Fiasco In Miami

I’m sure most who have paid any attention to the sports section of the news knows about what is going on in Miami.   There are allegations of bullying by a veteran towards a younger player.  I don’t live in the Miami area, I’m about five hours north on I-95 in lowly Jaguar Country, so I don’t know all the details on what is  happening inside and outside the Dolphins locker room.  

From the outside looking in, it looks bad.  Hazing has been a part of our society since long before I was born in the late 1960’s.  As the years have gone past, hazing has slowly been frown upon.  Joking around is one thing, but being mean and vicious with the hazing is another.  Far too many think the younger player, Jonathan Martin, needs to “man up” and take the abuse from Richie Incognito.  

I’m not sure what bothers me more.  That bullying in the work place is allowed or how many fans are reacting to this story.  From the stories I’ve read on this through out the week, it seems to be all over the place.  I’m sure some place in the middle is the actual truth. Truth is this…we as fans will never know what was actually said between them or the context on which it was said.  

Maybe the coaches did ask Incognito to “toughen up, Martin”.  Does that mean threatening texts and voice messages were necessary to toughen up a younger player?  My question is if the coaching staff felt the Martin needed to be “toughen up”, why did keep him on their roster and not just release him?  Or draft him in the first place?  Did the Dolphins do enough digging during the interview process at the 2012 combine to get a glimpse of the character of Martin?

One story has a Wide Receiver saying Martin laughed at the text.  Martin may very well have done that, but doesn’t mean he found it haha funny, but used laughter to mask how he really felt.  People do struggle fitting in to groups.  Even ones they should fit easily into.  Martin could be that type of person.  Someone who struggles with mental issues.  A person is unsure if they fit well with others and may not say anything is bothering them, but they struggle every day with trying to fit in.

Do I know for certain this is happening in the Dolphins locker room?  No, of course not.  I don’t know either player nor have I even been to a football game in Miami.

From the outside looking in, it looks bad and it looks like its Penn State all over again.  People knew bad things were going on, but no one bothered to step up and stop it until it becomes too big and blows up in everyone’s face.

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