(AP) AP source: NFL union to look into Martin case
By STEVEN WINE
AP Sports Writer
The NFL Players Association will investigate possible harassment of Miami Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin by his teammates, a person familiar with the situation said Saturday.
The person said the union wants to determine whether Martin’s treatment by teammates contributed to his abrupt departure from the Dolphins. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Dolphins have said little about the reasons for Martin’s absence.
Martin left the team Monday to receive help for emotional issues, and it’s unclear whether or when he’s expected back. The Dolphins are off this weekend, and the union plans to look into the matter next week.
The Dolphins have attributed Martin’s absence to a non-football illness. The second-year pro from Stanford played in Sunday’s loss at New England, then missed practice this week and sat out Thursday night’s victory over Cincinnati.
The win snapped a four-game losing streak that had stirred talk of dissension between coaches and among players. When asked Friday if he has seen evidence of bullying or harassment, coach Joe Philbin said: “This is something we take very seriously, and it will not be tolerated.”
As Breitbart Sports noted, the Dolphins offensive line includes problem child Richie Incognito, who has had a history of drug abuse and violent behavior off the field, and Mike Pouncey, who has been served in the Aaron Hernandez murder case and was seen wearing a “Free Hernandez” hat after Hernandez was arrested for the first-degree murder of Odin Lloyd.
Breitbart Sports contributed to this report.