This potentially was my rock bottom moment with this franchise only because the mocking that I got was rough. I mean, the headline I used for this NFL team involved with bullying is as cringeworthy to type as it is to read. It just makes me roll my eyes into the back of my head to near Undertaker levels.
Jonathan Martin got bullied or harrassed by Richie Incognito. That’s right, two offensive linemen traded barbs and insults with each other and one of them felt bad about it even though there was evidence that both guys said stuff to each other in what seemed like two guys messing around with each other.
As a fan, it was just hard to explain to anybody what was happening and why it was important that the league investigated it. I’m not saying that bullying is cool or that I’m pro-bullying. Quite the contrary. I’m saying that you don’t ever expect professional, adult, offensive linemen to bully each other to the point that the national media can find out about it and HR has to get involved. I think that’s fair to say.
It was another one of those “why does my team have to be involved with something that hasn’t happened ever?” The answer is because it’s the Miami Dolphins. That’s the answer for most of this stuff, unfortunately.
Incognito got suspended, left the league for a bit, came back to the league, and actually was part of an anti-bullying group. Jonathan Martin was out of football a few years later but has been an advocate for mental health something that looks like he was ahead of the curve on based on how sports, in general, is viewing mental health.