Repsoted from Facebook….
Now everyone knows I’m a Miami Dolphin fan and have been suspiciously quiet about the goings on the Dolphin locker room. I haven’t said a whole lot mostly because of shame and the fact that like most I still have lots of questions. The first is what happened to make Johnathan Martin walk away from a half a million dollar contract? Despite the criticism from the macho meatheads, this was no shrinking violet. He spent two years playing under Harbaugh’s smashmouth football at Stanford. He started every game last year and the first 7 this year. So whatever happened he must have felt no one on the team had his back.
Secondly, how bad is your team when Richie Ingonito is your top leader. Let’s look at the record. In college, he spat on other players, got ejected for fighting, had crucial unsportsmanlike penalties that cost his team games. He was suspended for fighting in practice. He was sent to anger management and given several second chances. Fighting off the field got him arrested. He was finally let go for fighting in the locker room (hmmm). He lasted a week at his second college. As a pro he was benched for dirty on field play then sent to the locker room for causing disturbances on the sidelines. He had the record for the most unnecessary roughness calls. He was arrested for molesting a woman at a golf tournament. To be fair he wasn’t all bad and by all accounts was a damn fine blocker and made the pro bowl but he had reputation as a hot head on and off the field. This is not a leader.
Now he says about the language that “this was the nature of their relationship” I guess that’s what he thinks relationships are made of (see bellow). He talks about the 1000’s of texts between him and JM and that it goes both ways. Let’s say you call me names and dog me so I replay in kind to prove I’m not “soft”. Then you keep it up even though I tell you to knock it off. That’s not “going both ways” nor is it a reciprocal relationship. Even if I could forgive the racial stuff, the comments about family were way beyond the pale.
We still have yet to hear completely from Johnathan but we will soon.
The bottom line is this foolishness has cost two men their jobs (more to follow) and tonight (Nov. 11, 2013) you saw the true effect. It cost the team games. Not just the losing to an 0-8 team but playing so badly in the first quarter. It totally embarrassed the Dolphin organization and the NFL. People are asking “is this normal” for and NFL locker room. The answers are coming in “yes” and “no”.
Whatever the outcome, the NFL and the individual teams should say “no more”. Look I get it, rookies get some initial initiation. That has to stop after training camp. Once you’re on the team, you’re on THE TEAM. You unite and cover each others’ back. Everyone carries their own equipment (unless they get hurt). Everyone pays for their own meals (I’m sure the IRS could have field day with some of that). They need to stop the shenanigans and focus on doing the job they were hired to do and that the fans pay to see. The rest is nonsense. Oh, uh oh, whoa! I just fell off my soapbox.