Dolphins Jonathan Martin Left Team Because Teammates Were Bullying Him
Yesterday, news came out that Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin left the team to undergo counseling and spend time with his family. Details were a bit sketchy but now they are coming to light. Appearantly, he was relentlessly teased by teammates and they called him “Big Weirdo”:
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.”
The details of the final straw of what was first called a lunchroom prank have also emerged from Jay Glazer:
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.
This is a really strange situation. NFL players and athletes in general are known to tease each other but never to the point where someone leave a professional team.
What is this, 7th grade gym class?