Though NFL players and personnel agreed that the alleged actions of Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito were reprehensible, they have also called out offensive lineman Jonathan Martin for being a “coward” who did not stand up for himself.
NFL player Antrel Rolle emphasized the Martin, who left the Dolphins last week, needed to act like a grown man. Martin reportedly left the Dolphins after a prank, which was supposedly the last straw for him. Incognito reportedly harassed Martin for some time and sent him racially-charged and threatening messages.
“First of all, know something like that would never, ever happen to myself, because I wouldn’t allow it to happen,” Rolle, the New York Giants safety, said. “… You know, at this level, you’re a man. You’re not a little boy. You’re not a freshman in college. You’re a man. So I think everything has its limits. So there’s no way that another man is gonna make me pay for something that I choose not to pay for.”
Rolle said Martin could come back to the league and become a “grown-a–man.”
“Hopefully he’s able to bounce back and recover from all that has happened and understand it, and take awareness of, you know, that, you’re a grown-a- man,” Rolle said. “You need to stand up for yourself.”
Other NFL personnel members have said that though Incognito was reprehensible, Martin may have been a “coward” for conducting himself and handling the situation the way he did.