By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: November 7th, 2013 at 12:34 am EST
Miami Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin has said that he would like to return to football. However, the Associated Press is reporting early this morning, that before Martin decided to leave the team, he considered quitting the team.
This is the latest in the saga between Martin and Richie Incognito, along with the Dolphins. Two individuals, who spoke on the situation Wednesday, told AP Sports Writer Steven Wine about Martin wanting to quit the team.
This news comes after another young player decided to quit football on Wednesday. Jason Moffit, a Denver Broncos offensive lineman, decided to forfeit millions in hopes to save his body down the road.
But Martin’s decide to quit would have been because he was mistreated by other offensive lineman. Martin, who was recently hospitalized for emotional issues, now wants to return, as long as Incognito is no longer apart of the team.
Even recently with this saga going on, Dolphins teammates have supported Incognito, while they have said little about Martin, who is a second-year player.
“I don’t know why he’s doing this,” offensive tackle Tyson Clabo said. “And the only person who knows why, his name is Jonathan Martin.”
But Martin has not said anything since leaving the team. And he recently let texts and voice mails speak for him when they were released by the NFL and the Dolphins, which made people to think Incognito was a racist.
Incognito has had a long reputation, dating back to the Nebraska Cornhuskers. He is also known as one of the NFL’s dirtiest players.
“Does he like to give guys a hard time? Yes. Does he like to pester guys and have fun? Yes,” said Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill. “But he brought a lot of laughter to this locker room, he brought a lot of cohesiveness to this locker room and he was the best teammate that I could ask for.”
While Incognito and other offensive lineman have played pranks on each other for years, Martin could not take the latest prank. It is not clear what the prank was, but Tannehill has said that the same prank has been used on other players.
“We have a system of basically it’s just a big joke, basically,” he said. It helps camaraderie. It keeps things light in the room. Everyone participates. No one is exempt and so I don’t see how … we would all be guilty of bullying.”