The Miami Dolphins are going to wait to see what the NFL says about Incognito's innocence.
The Dolphins have suspended Incognito while the NFL investigates the situation, NFL.com's Jeff Darlington reported after speaking to Incognito. The team announced the suspension shortly after that.
The story has continued to escalate since it was reported that Martin went AWOL from the team this week after becoming upset over an incident in which some teammates moved when he tried to sit with them at lunch.
Martin, a starting tackle for the Dolphins, didn't play on Thursday. There have been conflicting reports since then.
Fox Sports said that Martin left the team after a pattern of bullying against him. The Sun-Sentinel said Martin left because of emotional issues, not bullying. But ESPN had a detailed report that Incognito had intimidated Martin. ESPN said, among other things, Incognito pressured Martin into contributing $15,000 toward a trip by the linemen to Las Vegas, a trip Martin didn't go on. The report said Martin feared retribution from Incognito and that's why he didn't immediately file a formal complaint. Mike Garafolo reported for Fox Sports that Incognito left messages for Martin that were "threatening and racially charged." Martin's representatives did eventually inform the team of "player misconduct" on Sunday.
Ladies and gentlemen, when we have come to the stage that a professional football player, 6'5" and over 300 pounds, feels that he's a "victim" of Really Mean Nastiness, to the point that he gets "his representatives" (you have to love that one) to file a "bullying" complaint, then whinerism has gone where no whiner has gone before.
P.S. Suggestion to Mr. Martin: Next time you're in the locker room with Mr. Incognito, stick him up against the wall and tell him that if he wants to mess with you, he can start here and now and may the best man win. No matter who comes out on top in the ensuing fight, your problems will be well on the way to being over. When a jerk sees that you're willing and ready to take him on, he tends to become less of a jerk.