Friday, November 1, 2013
NFLPA involvement not good for Dolphins
By James Walker
The Miami Dolphins no longer have the freedom of handling the Jonathan Martin saga in-house. Containing the details of this situation will become more difficult now that the NFL Players Association and its lawyers are involved.
ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen reported Friday that the NFLPA is reviewing Miami guard Richie Incognito's role in the reported harassment of Martin. The report shows that the Martin incident, which has become national news, is catching the attention of NFL heavyweights and won't be swept under the rug. It wouldn't be surprising if the league office also wants answers in the coming days and weeks.
The more outside parties that get involved, the worse it could be for Miami. The Dolphins are a tight-lipped organization that prefers to keep everything behind closed doors. But the NFLPA is demanding details and wants to get to the bottom of everything that happened Monday during the reported lunchroom incident that prompted Martin to leave the team.
If the Dolphins had their druthers, they would move on from this as quickly as possible. Miami (4-4) has eight games remaining and would like to keep the focus on football. However, the Martin saga has many layers and is not going away anytime soon.