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Agent denies telling ESPN reporter that Martin has issues with other Dolphins

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As the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin situation continues to unfold, agents connected to each player will continue to hear from reporters who are chasing the next wave of news.  And it won’t be the usual army of NFL reporters; the agents will be hearing from folks who otherwise don’t work the NFL beat.

On Thursday, ESPN’s Mark Schwarz — a non-NFL beat guy — contacted agent Rick Smith to discuss Jonathan Martin.  Schwarz then reported that Smith said Martin had issues with multiple players on the team.

After Schwarz’s report appeared on ESPN, Smith denied providing that information to Schwarz on Twitter:  “I have no independent knowledge of anything Mark Schwartz from ESPN attributed to myself.  I’ve never heard of [Schwarz] until today.”

Smith also made it clear that he plans to stop returning phone calls from members of the media he doesn’t already know.

As we understood the situation as of Sunday, Martin’s issues relate specifically to Incognito and generally to the culture of the team’s locker room.  That culture was on display Wednesday, with players unanimously supporting Incognito and openly questioning aspects of Martin’s claims, including for example the contents of the voice message from Incognito that contained a racial epithet.

On Wednesday, receiver Brian Hartline reportedly said that the players had been “ordered” not to comment on Monday, but that they decided to “defend themselves.”  Hartline did an about face on Thursday, telling Jeff Darlington of NFL.com that coach Joe Philbin told the players to indeed defend themselves.

Regardless of whether the players did or didn’t defy orders from their coach, Wednesday’s comments indicate that Incognito is welcome in the team’s locker room, and that Martin may not be.  And that lays the foundation for a possible claim that Martin can’t return to the team because he legitimately fears retaliation from players who view him as the reason for Incognito’s suspension and (per reports from earlier in the week) eventual termination.

“I think if you have a problem with somebody — a legitimate problem with somebody — you should say, ‘I have a problem with this,’ and stand up and be a man,” tackle Tyson Clabo said Wednesday.  “I don’t think what happened is necessary.  I don’t know why he’s doing this, and the only person who knows why is Jonathan Martin.”

While some players may not realize it, those words suggest that the red carpet remains in place for Incognito, and that Martin won’t be welcome unless he returns with his tail tucked between his legs and a clear explanation of why he did what he believed was the only thing he could do.

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32 Responses to “Agent denies telling ESPN reporter that Martin has issues with other Dolphins”
  1. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Nov 7, 2013 8:01 PM

    a stanford grad who isn’t at least generally informed on the methodology of addressing workplace grievances and who would then claim that his only avenue of redress was calling the press stretches credulity..

  2. pfromvv says: Nov 7, 2013 8:03 PM

    I think this whole situation could have possibly been squashed by now if the media didn’t keep heating up the story. When I was younger my friends and I were always ragging on each other. Every once in a while someone might get mad and lose their temper. Blow up or sometimes just walk out pissed. It was easy for us to squash it because we didn’t have a bunch of people up in our face questioning the who, what and where’s. I can’t blame this all on the media, but whether they mean to or not it seems they are always instigating situations.

  3. xpensivewinos says: Nov 7, 2013 8:04 PM

    When the dust settles, I just want Ireland and Philbin fired.

    Whatever it takes…..

  4. edithpiaf51 says: Nov 7, 2013 8:05 PM

    This whole thing is starting to sound like high school. This whole incident is unprofessionnal. These are grown men and they should act like adults and stop acting like babies.

  5. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Nov 7, 2013 8:06 PM

    Would there be an NFL if it were full of Jon Martin’s ?

  6. bullpuppy552 says: Nov 7, 2013 8:06 PM

    Incognito is a free agent after this season so his days in Miami are over. Martin’s days in Miami are done also as he will NOT be welcomed back into the locker room. I doubt any other NFL team would touch him with a 50 foot pole.

  7. annes22 says: Nov 7, 2013 8:08 PM

    The media has really done a horrible job, of guessing most of this story. I admire the ones, who will not comment because they don’t know the truth. As for the righteous ones on Monday night football and Thursday night, they need to keep quiet, because they have no clue what happened either. They are just grasping at straws.
    Something started all this, and only 3 parties know. Until the full story comes out, stop guessing everyone.

  8. farvite says: Nov 7, 2013 8:08 PM

    Martin is a soon to be former Dolphin. So who really gives a crap?!!

  9. jonevans83 says: Nov 7, 2013 8:09 PM

    if you aren’t with Martin, you are against him. Basically there is no way to win with his spin. What happens when Incog’s camp and the rest of the teams knocks the dust off a year+ of video/audio/pictures of Martin pulling the same crap on the rest of the team?

  10. gottaplan says: Nov 7, 2013 8:11 PM

    Is it possible..and I am just spitballin’ here , but is it in the realm of possibility that all the guys in that locker room are right and the guy who bailed has the issue that needs to be dealt with? When everyone else seems to be on one page and one guy is on a different page.. sometimes the one guy is the issue. Everyone (media) seems to just take a 7 month old VM (that we now know was spoken in gest) as proof that Martins claims are legit, even hough evidence exists that he was not ver bothered with them….until he bailed.

  11. letojgo says: Nov 7, 2013 8:11 PM

    “While some players may not realize it, those words suggest that the red carpet remains in place for Incognito, and that Martin won’t be welcome unless he returns with his tail tucked between his legs and a clear explanation of why he did what he believed was the only thing he could do.”

    as it should be!

  12. 6ball says: Nov 7, 2013 8:12 PM

    .

    I still have heard nothing from CNBC, Lifetime, AMC, the Weather Channel , BET, BBC, or the Nashville Network.

    I am certain that they have a brand new chain of events.

    .

  13. dt58 says: Nov 7, 2013 8:13 PM

    Well, that didn’t take long for Martin to lawyer up…ya, this is about bullying and not about money and throwing a tantrum for being demoted

  14. beach305 says: Nov 7, 2013 8:20 PM

    Johnathan Martin = Manuel Wright

  15. onebucplace says: Nov 7, 2013 8:23 PM

    Come on already – the real spotlight needs to be on how much of a jerk Greg Schiano is and why he still has a job. Stop taking the attention away from where it belongs you Miami spotlight bullies.

  16. timegambit says: Nov 7, 2013 8:32 PM

    Between Manti Te’o falling asleep on the phone to another man’s breathing and Jonathan Martin running hysterically out of the locker room due to a prank…Yeah, I’d say we’re losing our edge here in America.

  17. captainphintastic says: Nov 7, 2013 8:37 PM

    letojgo says:
    Nov 7, 2013 8:11 PM
    “While some players may not realize it, those words suggest that the red carpet remains in place for Incognito, and that Martin won’t be welcome unless he returns with his tail tucked between his legs and a clear explanation of why he did what he believed was the only thing he could do.”

    as it should be!

    ——————————————–

    Amen! There’s no “I” in team. The members of the team KNOW who is valuable to the team, and which members don’t pull their weight. Sounds like Martin has been planning his exit for quite sometime now. Good riddance.

  18. ratbastardshanahandjob says: Nov 7, 2013 9:11 PM

    You think this story involving Martin is big. Just wait until he’s cut and gets signed by Washington. Spark’s will fly over the Rat on Rat crime when Mike Shanahan order’s his new player to bring him his cheese every day……

  19. craniator says: Nov 7, 2013 9:14 PM

    If nothing else , this whole saga has really shown how much anti Miami bias exists in the press , because if this were any other NFL team (other than maybe the Cowboys) , this would have died down by now.

  20. drgreenstreak says: Nov 7, 2013 9:26 PM

    Ohhhhh…. this is gonna be good! The “Be a man!” crowd, Jeff Idiot Ireland & Big Richie the Saint versus state & federal law, a Stanford grad, his Harvard lawyer parents with a top-notch attorney and ample evidence to succeed.

    Big Richie is gone folks. Forever. Clabo is done. Pouncey is gonna be done either from his Hernandez association (grand jury subpoena) or whatever acts he committed as Incognito’s punk and most certainly the front office and coaching staff will be on the street.
    Hartline will just get a slap upside the head. By Martin.

  21. drgreenstreak says: Nov 7, 2013 9:28 PM

    Does Tannehill have I.D. to prove he’s of legal age?

  22. darkhorse08817 says: Nov 7, 2013 10:10 PM

    When this started, I was all for Martin and against Incognito. The more comes out, though, the more my mind changes. Now I’m about 180 and think Martin is just a drama queen angry at getting demoted.

  23. blackhawks2010 says: Nov 7, 2013 10:13 PM

    The more information that keeps coming out, the more suspect Martin and his agent have become. This is unraveling fast and I would not be surprised to see Incognito cleared and playing before the season is over.

    This train wreck has many twists and turns, buckle your seat belts.

  24. abninf says: Nov 7, 2013 10:20 PM

    elmerbrownelmerbrown says:

    Would there be an NFL if it were full of Jon Martin’s ?

    ===================================

    It’s called girls soccer.

  25. pft0 says: Nov 7, 2013 11:04 PM

    ” … Martin’s issues relate specifically to Incognito and generally to the culture of the team’s locker room. …”

    Would Martin “make it” at any of the other 31 NFL teams?

    Maybe he was not cut to be at any NFL team locker room.

    Do you really think the locker room “culture” is much different from one team to another?

    As people have mentioned, when Hard Knocks was at the Jets camp the coaches wanted to “light up a fire” on a player, that makes them a “circus”.

    When hoodie pays extra money to some players (as the players have come out to tell) to “light up a fire” on other (presumably weaker) players, that makes him a “genius”.

    When the Dolphins do it, that makes it “bulling” and the franchise should be burned to the ground to set an example.

    Hypocrisy at its finest!

  26. thegrigga49 says: Nov 8, 2013 12:29 AM

    Be a damn man and speak for yourself, don’t hide behind a lawyer….that just tells me all I need to know about this ‘man’….grow up seriously.

  27. igotgamenj says: Nov 8, 2013 12:59 AM

    If Martin thinks things are bad with bullying now wait till he plays against other NFL teams ..

  28. blackbug99 says: Nov 8, 2013 4:28 AM

    Who would want to play with Martin now? These are big guys doing a hard job. Heaven forbid the other team use the N-word and make him cry. Will the refs call sensitivity penalties now? How about “Insensitive Taunting…15yards for saying his Mom wears army boots?”

    Even Martin supporters on the line won’t want him. They may agree w/his stance, but at the end of the day he couldn’t man up and defend himself.

  29. nydolphinfan13 says: Nov 8, 2013 8:17 AM

    Worst part about this – add Martin to the list of wasted 2nd round picks for Miami. They all end in disaster.

    Spygate = Super Bowl
    Bountygate = Super Bowl
    Bullygate = endless 7-9 seasons

    We can’t even make our scandals worth it.

  30. tictoccpthook says: Nov 8, 2013 9:20 AM

    Focus on the issue. Is Incognito’s voicemail to Martin acceptable. If O.K for ‘Pro’s’, is it acceptable for college, high school, or junior high? Not where I live. It’s decision time for those few NFL teams that use trash as motivation.

  31. scosee says: Nov 8, 2013 9:09 PM

    Yes, if by few you mean the other 31 teams. That kind of talk is commonplace among men when kids and women aren’t present. They talk trash with each other, screw with each other’s heads, mess with each others masculinity, sexuality, toughness, etc.

  32. portlandmainefan says: Nov 9, 2013 1:56 AM

    Isn’t Martin home under the bed with blankie?

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