Dolphins Teammates Called Jonathan Martin "Big Weirdo," Insulted His Family

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Jonathan Martin had enough of his teammate's bullying. The Dolphins tackle abruptly left the training facility earlier this week and checked himself into a hospital for mental issues. Now Fox Sports reports that Martin was a victim of systematic bullying. His teammates had nicknamed him "Big Weirdo" and insulted his family.

The breaking point came, as previously reported, when some players (as in grown men, some of whom are paid millions of dollars a year) pulled some Mean Girls shenanigans. When Martin tried to join them for lunch the players all got up from the table and left him alone.

But that was just the latest in a culture of bullying aimed at Martin, a Stanford-grad whose parents are both Harvard-educated lawyers. Fox Sports says players had teased him since he came into the league a season and half ago, and had started calling him "Big Weirdo." They also insulted his family.

The report says that the bullying went well beyond normal hazing, and that Dolphins brass were aware of what was going on.

Currently there's no timetable for Martin's return.

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31 comments
Joe Jennings
Joe Jennings

personally, I like to eat alone. But I am a Steeler fan.

Jeffrey Knight
Jeffrey Knight

The team is destined for failure if its players treat a teammate like he doesn't belong.

Mark Badman Williams
Mark Badman Williams

I am starting to hate the Dolphins team for this nasty bullying crap. Team get your act together or lose me as a supporter.

François Lavoie
François Lavoie

I hate bullies....where is the coach ? The coach is the law in a team....so i see no team but just a bunch of losers picking on a teamate instead of doing their job and win games

Milton F. Roiz
Milton F. Roiz

What's wrong with the football locker room culture when a guy gets picked on for being an Ivy Leaguer and coming from an educated background?

Roy Gonzalez
Roy Gonzalez

There is no crying in baseball or football! Grow a sack!

Amanda Drewniak
Amanda Drewniak

I will never buy Dolphin Tickets again unless this is properly addressed!

Linda Yesenia
Linda Yesenia

"Grown Men" acting the way children do is a shame. That's why DOLPHINS SUCK BALLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bryan Waldron
Bryan Waldron

Shows at total lack of leadership and integrity from the coaching staff on down. I can take losing but this garbage makes me ashamed to be a Dolphins fan.

Larry A Pirela
Larry A Pirela

Wow, and this is our left tackle? F* our collective lives

Bill Greene
Bill Greene

The focus is on the wrong "man". It's his teammates that should be the subject of ridicule. "Grown" men? Hardly...

Burbank Okuda
Burbank Okuda

Bullying inbred freaks play in the NFL. No maturity, no class and no sensitivity. The NFL should be ashamed of itself and the Dolphins should get help for their pathetic excuses, they call team members.

Terence R Waldron
Terence R Waldron

Why is it hard to imagine "a grown man being soo affected by this bullying" Is there an age that emotional stress ceases to exist in men and we all should just "take it on the chin" for the good of mankind?

Ileana Arriola
Ileana Arriola

This is just hard to imagine all around: 1) grown men bullying, 2) a grown man being soo affected by this bullying. I'm sure there's more to this story....can't wait.

Sean O'Hanlon
Sean O'Hanlon

This never would have been tolerated by Don Shula.

Fernando Buch
Fernando Buch

This is a corporate organization. they represent a city and their customers. They should act like men and stop the silliness. Leave that crap for the offseason.

Al Place
Al Place

My last one will probably be deleted also.

Al Place
Al Place

Nice. I posted something on here and it was deleted. Great job, Miami New Times.

Terence R Waldron
Terence R Waldron

To allow this type of behavior to go on in a team culture is worse than grade school bullying.

Terence R Waldron
Terence R Waldron

So the NFL coaches actually condone grade school bullying. Maybe that's why they all dance around in pink every November.

Luisa Erika Patroni
Luisa Erika Patroni

The team should just be suspended for a season. No pay. Maybe then they will learn.

Al Place
Al Place

How quickly many of you dis the players without knowing all the facts. Shame on you. You must be Jet fans to say those things.

Al Place
Al Place

There has to be more to this story than what you covered.

Ken Argüelles
Ken Argüelles

The Fins need to focus on the game and leave this childish bs behind. The fact that the coaches knew this was going on is very telling. 1.5 seasons of hazing is ridiculous. I guess they forgot they are a TEAM. Grow up!

Turo Olvera
Turo Olvera

No wonder they garbage smh they too busy eating shit instead of putting in work

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