Jonathan Martin: Dolphins Locker Room Made Me Feel 'Trapped'

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Wednesday, 29 Jan 2014 03:01 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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In his first public comments since leaving the Miami Dolphins because he was allegedly bullied, offensive lineman Jonathan Martin said that he felt "trapped" before resigning on Oct. 28.

Martin's departure and the suspension of fellow Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito created a firestorm in the NFL about bullying and the league's locker room culture.

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"I'm a man. I'm a grown man," Martin told NBC News. "I've been in locker rooms. There's vulgar language in locker rooms. One instance doesn't bother me. It's the persistence of it. I wish I would have had more tools to solve my situation ... but I didn't. 

"I felt trapped like I didn't have a way to make it right. And it came down to the point where, you know, I thought it was best just to remove myself from the situation," Martin continued.

Martin, who was a starter on the Dolphins offensive line, shocked the team and the league when he left because he was allegedly harassed by teammates, especially Incognito.

Attorney Ted Wells, who began investigating in incident for the NFL in November, will release his report after the Super Bowl, according to The Associated Press.

Miami Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross told NBC News that he was happy with the way his team handled the situation with Martin and has spoken to Wells about the report.

"I have an idea what will be in (the report)," Ross said a news conference. "I haven't seen the report. I don't know exactly what his conclusion is. When it comes out, we'll do what has to be done. In my mind, I know what direction we're going. ... The respect that we gained by how we handled the situation that took place here says a lot about this organization and the people that are running it."

David Cornwell, Martin's attorney, said that the lineman "endured harassment that went far beyond the traditional locker room hazing."

Incognito said shortly after his suspension that while he was "embarrassed" by emails he sent Martin, it did not rise to the level of harassment.

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