Twitter bullies go after the wrong Jonathan Martin

AP

Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin hasn’t been on Twitter since he left the team amid allegations that Richie Incognito and other players had bullied him. But New York Times writer Jonathan Martin has been on Twitter, and he’s getting an eyeful from people who are confusing him with his NFL player namesake.

Much as Ravens radio announcer Gerry Sandusky has been besieged on Twitter by people confusing him with former Penn State assistant coach and convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky, the journalist Jonathan Martin is hearing from football fans across the country who don’t realize that he’s not the Jonathan Martin at the center of the Dolphins bullying case.

In a New York Times article about the situation, Martin writes that he first found it funny but has come to be appalled by how many obscene, angry, threatening messages people have fired off.

“As the story has intensified and misplaced 140-character assaults have piled up, though, the misunderstanding has lost some of its charm,” Martin writes. “I feel bad for my fellow Jonathan Martin — lord knows what his Twitter feed looks like — but the whole affair has also been a reminder about how ugly discourse can be on the Internet. During campaign season, nasty, even abusive, emails and Twitter messages are standard fare for political reporters. Partisans (or, in this case, fans) say things online they would never contemplate saying to the face of a stranger, let alone one the size of the brawny Jonathan Martin. As one person said in a message to me this week, it is ‘keyboard courage.'”

That kind of keyboard courage is no kind of courage at all. People who harass others while hiding behind the anonymity afforded by the Internet are cowards. And people who can’t even figure out how to harass the right person are stupid in addition to being cowardly.

19 responses to “Twitter bullies go after the wrong Jonathan Martin

  1. I wonder if the pro-hazing crowd will reprimand these idiots for hurting their cause? Probably not…because they’re one and the same.

  2. “That kind of keyboard courage is no kind of courage at all. People who harass others while hiding behind the anonymity afforded by the Internet are cowards”

    Logicalvoicessays, are your ears burning?

  3. It was rather humorous to read the messages of fellow PFT posters with rather conservative views who were bashing Martin and are complaining about the PC world or “wussification” of America. Dagnamit, they want their GOD given right as Americans to bully and harrass they they dang well please! Yee haw! etc.

    The irony of this Twitter bullying story is completely lost on these people.

  4. Pathetic Xs 3

    X 1 – They hide behind the Internet in cowardly ways
    X- 2 They are Idiots as they either can’t spell or don’t have the scruples to make sure its the right person’s feed
    X -3 They are Bullys, lack social confidence having to assault others in order to give themselves self esteem, worth & meaning.

  5. Absolutely disgraceful. The fact that these idiots would attempt to go after someone they don’t know who is suffering the after effects of bullying shows you how low people some people can sink. What is their deal? Are they angry about the economy, the lack of jobs, Global Warming? There are many people out there beyond help right now.

  6. We as a society need to find a way to hold people accountable for what they say online…death threats and threats on families and such are no joke and those who send them need to be forced to stand face to face with the people they send them to and deal with the consequences

    People think they can get way with it because they’re hiding behind a screen…we should take that screen away and find out how tough they really are

  7. I’m sure that most of those sending disrespectful tweets to OT-Jonathan Martin would be too chicken to say it face to face and in person.

    Sissies.

  8. But being a new york times writer, he does not hide behind what he writes in his articles? It’s not threats, but they don’t always have the right facts when they print something? As long as it is a story, they will write it.

  9. But being a new york times writer, he does not hide behind what he writes in his articles? It’s not threats, but they don’t always have the right facts when they print something? As long as it is a story, they will write it.

  10. The irony of people leaving an anonymous comment ripping people for leaving anonymous comments ripping someone on the internet is delicious.

  11. You do realize that most of those people who are sending him tweets also post in these comment sections when you write about JM.

  12. “That kind of keyboard courage is no kind of courage at all. People who harass others while hiding behind the anonymity afforded by the Internet are cowards. And people who can’t even figure out how to harass the right person are stupid in addition to being cowardly.”
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    Remember when writers on this website were actively trying to assassinate Aaron Rodger’s character in January 2011?

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