The lawyer for Jonathan Martin released a statement on Thursday offering more details about why Dolphins lineman Jonathan Martin left the team, saying he was the victim of a “malicious” physical attack and repeated harassment.
David Cornell, Martin’s lawyer, noted Martin started every game for maniacal former Stanford and current 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, and said teammates taunted him and made vulgar and explicit comments about his sister.
“Jonathan Martin’s toughness is not at issue. Jonathan has started every game with the Miami Dolphins since he was drafted in 2012. At Stanford, he was the anchor for Jim Harbaugh’s “smash mouth” brand of football and he protected Andrew Luck’s blind side.
“The issue is Jonathan’s treatment by his teammates. Jonathan endured harassment that went far beyond the traditional locker-room hazing. For the entire season-and-a-half that he was with the Dolphins, he attempted to befriend the same teammates who subjected him to the abuse with the hope that doing so would end the harassment. This is a textbook reaction of victims of bullying. Despite these efforts, the taunting continued. Beyond the well-publicized voice mail with its racial epithet, Jonathan endured a malicious physical attack on him by a teammate, and daily vulgar comments such as the quote at the bottom. These facts are not in dispute.
“Eventually, Jonathan made a difficult choice. Despite his love for football, Jonathan left the Dolphins. Jonathan looks forward to getting back to playing football. In the meantime, he will cooperate fully with the NFL investigation.”
“Quote from teammate: “We are going to run train on your sister. … She loves me. I am going to f*** her without a condom and c** in her c***.”