NFL: Unsavory Details Emerge in Martin vs. Incognito Scandal

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Photo Courtesy of El Chico Iwana, licensed through Flickr via Creative Commons

Photo Courtesy of El Chico Iwana, licensed through Flickr via Creative Commons

When the Miami Dolphins finished the 9th week of their 2013 season with a win over the Cincinnati Bengals, they were 4-4, sitting within arm’s reach of playoff contention and looking much improved after upgrading their head coach from the year before. They were also down an offensive tackle. Sophomore Jonathan Martin withdrew from the team on October 30 amidst word that he had been egregiously hazed by a teammate, veteran guard Richie Incognito.

Amidst all the posturing, the NFL pulled the trigger on an independent investigation to unearth what, exactly, had happened between Incognito and Martin, as well as what was going on inside the Dolphin’s locker room. Now, four months after Martin initially left the team, the details are starting to surface. They are unpleasant in their specifics.

Most absurd, perhaps, is the fact that Incognito kept a journal, detailing and leveling fines committed by players against the team. Read like that, it doesn’t sound too bad, but this was a journal that fined players for showing weakness, and on the day Martin left the squad, Incognito fined himself $200 for “breaking JMart.”

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