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NFLPA chief considers Martin case a major priority

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Teammates might be denying that anything untoward prompted Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin to leave the team.

But NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith wants to find out more, and will be visiting the Dolphins soon to see what’s going on, considering it a “major priority.”

According to Alex Marvez of FOX Sports, Smith was scheduled to be there today, but changed plans after Dolphins coach Joe Philbin gave players the day off following last night’s win.

The union wants to gather facts, and has touched base with the team and people close to Martin to try to find out more.

The Dolphins declined to comment when asked whether they were aware of reports of bullying and taunting. Philbin likewise steered clear when asked post-game.

“I’d like to say in regard to Jonathan that any player with an injury or illness, our primary concern is for the health of the individual,” Philbin said. “With respect to Jonathan, he’s been excused with a non-football illness. Our concern and support are with him. Really, that’s all I’m going to say on the matter.”

That’s fine, but the NFLPA has more questions, and rightfully so.

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7 Responses to “NFLPA chief considers Martin case a major priority”
  1. FinFan68 says: Nov 1, 2013 11:59 AM

    The NFLPA will throw a fit if the Dolphins “didn’t do enough” to stop/prevent the ridiculous behavior. That is fine because the team/coaches should have stopped it if they knew about it getting out of hand. BUT, the NFLPA also needs to condemn the behavior they are appalled at because it was done by their own membership. Their argument (as it usually is) will basically be “How dare you let me behave that way”

  2. krenshaws says: Nov 1, 2013 12:02 PM

    This kind of harassment has no place in any workplace I hope they drop the hammer on the offenders. These men are supposed to be role models.

  3. lpcustom73 says: Nov 1, 2013 12:07 PM

    Lookin forward to it!

  4. saxguru says: Nov 1, 2013 12:40 PM

    This just sounds like a perfect storm of events. Maybe he had some other stuff going on, the other guys smelled blood in the water, and went to the trough one too many times and the guy had enough.

    I wish him well.

  5. onbucky96 says: Nov 1, 2013 1:14 PM

    The beginning of the end for Philben and Sherman. What a shock, since Sherman couldn’t handle players in Green Bay. Hope Martin gets the help he needs. Hope the NFLPA and NFL jointly pound Miami for allowing this “alleged” hazing to occur.

  6. gotdressedinabooth says: Nov 1, 2013 1:17 PM

    So is it considered hazing with all the pro-offense rule changes that make defenders completely change they way they play (ie less aggressive- see “flag football”). I mean technically that’s picking on the defense and it is getting out of control……

  7. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 1, 2013 1:49 PM

    The NFL and NFLPA’s definition of major priority is denying the problem, creating fake scientific studies, and attacking valid scientific studies.

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