Chris Johnson appeared with Jim Rome on CBS Sports Network’s ROME Friday, and offered his own opinion on the Jonathan Martin-Richie Incognito situation brewing in Miami.
Johnson, and alpha male in his own right, told Rome that he wouldn’t want to be a teammate of Jonathan Martin. Johnson went on to say, it would be “hard to put my trust in a guy” who wasn’t able to “hold his own” in the locker room.
“The type of team we have over there, we have people who want to step up and be a man at the end of the day and to be able to hold your own,” Johnson said. “It would be kind of hard to put my trust in a guy to go out there every Sunday and hold his own. At the end of the day he wasn’t a rookie any more, he was a second-year guy. It wasn’t like a big offensive lineman picking on a kicker or a receiver or something. Both of those guys are really big guys. At the end of the day you have to step up and be a man and handle your own.”
“I wouldn’t say I’ve seen anybody bullying. A lot of times when it comes to bullying it’s a bigger guy picking on a smaller guy who can’t take up for himself,” Johnson said. “I’m totally against bullying, but it comes to a point where when a guy been’s bullied so much he’ll eventually step up and do something about it. That’s not going to tell your parents or tell the principle or anything like that because you’re going to get bullied at the end of the day. You being a grown man you gotta step up and do some things for yourself.
“The older you get you ain’t be able to tell your parents or you ain’t gonna be able to tell anybody at the end of the day. We’re talking about two grown men.”
Asked if he felt Martin handled the situation properly, Johnson again drilled Martin for being a second year guy in the NFL who essentially ran and tattled on everyone.
“I don’t think he did,” Johnson said.