NFL Nation: Richie Igcongito

Harbaugh supports Jonathan Martin

November, 6, 2013
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Jim Harbaugh said he does have a policy on hazing and bullying in the NFL.

However, he doesn’t think the time is right to express it because of what is going on in Miami between offensive lineman Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito.

“Yeah, I could and I’d be glad to at a different time,” Harbaugh said. “I don’t think that this is the forum for that discussion. But you bring that up to me at some point where it’s not related to this story, like I said, anything else is hearsay on my part.”

However, Harbaugh’s attention is on the case in Miami. He was the college coach of Martin at Stanford. Martin has accused Incognito of harassing him and has left the team. The Dolphins suspended Incognito.

“As far as that situation, there’s only one thing I can intelligently comment on and that’s knowing Jonathan Martin,” Harbaugh said. “I know him to be a fine person and his family. [Martin was a] great contributor as a student and an athlete at Stanford, epitomizes the student-athlete model and a personal friend. I support Jonathan.”

Harbaugh declined to comment on whether he’s reached out to Martin.

“I don’t have any comment on that, or anything else because I wasn’t there,” Harbaugh said. “Not in the locker room there, didn’t see anything, didn’t hear anything, and didn’t talk to anybody that did. So, anything I would have to say in any regard would be hearsay.”

Several 49ers have said there are no such issues in their locker room. It starts with the coaching staff.

“Here, it starts with Coach Harbaugh,” 49ers safety Donte Whitner said. “He doesn’t want anything of that stuff happening. And then it goes to the veterans guys to make sure we [don’t] have any trouble. But we don’t do any of that stuff here, anyway.”

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