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NY Giants safety Antrel Rolle says both sides played their parts in the bullying scandal

11/6/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

Oct 27, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants strong safety Antrel Rolle (26) after the game between the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field. The New York Giants won the game 15-7. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY SportsNew York Giants safety Antrel Rolle may not have been in position of Jonathan Martin but he did say that the case of bullying he suffered was definitely one that he could understand and sympathize with.
 
When Rolle was asked if was in the same situation and needed to act, what would have been his actions, he stated that he would have left sooner than Rolle did, before matters got heated and media and NFL came in to investigate.
 
“Well, first of all, nothing like that would ever happen to myself because I wouldn’t allow it to happen. I think that’s something people really need to understand and look at,” Rolle said. “Yeah, was Richie Incognito wrong? Absolutely. But I think the other guy is as much to blame as Richie because he allowed it to happen.
 
Rolle said that Martin should not have let Incognito harass him the way he did and should have protected his dignity by reporting him as soon as possible and leaving the team.
 
“At this level you’re a man, you’re not a little boy, you’re not a freshman in college, you’re a man. Everything has its limits.’’
 
The NFLPA (National Football League Players Association) is now investigating the matter deeply and on Tuesday issued an official statement declaring that it would stand by having the matter thoroughly investigated and the full extent of the incident of bullying between Incognito and Martin be examined.
 
The investigation is underway regarding the alleged bullying. It is said that Martin was bullied by Incognito who used him to get money and pay for trips and expensive team meals. Martin left the Dolphins last week when he had enough of it and Incognito was suspended for an undisclosed time.
 
The fact that the Miami Dolphins management was unaware of this ongoing exchange is something hard to believe but still needs to be proven.
 
“We expect that the NFL and its clubs create a safe and professional workplace for all players, and that owners, executives, coaches and players should set the best standards and examples,” NFLPA said.
 
“It is the duty of this union to hold the clubs ... accountable for safety and professionalism in the workplace. ...,” the union continued. “We will continue to remain in contact with the impacted players, their representatives and player leadership.”
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