We’ve been waiting for a statement from Jonathan Martin’s camp ever since the controversy exploded over his allegations of bullying. Well, his lawyer just spoke up.
In a statement released on Thursday, David Cornwell laid out the allegations of harassment.
“The issue is Jonathan’s treatment by his teammates. Jonathan endured harassment that went far beyond the traditional locker-room hazing. For the entire season-and-a-half that he was with the Dolphins, he attempted to befriend the same teammates who subjected him to the abuse with the hope that doing so would end the harassment. This is a textbook reaction of victims of bullying. Despite these efforts, the taunting continued. Beyond the well-publicized voice mail with its racial epithet, Jonathan endured a malicious physical attack on him by a teammate, and daily vulgar comments such as the quote at the bottom. These facts are not in dispute.
“Eventually, Jonathan made a difficult choice. Despite his love for football, Jonathan left the Dolphins. Jonathan looks forward to getting back to playing football. In the meantime, he will cooperate fully with the NFL investigation.”
The statement ended with a shocker: An obscene message allegedly texted to Martin by an unnamed teammate (WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE):
“We are going to run train on your sister. . . . She loves me. I am going to [expletive] her without a condom and [expletive] in her [expletive].”
And for those who question Martin’s toughness?
“Jonathan Martin’s toughness is not at issue,” Cornwell said. “Jonathan has started every game with the Miami Dolphins since he was drafted in 2012. At Stanford, he was the anchor for Jim Harbaugh’s ‘smash mouth’ brand of football and he protected Andrew Luck’s blind side.”
Well, now we have some details. Martin hasn’t been with the Dolphins since last week. If what his lawyer is saying is true, I can’t say that I blame him.