Jeff Ireland Told Jonathan Martin's Agents That Martin Should Punch Richie Incognito
We've already made the case that in light of the Dolphins scandal involving Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito, general manager Jeff Ireland should resign or be fired, but new reports of his ridiculous immediate response upon learning of the problem only add to that argument.
When Martin's agent called Ireland to tell him that Incognito was bullying Martin, Ireland responded by suggesting that Martin just punch Incognito.
Per multiple league sources, Dolphins G.M. Jeff Ireland received a call from one of Martin's agent, Kenny Zuckerman, after Martin left the team on October 28. Zukerman complained to Ireland about the manner in which Incognito was treating Martin.
Ireland, according to the sources, suggested to Zuckerman that Martin physically confront Incognito. Ireland specifically mentioned that Martin should "punch" Incognito.
So let's get this straight. This story wasn't quite a scandal at that point but had already attracted national attention for the odd way in which Martin just got up and left the facilities. Ireland's response was that the two men should just have a fistfight.
Did he miss the part of preschool when we all learned violence doesn't solve anything? Did he really think it would be a good idea for the next day's headlines to read, "Martin returns to team and cold-clocks teammate"? Has he ever given one iota of evidence to suggest that he should be in charge of a billion-dollar sports franchise?