Jonathan Martin's interview transcript

January, 29, 2014
Jan 29
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Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Jonathan Martin sat down with Tony Dungy of NBC Sports this week to detail the bullying scandal involving teammate Richie Incognito.

An extended interview aired on the “Today” show this morning, and ESPN.com’s Dolphins page transcribed Martin’s comments.

(On his issues with the Dolphins)

Jonathan Martin: “It was comments of a racial nature, aggressive, sexual comments related to my sister and my mother. I spoke to my teammates, former teammates in other locker rooms across the NFL and asked, ‘Does this stuff go on? Is this normal rookie hazing?’ The consensus was this is not normal.”

(How many teammates were involved?)

Martin: “It was more than one. I think it was the culture. I don’t think there’s a place to disrespect people in a professional sport. Offensive linemen are like a brotherhood.”

(On whether Martin was singled out)

Martin: “Other people got it, too. I can’t say why I got it more. Like I said, I have no problem with the normal hazing you see in the NFL, get a haircut, stuff like that, little pranks. But of a personal attacking nature, I don’t think there’s any place for that.”

(On whether he talked to the Dolphins first)

Martin: “I did mention to members of the organization that I was struggling. I had some conversations with my coaches immediately above me. I didn’t get into specifics. You’re not supposed to ‘snitch’ on your teammates. I didn’t see it as my place to go above the heads of leaders of offensive linemen to talk to coaches about my teammates.”

(On why he left)

Martin: “It was [the] second [year] my past my rookie season, and it got to the point where things weren’t changing. I had to remove myself from the situation for my own health.”

(Did he talk to head coach Joe Philbin?)

Martin: “I did not. I worked hard to be friends with Richie Incognito and others. I think it’s important to build these friendships with teammates. So I turned it back on myself. What did I do wrong to be treated like this?”

(On being friends with Richie Incognito)

Martin: “It is. Like I said, I was trying with all my being to do whatever I could to be a member of this culture and of inside this locker room.”

(On talking with Dolphins since leaving)

Martin: “No.”

(On returning to the NFL)

Martin: “I understand opportunities in the NFL are fleeting. I’m hopeful that I get another opportunity and I can make the most of it, because this is what I love to do. I don’t know what I would do if I wasn’t playing football.”

(On being ready)

Martin: “I don’t think it’s any question that I’m ready.”

(How are you sure?)

Martin: “Well, coach, I’ll look you in your eye and I’m telling you I’m ready to play. I’d be ready to play on Sunday if my team was in the Super Bowl.”

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ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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