Golden State Warriors coach Jackson says Dolphins went too far
"It's sad. I think everybody should be held accountable, because that should not take place without players knowing, coaches knowing, management knowing,” Jackson said. “It's just disappointing."
Offensive tackle Jonathan Martin played for the Miami Dolphins but quit the team a week ago following a controversy involving allegations on guard Richie Incognito harassing him. Incognito was suspended from the team for an undisclosed time but unnamed sources are saying that the Dolphins are looking to end their relations with him.
Coach Jackson said that addressing newbies with such behaviour is not the way to go around. The rookies in NFL are subjected to ragging for the first few years to toughen them up and welcome them to the team. Jackson put the blame on the Dolphins franchise, saying that the team was oblivious to what was happening until the damage had been done. Moreover, he suspected they knew and did nothing to stop it.
"You've got to make sure you have the right people in the locker room," he said. "People who not only care about winning, but more importantly carry the flag of the organization. And the Miami Dolphins have failed."
The Warriors are no strangers to the tradition, making their two rookies Ognjen Kuzmic and Nemanja Nedovic wear children’s backpacks for the rest of the season. But this is a different kind of ragging as compared to what happened with Martin
Incognito made Martin pay for expensive team meals ranging to $30,000 and also forced him to pay $15,000 for a trip to Las Vegas he didn’t even want to go to. But the breaking point was when Martin left the team saying he was being threatened by Incognito and a message was found left by him to Martin which was racially abusive and had death threats in it.
Jackson said that having fun with the rookies and making them do the stuff that Martin did was a completely different situation.
"I don't believe in rookie hazing. I believe in rookies doing stuff as rookies,” Jackson said. “Getting coffee. Getting doughnuts. Picking up a tab. Not a $15,000 or $30,000 tab. I don't care who you are, that's disrespectful.