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NFLPA wants “fair investigation” of Dolphins situation

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With the NFL investigating the conduct of Dolphins guard Richie Incognito (and possibly others) against Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin, the NFLPA has issued a statement outlining its expectations.

“We expect that the NFL and its clubs create a safe and professional workplace for all players and that owners, executives, coaches and players should set the best standards and examples,” the union said in a statement issued on Tuesday morning.  “It is the duty of this union to hold the clubs and teams accountable for safety and professionalism in the workplace.

“As the representative organization of all players, the NFLPA will insist on a fair investigation for all involved. We will continue to remain in contact with the impacted players, their representatives and player leadership.”

The NFL won’t say anything about the investigation, other than that it will be conducted by Adolpho Birch, NFL senior V.P. of labor law and policy.

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  1. newjerseygiants says: Nov 5, 2013 10:18 AM

    I can almost guarantee this ordeal involves many others aside from Incognito. Martin isn’t exactly a 90 pound weakling and I’m sure he could have put on his big boy pants and confronted a single person calling him names among other things.

  2. joetoronto says: Nov 5, 2013 10:20 AM

    This is a great example of tree huggers run amok.

    Holy smokes, SMH.

  3. bat42boy says: Nov 5, 2013 10:21 AM

    The players, so-called, union should side with the club and NFL in this situation. There is no place in a work environment for a low life individual like this. He should be banded from the NFL for life!!

  4. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 5, 2013 10:23 AM

    REMIND ME: How is the NFL’s investigation into the illegal dissemination of Josh Freeman’s private medical records going?!?

  5. hehateme2 says: Nov 5, 2013 10:28 AM

    What about some news on the Dolphins big win over the Bengals last Thursday? Snapped their 4 game winning streak and beat them for 2 years in a row…Overtime win with Tannehill driving them to a tie with 1:00 on the clock and no timeouts left?

    Shouldn’t the focus be on football? ><

  6. rburmaster says: Nov 5, 2013 10:29 AM

    Quick question for the PA; which player are they advocating for? At some point, don’t they need to come out against Incognito?

  7. jaybirds95 says: Nov 5, 2013 10:29 AM

    “It is the duty of this union to hold the clubs and teams accountable for safety and professionalism in the workplace.”
    It’s the duty of the NFLPA Union to also hold its union members accountable for safety and professionalism in the workplace. They are supposed to be adults, but you wouldn’t know it the way they act

  8. patsbrat says: Nov 5, 2013 10:30 AM

    Can anyone come up with a good ‘-gate’ name for this situation?

  9. silverhornet says: Nov 5, 2013 10:32 AM

    “We will continue to remain in contact with the impacted players, their representatives and player leadership.”

    Notice the plural form of the word player? NFLPA not only has to look out for Martin but the alleged anti christ himself, one Richie Incognito.

  10. bobert0219 says: Nov 5, 2013 10:39 AM

    You’re kidding right? Racial slurs and threatening to kill one’s family all at the direction of a coaching staff to “toughen Martin up”. That is a ridiculous stretch in an attempt to force an even more ridiculous theory/story…

  11. jonevans83 says: Nov 5, 2013 10:42 AM

    No, the only question that matters outside of a “bullying” angle is: Why did Martin wait until NOVEMBER to say something that bothered him THAT much? Why that particular day? when he was buddies with Incognito on video for months since? The more logically explanation is that The media/fan bashing over the O-line woes got to someone who already had emotional issues that are documented and have been under treatment. He then leaves the team and figures he needs a solid reasoning for doing so, which leads to a 6 month old voice mail as the ONLY accusation. So what exactly did Incognito do recently that caused this? Something caused it to happen that particular day… so what was it?

  12. qdog112 says: Nov 5, 2013 10:43 AM

    There is still a chance Goodell could destroy the evidence. He’s got a history.

  13. footballhistorian says: Nov 5, 2013 10:45 AM

    Boy – the guts the NFLPA can show sometimes…

  14. FinFan68 says: Nov 5, 2013 10:53 AM

    It does not matter much what type of environment was in place. There is no way racist threats would be condoned. That was the action of a single member of the Dolphins and the NFLPA. Incognito alone is responsible for that. Rules mean little if an individual chooses to ignore them. That is quite evident here. The racist threats must be considered separately from the “hazing” stuff. The “bullying” argument is just an angle to cram this situation into a larger national conversation about bullying/cyber-bullying of kids by other kids. It is not what happened on the Dolphins. This is a case of workplace harassment and racial actions in a workplace that is universally accepted as being atypical from standard office or job site occupational environments.

  15. mizzousooner says: Nov 5, 2013 11:02 AM

    I gotta agree with Bobert, I find it hard to believe the Dolphins told Meathead to threaten Martin’s family.

  16. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 5, 2013 11:10 AM

    jonevans83…. I guess you don’t remember the incident in the cafeteria that started this whole story.

  17. thereep says: Nov 5, 2013 11:29 AM

    Time for the Dolphins to hire Ace Ventura again.

  18. officialgame says: Nov 5, 2013 11:32 AM

    Speaking of “a safe workplace” what happened to the new PED testing policy that was supposed to be in place 6 months ago? Union stonewalling? Can’t imagine why?

  19. jonevans83 says: Nov 5, 2013 11:33 AM

    doctorrustbelt says:
    Nov 5, 2013 11:10 AM
    jonevans83…. I guess you don’t remember the incident in the cafeteria that started this whole story.
    ———–
    You mean the same prank that Jonathan Martin pulled on Nate Garner a week prior? Should do some research.

  20. AngryHumanoid says: Nov 5, 2013 11:41 AM

    For the life of me I cannot understand the people who keep saying “Oh it’s just some harmless ribbing, happens in locker rooms all the time.” DEATH THREATS go far beyond the normal (admittedly more aggressive) behavior in the locker room. When you have numerous coaches / players saying “The stuff we are hearing about Incognito is excessive” you should re-think your defense of his actions. He CLEARLY WENT BEYOND normal “toughening up”. This is obvious to most people, and it says a lot about the people who seem to think death threats = “toughening up”…

  21. deejayehn says: Nov 5, 2013 12:03 PM

    In the armed forces, you would be hearing this stuff day in day out…yawn.

  22. evilglazers666 says: Nov 5, 2013 12:11 PM

    How is the investigation of how the Glazers told Schiano to release Josh Freeman’s medical records going? Oh that’s right, it’s not, because the NFL which is partially owned by the Glazers themselves will not cooperate with the NFLPA. Shocking….

  23. assuredmutualdestruction says: Nov 5, 2013 12:30 PM

    bat42boy says:Nov 5, 2013 10:21 AM

    The players, so-called, union should side with the club and NFL in this situation. There is no place in a work environment for a low life individual like this. He should be banded from the NFL for life!!
    ————————————————
    And whoever you are…let’s take a look at all of YOUR text messages and voicemails. And if we find anything, can we ban YOU from whatever it is YOU do to earn a living?

  24. jimmyt says: Nov 5, 2013 12:31 PM

    Hey, I have to put up with having this “diversity training” crap (that I am the last person to need) rammed down my throat so H.R. has something to justify their existence so these NFL employee’s should too. No picking on the Big Weirdo’s.

  25. FinFan68 says: Nov 5, 2013 1:09 PM

    There are two elements to this.
    1) Incognito’s vile messages
    2) The teasing/pranks

    The first is indefensible and nobody should have to endure that crap from anyone regardless of the setting (work/home/public/etc). Incognito should be held accountable for those actions. The Dolphins should be held accountable ONLY IF Martin informed them of the specific nature of the interaction. “He’s picking on me” will not cut it and is much different than “He is leaving racist and threatening messages on my VM and sending similar text messages”.

    The teasing/pranks are not unique to Martin and go on in most NFL locker rooms at one point or another. That is the stuff the coaches would have/should have seen. The catalyst for Martin’s meltdown was the lunchroom incident which would be classified as #2 above. In fact, Martin and the rest of the O-linemen did the exact same thing to Nate Garner the week prior.

    Martin is the victim but he is not at all immune from blame. You cannot complain about something that you yourself take part in voluntarily. Reports say he went to Philbin in the spring. There is no way that he mentioned the VM/text messages. It is more likely that he complained about the pranks because he is no longer a rookie. There is not a single coach in the NFL that would look the other way when presented with the evidence Martin’s “camp” produced this past week.

    Bottom line: Incognito’s behavior is reprehensible and he should be held accountable. Martin is the victim of the racist/threatening messages. He also seems to be incapable of handling the pressures of an NFL lineman. If you do something one week and then flip out when the exact same thing is done to you the next week then there is a psychological problem with you. Do not forget that the vile messages happened over 6 months ago and he snapped over something as simple as people leaving the lunch table a week ago. Martin then abandoned the team without a word. Yes, Martin was victimized by Incognito but he also victimized the entire team two days before a crucial game where there was already less time to prepare. For that, it will be hard for him to be welcomed back (practically rather than officially).

    This entire episode is a huge and embarrassing national story for two reasons: Incognito is a mindless turd and Martin lacked the mental fortitude to properly handle the situation. (OK, 3: The media loves a juicy story)

    Martin told Philbin AFTER he left that nothing much was wrong/going on. His surrogates told the story and provided the messages a couple days later. All Martin really did was run away and hide. I like the kid but that does not mesh with the personality needed to be an effective NFL offensive lineman.

  26. pastabelly says: Nov 5, 2013 1:47 PM

    All the NFLPA cares about is making sure that both Martin and Incognito get paid. They are liars if they say anything else.

  27. toybkshr says: Nov 5, 2013 1:55 PM

    rburmaster says:
    Nov 5, 2013 10:29 AM
    Quick question for the PA; which player are they advocating for? At some point, don’t they need to come out against Incognito?—————————————————————————-
    You’re correct. But, if they wouldn’t come out against Aaron Hernandez, does anyone think they’ll come out against Incognito?

  28. onbucky96 says: Nov 5, 2013 2:13 PM

    And I would expect the Union to hold accountable all guilty parties in this case. Not.

  29. bradleybt says: Nov 5, 2013 2:38 PM

    I’m a pro union guy, my mother is in a union. But I understand that because a player pays his dues, the union must stick up for said player. And yeah, they probably deep down don’t want to in this case. But it is what it is. That’s why they were careful in their wording that they want BOTH men treated with respect. That’s the why…

    Now my opinion is that the NFLPA should eventually tell RI to go pound sand.

  30. BringBackTheFlex says: Nov 5, 2013 3:21 PM

    The NFLPA is not a union. They are glorified pimps. All they care about is the NOW money. It took external lawsuits to bring the NFL to look into and compensate players for injuries. The NFLPA STILL hasn’t approved aggressive drug testing, even when it is clear that it leads to more injuries.

    Don’t confuse the NFLPA with a union. A pimp doesn’t care about the health of his girls. All he cares about is that they make as much money as possible.

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