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NFLPA lines up lawyer Richard Smith to represent any Dolphins who need it

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As NFL investigator Ted Wells prepares to visit South Florida to interview Dolphins players who may have knowledge about the accusations of tackle Jonathan Martin, the NFL Players Association has taken extra steps to protect them.

Per a league source, the NFLPA has retained attorney Richard Smith to represent the interests of any players who ultimately face accusations of wrongdoing as a result of the investigation.

Smith had been retained by the union last year to represent any players accused of wrongdoing in connection with the Saints bounty scandal.  Via a series of successful legal maneuverings, all player discipline ultimately was scrapped by former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue.

The source says that suspended guard Richie Incognito separately has retained attorney Mark Schamel.  Most recently, Schamel represented Broncos linebacker Von Miller in connection with his effort to negotiate a six-game suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.  Miller reportedly conspired with a sample collector to pass drug tests.

Multiple sources have confirmed that Wells will commence the process of interviewing Dolphins players in the coming week.  It’s presently unclear which other Dolphins have been accused of harassment; Martin presumably named names during his seven-hour Friday meeting with Wells.

The decision to hire Richard Smith arises from the NFLPA’s effort to balance the inherent conflict of interest that arises for any union when one member of the union accuses another member of the union of workplace misconduct.  Having Richard Smith involved allows NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith and general counsel Tom DePaso to avoid creating the impression of taking sides.

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30 Responses to “NFLPA lines up lawyer Richard Smith to represent any Dolphins who need it”
  1. i, flounder says: Nov 16, 2013 1:50 PM

    look at that urkel.

  2. annes22 says: Nov 16, 2013 1:51 PM

    Line up all the attorneys now, to deal with a wimp who left the team, and went to his parents.
    Can’t wait to hear what the results are, at the end of all the interviews. Hope it’s worth their time doing this.

  3. kwjsb says: Nov 16, 2013 1:53 PM

    Simple defense

    Sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me.

    Then charge Martins parents with not preparing their baby for life.

  4. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 16, 2013 1:56 PM

    Somewhere The Invisible Man is writhing from not being able to comment about this. At least we don’t have to watch it.

  5. thewizardofbs says: Nov 16, 2013 2:00 PM

    who is representing the team, the GM and the owner. They are the ones that will need a lawyer. I understand they are being investigated for fraud for representing the Dolphins as an NFL caliber team.

  6. bennyb82 says: Nov 16, 2013 2:09 PM

    When I was in elementary school we had “peace forms”when we wanted to resolve a situation head on in a non-violent way. It was a template that we filled in…”I feel bad when you….and I would like you to…”

    It has to be better than blowing this up nationally…

  7. fishyinalittledishy says: Nov 16, 2013 2:17 PM

    This truly is pathetic and sad. Why has it come to this – because Martin could not sort his own problems out by facing them head on. He is a grown man not a youngster somebody who manhandles men for a living. Sorry but he is not of the mindset be a pro player. He is a very articulate young man but I do not believe for one second he is of the stuff required. I believe if it was not for the fasts sums of money at stake here he would just said enough boys I am out it’s not for me. He has completely done over the Dolphins here. Miami have had to bring outside investigators in because now we can all see we’re this is going, and that was their only course because we all know what background Martin comes from and this is only a guess but I supposed his problems might have been discussed within his family pre the walkout.

  8. davetrembley says: Nov 16, 2013 2:18 PM

    Not only may several Dolphin players have to apologize to Jonathan Martin, but they may have to apologize to his teddy bear as well.

  9. hooterdawg says: Nov 16, 2013 2:18 PM

    Incognito hired Mark Schemel because he supported Von Miller’s attempt to cheat. Martin’s attorney David Cornwall supported Ryan Braun’s attempt to cheat. Is there any doubt what role the attorneys play in this saga.

  10. ambitoos says: Nov 16, 2013 2:27 PM

    This whole thing sucks. Just play football. Keep the lawyers out of it.

  11. bonniebengal says: Nov 16, 2013 2:41 PM

    kwjsb says: “Sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me.”

    This was one of the biggest lies we were taught as kids growing up in the 70s. Names hurt. Words hurt. Ask any victim of abuse.

  12. securb2013 says: Nov 16, 2013 2:51 PM

    Only the guilty lawyer up.

  13. mattson01 says: Nov 16, 2013 2:58 PM

    “Having Richard Smith involved allows NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith and general counsel Tom DePaso to avoid creating the impression of taking sides.”

    Not true, they are taking sides…..their own!! Whenever something nasty gets brought up under this group, they run and hide and point fingers…..pathetic leadership!

  14. drgreenstreak says: Nov 16, 2013 3:00 PM

    Pouncey already has a lawyer.

    The NFLPA obviously believes other Fins are involved and thinks the team should lawyer up.

    Pretty funny watching everyone rush to cover their asses.

  15. tremoluxman says: Nov 16, 2013 3:02 PM

    The guy reminds me of the comedy knock-off Jackie Childs, a Johnny Cochran parody.

  16. frank booth says: Nov 16, 2013 3:08 PM

    People have problems- Jonathan Martin is no different- he was willing to talk about what is going on and suffer the slings and arrows of idiocy, that he will carry through his life, the same crap that you see on this board- somehow, he made it through high school football, successfully balanced football with academics at Stanford, and made it to the NFL- yet I hear everyone talk about how he isn’t “tough” (whatever that is).

    So, how many of the critics of Martin’s “toughness” on this board were able to do those things. Anybody?

  17. dartwick says: Nov 16, 2013 3:12 PM

    Sticks and stones hurt a lot more than words.

    Maybe if more people faced sticks and stones(or any more realistic physical altercation with a bully) once or twice they would realize just how much easier it is to stand up to words.

  18. FinFan68 says: Nov 16, 2013 3:22 PM

    @fishyinalittledishy,
    That is a little more than a guess. He “snapped” on a running joke that he had done to Garner the week before. That isn’t quite normal. Looking at everything said about Martin, making a scene by throwing his lunch tray is totally out of character but it did draw attention to his leaving the building. He went straight to the car and then drove straight to a mental ward. That seems to me like a premeditated response. IMHO, he determined he wanted to leave (due to being demoted) and waited for the next joke to be played. Once everybody got up from the table, he set that plan into motion and everything that has been said since then has been said by lawyers. I would say that Martin is a system manipulator much more than he is a victim.

    Jonathan Martin’s entire professional existence has been based on conflict/confrontation with large men who say nasty things and actually mean him physical harm on the field, yet, we are supposed to believe that he was incapable of mentioning any problems at all with friends/teammates. I call BS. He can do that. We all can do that. He just chose to avoid any conflict that didn’t get him some money via threat of or through an actual lawsuit.

    I don’t know that it was planned a while ago, but I would bet a good bit of money that his walking out drama and all that ensued was planned before he did it that Monday.

  19. condor75 says: Nov 16, 2013 3:24 PM

    fishyinalittledishy says:
    Nov 16, 2013 2:17 PM
    This truly is pathetic and sad. Why has it come to this – because Martin could not sort his own problems out by facing them head on. He is a grown man not a youngster somebody who manhandles men for a living. Sorry but he is not of the mindset be a pro player. He is a very articulate young man but I do not believe for one second he is of the stuff required. I believe if it was not for the fasts sums of money at stake here he would just said enough boys I am out it’s not for me. He has completely done over the Dolphins here. Miami have had to bring outside investigators in because now we can all see we’re this is going, and that was their only course because we all know what background Martin comes from and this is only a guess but I supposed his problems might have been discussed within his family pre the walkout.
    Yep all his fault, he should never have called attention a bunch of idiots who don’t know any limits. Yes you are so right, a real man would have just settled it with a brawl. Sad is your commentary, not Martin’s response

  20. kwjsb says: Nov 16, 2013 3:33 PM

    @bonniebengal says:

    Names and words only hurt if you let them, apparently you were not prepared for life.
    Time to grow up and be a big girl.
    It was not the ’70’s think earlier.

  21. igotgamenj says: Nov 16, 2013 3:44 PM

    ”Martin broke the code,” ”There might be a team that gives him a chance because he’s a good person, but the players will reject him.”

  22. FinFan68 says: Nov 16, 2013 3:46 PM

    @frank booth,
    Much of the criticism towards Martin is based on his failure to mention any issues at all until he abandoned the team, hired a lawyer and made this a national media circus. Proponents of Martin have said he was unable to speak up due to fear. His personality just seems to be one that naturally avoids direct conflict and confrontation. Everything we have seen that has come directly from Martin himself has been along the lines that he was just having a hard time and he doesn’t blame anyone. The accusations have come from his agent/lawyers. If he didn’t want this saga do you think he would stand up to them and stop it? I don’t. In a previous post you mentioned that Martin’s behavior was consistent with other victims of bullying. I disagree. That may be true when they are placed in close proximity to the bully but Martin was carrying on text conversations with Incognito and other players AFTER he left the team. That is not at all consistent with someone who claims that those people have bullied him to the point of needing medical attention. IMHO, Martin couldn’t handle the personal failure of his job and the demotion that followed. I think he himself wanted to quit. All the team bashing and player bashing is probably not what he wants but he isn’t about to stand up to his parents/agent/lawyer while they are working on getting him a ton of money. He is a passive guy and he is acting passively. If you don’t believe what I am saying go look up the quotes of Martin’s recent texts and statements and you should see for yourself what I am saying.

  23. badmoonrison says: Nov 16, 2013 3:49 PM

    Thank you NFLPA and Counselor Smith for the offer, but the real victim already hired his own lawyer. I’d be wary of him, cause millions could hang in the balance. Ross’ millions that is…and yes, he sure does look like Urkel the nerd, doesnt he?

  24. kwjsb says: Nov 16, 2013 3:59 PM

    We asked Shane Falco, he replied
    “That’s why girls don’t play the game.”

  25. FinFan68 says: Nov 16, 2013 5:17 PM

    condor75 says:
    Nov 16, 2013 3:24 PM
    Yep all his fault, he should never have called attention a bunch of idiots who don’t know any limits. Yes you are so right, a real man would have just settled it with a brawl. Sad is your commentary, not Martin’s response
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Commentary like yours is what’s sad. You assumed the part about the brawl and then criticized the thought because it makes walking out on the team seem like a better response. No brawl was mentioned in that post. From the information released so far, Martin did not in any way attempt to say anything or rectify the situation at all. In fact, he himself did everything that his lawyers have complained about, yet he is somehow the victim.

    Rather than man-up and handle things himself (FYI, that means saying something about being bothered–to anyone, including teammates or staff) he chose to dramatize the situation, abandon his job/team/teammates, hire a lawyer and smear the organization that was paying him in excess of a couple million dollars. He made it a public event and a national witch-hunt without ever giving anyone in authority with the team any chance to fix any issues. Sorry, but that is manipulative and weak. Like it or not, based on the facts so far, Martin is more likely a scam artist (or a party to the scam) than he is a true victim. Maybe there are things not yet released that show he’s a victim but not so far.

  26. tictoccpthook says: Nov 16, 2013 5:34 PM

    It is strange to see people supporting the use of slurs and violence against family as OK. Martin, like Snowden, exposed a basic flaw in the way people who have no character abuse those around them.

  27. jdphx says: Nov 16, 2013 5:46 PM

    The same guy who “negotiated” Von Miller’s
    4 game suspension, into a 6 game suspension?

  28. FinFan68 says: Nov 16, 2013 6:44 PM

    tictoccpthook says:
    Nov 16, 2013 5:34 PM
    It is strange to see people supporting the use of slurs and violence against family as OK. Martin, like Snowden, exposed a basic flaw in the way people who have no character abuse those around them.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Martin did that as well. If you support Martin on what’s come out so far then you are essentially doing the exact same thing.

  29. mickton says: Nov 16, 2013 6:51 PM

    Oh crap I didn’t know Eddie Murphy had a twin.

  30. joenash72 says: Nov 16, 2013 7:59 PM

    He looks like Stringer Bell from The Wire.

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