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High-school coach: Bullies pick on people like Jonathan Martin

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By Sid Saraf, We've heard a lot of Dolphins guard Richie Incognito, who was suspended indefinitely for his alleged role in bullying offensive tackle Jonathan Martin. What we don't know is how Martin became the target of such bullying. Martin's high school football coach isn't surprised at all, as he was interviewed by the Palm Beach Post. “Before he wasn’t around Nebraska, LSU kind of guys,” Vic Eumont, who coached Martin at Harvard-Westlake (Calif.) said. “He’s always been around Stanford, Duke, Rice kind of players. … In locker rooms full of Nebraska, LSU, Southern Cal players, Miami players, they’ll look at (his quiet personality) as a weakness.” Incognito, of course, attended Nebraska during his college days, while Martin went to Stanford. Eumont went on to describe the type of person Martin was during high school. “He always wanted to make everybody happy and make friends and not be a problem,” Eumont said. “All of his teachers loved him. All of his teammates loved him. His nickname was Moose and he was happy to have that. He was always ‘yes or no sir,’ do whatever you ask him to do. I can see where somebody that’s a bully will take advantage of him, and rather than him say anything would just hold it inside. “I can see where if somebody was bullying him he would take that to heart, and be concerned and think it was his fault.” Eumont also implied that Martin was probably too embarrassed to go the Dolphins coaches or any of his teammates about his concerns. "Bullies usually go after people like him,” Eumont said. "With his background, he’s a perfect target." (H/T to Larry Brown Sports for the story) Questions? Comments? Send them to and we might respond in our weekly mailbag!

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