Dolphins deny locker room violence

Updated: November 9, 2013, 8:33 PM ET
By James Walker | ESPN.com

DAVIE, Fla. -- The back and forth claims between the Miami Dolphins and offensive tackle Jonathan Martin continued Saturday.

Less than 48 hours after Martin's attorney, David Cornwell, released a scathing statement that included accusations of a "malicious physical attack" toward Martin, several Dolphins players denied such claims.

"Since I've been here, I haven't seen anything like that," Dolphins offensive tackle Tyson Clabo said of physical violence against Martin.

"I never really seen anything like that," defensive end Olivier Vernon added. "Most of the time, I thought it was joking. I don't know how he felt. Everybody was just having fun."

Other players such as tight end Michael Egnew and cornerback Nolan Carroll denied that the Dolphins have a violent locker room.

Martin left the team on Oct. 28 following a lunchroom incident and has not returned to the Dolphins, who suspended fellow offensive lineman Richie Incognito indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team.

Cornwell's statement, which was released Thursday, read, "The issue is Jonathan's treatment by his teammates. Jonathan endured harassment that went far beyond the traditional locker room hazing."

There seems to be a large gray area between the locker-room environment described by Martin's representatives and the one portrayed by Miami's current players.

"I haven't heard anything about that stuff," Carroll said. "For me, I was never close to Jonathan Martin to really talk to him.

"So I couldn't tell you what he was going through or what type of allegations there was."

The NFL is holding a full investigation to get to the bottom of the issue.

The Dolphins (4-4) will look to put aside their distractions when they travel to face the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-8) on "Monday Night Football."

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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