The Union steps in to investigate Dolphins’ Martin bullying case
The case started off when Dolphins Jonathan Martin left the team a week ago amid accusations that he was being bullied by the team and specifically Richie Incognito. He allegedly forced him to give money for trips and pay up for expensive meals the team had. A voice recorded message was found which threatened him and his family which was later confirmed by an unidentified source. At first the team issued a statement that said the allegations were mere speculations. Hours later, Incognito was suspended indefinitely and now the franchise seeks to end all relationships with him.
The union issued a statement on Tuesday saying it wanted a thorough investigation of the matter.
"As the representative organization of all players, the NFLPA will insist on a fair investigation for all involved," the union statement said.
Instead, the union said accountability rested with the Dolphins.
The union had a different take on the matter, saying that it was the job of the franchise to make a secure environment for the players.
"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," the union statement said.
"It is the duty of this union to hold the clubs ... accountable for safety and professionalism in the workplace. ... We will continue to remain in contact with the impacted players, their representatives and player leadership."
Although no criminal investigations have started for the case, the NFL will also have to see whether the Dolphins did not make a safe workplace atmosphere for the players as per league regulations.
"All NFL players and prospective players have the right to work in a positive environment that is free from any and all forms of harassment, intimidation and discrimination," says the manual.
Coach Joe Philbin denied having any clue or information that Martin was being bullied during the time he was with the Dolphins. He said that only after he had left did he come to know of the matter.
Arizona linebacker Karlos Dansby was shocked that the team did nothing to intervene and stand up for Martin.
"We're like family. So why would we do something to hurt our family? I don't understand it,” he said. “Definitely you have to step in and say something. Unfortunately the guys didn't step in down there. You got to have leaders step and up and control that kind of situation."