Jonathan Martin at Stanford: Twitter Revolts as NFL Rep Hits Town
Wearing an Izod shirt and a backward black Nike hat, Miami Dolphins guard Jonathan Martin attended a football game Saturday in which his alma mater Stanford was upset by University of Southern Calfornia.
Oddly, the defeat of the fourth-ranked Cardinals 20-17 wasn't the story for much of the country. The presence of bullied Dolphins guard Martin was. Commentator Brent Musberger told a national audience: "Big fella needs to go back to work someplace."
Today and tomorrow, NFL representative Ted Wells will visit the team's Davie headquarters to speak with players about the bullying scandal. Reports have placed offensive line coach Jim Turner at the scandal's center. Wells spoke with Martin for more than seven hours Friday.
With a patched-together offensive line, the Dolphins pulled out a win Sunday against the San Diego Chargers, but the tweets about Martin wouldn't stop. There was outrage that he showed up at the Stanford game (a bad luck charm?), a suggestion that the Stanford band play a prank, complaints that he was getting paid, and typical Twitter outrage at the outrage.
Wait... are people really outraged that Stanford alum Jonathan Martin was at the game tonight? Y'all need a hobby.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) November 17, 2013
If #Stanford loses this game they should blame Jonathan Martin— Mike Loyko (@NEPD_Loyko) November 17, 2013
Jonathan Martin is watching the game from the Stanford sideline. Our photographer says he saw him make a rude gesture at a few jeering fans.— Greg Beacham (@gregbeacham) November 17, 2013
Why would Jonathan Martin go to the Stanford game last night? Might it be a good time to lay low?— David Lang (@DukieLang) November 17, 2013
They showed Jonathan Martin on the sidelines before the game, and then Stanford lost......just sayin— Joey Schwab (@schwab62) November 17, 2013
Jonathan Martin at the USC Stanford game, watching, he's still getting paid.— Garo Schminke (@SchminkeGaro) November 17, 2013
It's great seeing Jonathan Martin at the SC/Stan game. I hope that crazy Stanford band doesn't do any pranks on him #toosoft— Shawn Wills (@Chiliball) November 17, 2013