Dolphins Trade Jonathan Martin to 49ers

Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin has been traded to the San Francisco 49ers for a conditional draft pick.  Martin was in the center of the Dolphins’ bullying scandal last season, in which he received threatening and racist voicemails and text messages, among other things, from teammate and fellow lineman Richie Incognito.  Things were so bad that Martin feared for his safety and left the team.  The NFL investigated and confirmed that Martin and others had been abused verbally and bullied by Incognito and to some degree by other players.  The whole affair sparked debate as to what the limits are in the locker room culture in the NFL.

A lot of people questioned whether Martin could continue to play in the NFL after this, but there is at least one coach willing to give him a shot, and he knows Martin pretty well.  Martin played college football at Stanford in the days when current 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh was enjoying coaching success at the school.  Harbaugh threw his support behind Martin when this whole mess became public last fall, and he’s now willing to give him a chance to earn a spot on the 49ers.  Martin tweeted that he “Can’t wait to get to work”.

As for Incognito, well, things are headed downhill.  He has admitted suffering from depression and having anger management issues.  He was thrown off college football teams at both Nebraska and Oregon, and was once voted the “dirtiest player” in the NFL by the league’s players.  Last month he smashed his car with a baseball bat, dismissing the action as “venting”.  And it wasn’t just any car, it was a Ferrari with an approximate value of $300,000.  That was the last straw.  Incognito checked into a psychiatric care unit in an Arizona hospital after the Ferrari incident.  Let’s hope the guy gets the mental health help he needs before he or someone else ends up dead.

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