An NFL Players Association statement that no “formal investigation” has been launched against Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito as it relates to harassment of teammate Jonathan Martinis directly related to the failure of Martin to file a formal complaint, sources told ESPN.
The Dolphins are trying to put out the fire behind the scenes. Coach Joe Philbin, who said he takes bullying quite seriously, was unsuccessful in an effort to persuade Martin’s father, Gus, to issue a joint statement that the team and the family will work together to resolve the issues, sources told ESPN.
The Dolphins did issue a statement Sunday morning, refuting the reports of bullying and claiming that there is open communication between the team and Martin.
“The Miami Dolphins, including Coach Joe Philbin and Jonathan’s teammates, have been in communication with Jonathan and his family since his departure from the club and continue to be in contact,”
the Dolphins said in the statement.
“Our primary concern for Jonathan is his overall health and well-being. As an organization, we take any accusations of player misconduct seriously. The notion of bullying is based on speculation and has not been presented to us as a concern from Jonathan or anyone else internally. The reports that the NFLPA is investigating our players are inaccurate. Additionally, the NFL offered its assistance during this time, which we appreciated and gladly accepted. We will continue to make Jonathan’s health and well-being a focus as we do with all of our players.”
Martin’s attorneys and the union are monitoring his roster status, and Martin wants assurance that if and when he does return, it will be a safe workplace environment.