different.
CBS's Jason La Canfora reported Incognito's role as the ring-leader in the bullying scandal amidst other unseemly behavior in the Dolphins locker room.
Sunday morning the Dolphins released a statement saying reports of bullying was speculation, but it wouldn't be their last statement of the day.
Incognito took to Twitter to blast Adam Schefter for his reporting and that he wanted his name "CLEARED." Also, he told Schefty to #BRINGIT, probably not the best choice of hashtags for someone in the middle of an alleged bullying scandal:
For his part, Schefter filed another report saying Incognito forced Martin to pay $15,000 for a trip to Las Vegas he didn't even participate in and that Martin feared retribution from Incognito in the Dolphins locker room for what has transpired.
Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald had details on the situation going well beyond Martin and to other younger players in the Dolphins locker room nearly going broke by being forced to always foot the bill for veterans. This included a Dolphins rookie paying for a $30,000 team dinner.
Sunday night, the Dolphins suspended Incognito indefinitely amidst a tidal wave of reports implicating him at the center of the controversy.
The story took a disturbing turn when Fox's Mike Garafolo reported that Incognito sent Martin texts and voicemails that were threatening and racially charged in nature on Fox Sports Live. It took a bizarre turn when Deadspin built a pretty convincing case that Incognito's dad was posting on Dolphins message boards defending his son and blasting Martin.
Furthermore, a scroll through social media archives revealed these interactions between Martin and Incognito on Twitter throughout the past year with Incognito repeatedly calling Martin a weirdo and an Instagram pic that seem relevant considering all the above information.
Shout out to @J_Martin71 for being the biggest weirdo I know— Richie incognito (@68INCOGNITO) August 30, 2013
And that's where things stand at the moment. As this Martin-Incognito situation has evolved and grown into arguably the biggest story this week in the NFL, it's been fascinating to see so many outlets gain real estate in reporting in the matter. From the likes of Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen at ESPN, to local beat writers covering the team, to the various networks that cover the NFL and reporters like Jason La Canfora and Mike Garofolo, to blogs, social media, and message boards. There's information regarding this story at nearly every level of media. It's a window into the current media landscape that is wider and deeper and more capable to report details than ever before. And, with so many networks and outlets dedicating resources specifically to NFL reporters and not just ex-players, there's many more high-profile journalists on this case than there might be in other sports. With so many people investigating this story, there's sure to be even more information to emerge in the coming days.
UPDATE: Monday around noon Jason La Canfora reported details of the texts and voicemails from Incognito to Martin that contained threats to Martin's family and racial slurs. Adam Schefter transcribed one of the voicemails on Twitter that ended like this.
4. Incognito to Martin, all on same VM in April 2013: "(Expletive) you, you're still a rookie. I'll kill you."— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 4, 2013
UPDATE II: Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports that Incognito's time with the Dolphins is for all intents and purposes over.
You can also lay down on train tracks slit your wrist strave yourself drlont drink anything for a week or2 jump of high bridge drown yourself take about 1000 pills do about 6 onces call coke crack heroin meth k, just to name s few drink your slef to death run in rush hour traffic jump off high building last one being nice like you incog hang yourslef from the highest fucking tree you find
Incognito should kill him slef I am nice enough to give you instructions get a gun load the gun make sure safety off on gun put barrel n mouth and then you pull the trigger make sure you do it so no one has to clean your cracker brains up I will give you more help get pistol shove up as and pull both triggers at the same fucking time please hurry up
I no incognito he did date martin but martin left his ass cause he is white me martin big sis they won't cum out me take them out of closet sorry
Being a retired professional baseball player. I actually know how locker room and team stuff is done. The simple fact that this has blown up to this is complete BS. In sports taunting, hazing, embarrassment for rookies and other players is just the way things are. What happens in the locker room stays there. You pay your dues take the crap and when you grow in the league you do the same. Its about team bonding and being "a dude" I had my fare share of hazing my rookie season, sure it sucked but as a professional athlete you have to be even more "mentally tough" than physically. This is absolutely ridiculous and outside of the Dolphins locker room nobody should know anything that goes on
in this day and times you have to be politically correct with what u say and do.i don't like it but that's the way it is.
It's time for the NFL to investigate Jeff Darlington and his role in this saga. I know it's his job to get close to the team, but his reporting seemed to be some propaganda tool used against Martin. Go and read his tweets. His job is not to defend the Dolphin players. His comments were ridiculous now that you look on it.
He must have caused Martin so much mental anguish with his total lack of objectivity. Sorry Jeff, you must be fired.
Kudos to the NFL for being the incredible PR machine and turning this into a "bullying" problem. Well done getting the public on your side and making Richie Incognito the most hated man in the America. There is always a scapegoat when one has much to protect. I wonder how much money NFL will compensate Richie Incognitoto to remain silent following this debacle. He is the ultimate team player for having to take this onslaught. People need to ask NFL why having a openly gay player is such a crime. I wish Mr. Martin would come out but we all know that will never happen because NFL would never allow it.
Incognito. "Hey, rookie, you are paying 15K for my Vegas vacation."
My response, "I am? Let me go to my car and get my checkbook." As I walk right out the door.
The next day Incognito says "Hey rookie I thought you were going to your car and write me a check."
My response, "There you go thinking again. Don't think meat. It can only hurt the team."
I'm guessing individual teams or the entire league will ban rookies spending money on vets. Sort of like how NBA banned gambling on planes.
@MatthewPa1 I agree, I just got done reading it too, might as well have been done by a PR firm hired by Incognito.
@vedranagovic My God some people have agendas. Nowhere in any article has it ever been at all insinuated that Martin is gay. He's just very sensitive. What would give you any reason to suspect he's gay (a Seinfeldian "Not that there's anything wrong with that" needs to go here!)
@chriswTHANK YOU for the point, sometimes common sense is overlooked. Everyone has the option of saying NO. This is about extracting $ from Mr. Martin because of something personal (sexual orientation). Why on earth would Mr. Martin endure such well into his second year? HE is NOT a rookie. This is NOT about hazing as the NFL wants you to believe. You will never hear a peep from Mr. Martin or Mr. Incognito going forward. Having an openly gay player in the NFL is a no no. Just ask the league.
@chrisw You're an idiot, if martin got in a fight over this he gets fined, suspended and possibly off the team, in short it's 2013 get with the times caveman
@chrisw Love internet tough guys that hide anonymously behind a keyboard....
@chrisw Wow. Just wow. Sign this guy up for analysis on the NFL Network. He knows all about the culture of NFL teams and the dynamics between teammates.