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.