By Sports Instigator, Rich Winter
Well the Jonathon Martin bullying / hazing events certainly took center stage yesterday in all the pre-game and during the game talk.
Late last night, as reported by NFL insider Jason LaCanfora that the "ring leader" of the treatment that drove Martin away is Richie Incognito and that Incognito has been suspended.
"The Miami Dolphins have suspended Richie Incognito for conduct detrimental to the team," Miami said in a statement. "We believe in maintaining a culture of respect for one another and as a result we believe this decision is in the best interest of the organization at this time. As we noted earlier, we reached out to the NFL to conduct an objective and thorough review. We will continue to work with the league on this matter."
Interesting banter led by Mike Ditka yesterday. Ditka said in his day, when there was a bully, the person that was getting bullied challenged the bully, with his fists, and that was the end of the bullying.
Well, ya can't do that in this day and age of political correctness, so I guess the Dolphins had to go the suspension route.
Seems like there is a little more to the story than we've been made privy to.
At one point yesterday, I heard someone say that Martin was under psychiatric care. Really? I guess I should have listened to good buddy, Pat Johner, who told me there was more to this story that was actually being reported. I still have a hard time fathoming that a 320 pound lineman is under psychiatric care because of bullying from the team.
One of the areas that was discussed yesterday was that Incognito had allegedly 'forced' Martin into coughing up 15-grand for a trip to Vegas that was being planned by some of the Dolphins. Martin didn't want to go and didn't end up going, but he still gave Incognito the 15-grand because he was afraid of the consequences if he didn't.
What exactly were those consequences?
Apparently there are text message and phone messages from Incognito to Martin that are none too flattering. Perhaps those will surface in the next few days.
I wonder what Incognito's future is in this league? He had a brush with the law in the off-season for allegedly punching someone in the face.
I worry about Martin. If he couldn't handle what was going on from his teammates, how is he going to be able to handle what the other team is saying to him now that he's outed himself as being someone who is susceptible to this kind of thing.
Was it bullying when Steve Smith was taunted by a Rams cornerback the other day who was saying stuff about Smith's wife?
I think the Dolphins made the politically correct choice here to suspend Incognito. Richie himself was all over twitter yesterday telling Adam Shefter and other's to stop slandering his name and hiding behind sources that were refused to be named.
If one good thing comes out of this, maybe its that sometimes it takes a national state to wake people up and get their attention that bullying is a real thing. The whole Miami incidents will likely help the American public see more clearly the differences between bullying and hazing.
* When Adrian Peterson's son was killed a few weeks back, my thought was, I hope that at least people wake up and start talking about child abuse.
* My thoughts when Jerry Sandusky was arrested and charges were that, I hope people start talking about child abuse and sexual molestation and how important it is for parents to be aware of what kind of people their children's coaches are rather than just dropping them off and picking them up.
There will be more to the story, so stay tuned...and as always, feel free to offer comments on what is a ground-breaking case of talking about bullying.