Jonathan Martin Should Have Stood Up To Richie Incognito

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Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. Today, Luke weighs in on the Miami Dolphins bullygate.

The Miami Dolphins have never experienced this much off-the-field controversy. The NFL franchise has always prided itself on being a model organization and has even spent lots of money on personnel profiling.

So it was shocking to hear that Jonathan Martin quit the team because he couldn't handle the hazing and bullying from his teammates, especially Richie Incognito. Now I am not saying Incognito was right for allegedly calling Martin a "half-n----r" and other nasty ephitets, but in the NFL you better have a tough skin to play the game.

Football is a gladiator sport and only men play it. It's kill or be killed. Guys are fighting for their professional lives every day. They have to beat the opposing player on every play because they know there are guys on their team competing to take their sport Incognito, has been playing alongside Martin for quite some time. Those dudes on the offensive line need to have a relationship because they are joined at the hip.

So when you have a young player like Martin, who was getting beat on plays a lot, it's only natural for an older player like Incognito to ride his ass. It's like a big brother abusing his little brother. The players keep each other in check. And usually the coaching staff doesn't know about it.

Usually, young players take the abuse because it is part of football. But Martin is cut from a different mold. He is a very smart, articulate young man who went to Stanford. His parents are true professionals. If he had picked Harvard over Stanford, he would have been the third generation member of his family to go to the prestigious Ivy League school. That's why he kept phone records of what was happening to him in the Dolphins locker room. Instead of standing up and fighting on his own, he built up evidence to file a complaint with the NFL and the Dolphins.

Right now there is a public campaign, supported by the government, to stop bullying. It's the evil buzzword of the moment. It's almost like pulling the race card. That's why Martin's complaint seems planned, almost coerced. NFL hazing is nothing new. Hell, they show vets hazing rookies on HBO's Hard Knocks series all the time.

The problem with Martin is that he didn't stand up to Incognito, who it seems didn't think his teammate had been hazed enough. At some point you have to man up in a football locker room. You are in a situation where dudes are walking around looking at each other's nether regions to see who has the biggest cock and biggest set of nuts.

It's like prison. There is alaways some dude who is going to try another guy who appears weak. Now, everybody -- from the sports pundits to the Dolphins front office -- are saying the politically correct thing: that Incognito was wrong. This is what happens when the nice guys go get their lawyers or their agents involved.

But none of this would matter if Martin had just put his dukes up. At the end of the day, a fight won't last more than a few seconds because your teammates will break it up. However, the mere fact the player showed some fight would have been important. That would have squashed it.

The sad part is that the head coach and position coordinators and assistant coaches did not address the problem. Obviously the tension between Incognito and Martin has been going on for a long time. This young man had left the team before because of similar complaints. And now there are reports that Dolphins coaches instructed Incognito to "toughen up" Martin.

The other sad part about it is that none of their teammates stepped up to stop the abuse. Where were the team captains? I keep remembering when I was watching the Dolphins on HBO's Hard Knocks last pre-season.

Reggie Bush and other players coming to the head coach, Joe Philbin.

He had a very dismissive attitude, like he didn't care about his players and their feelings.

Now, the Dolphins are in the middle of a soap opera.

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47 comments
jimjam
jimjam

So Luke, i really don't get what you are saying...you have this platform for opinion and you are using it as a platform to sound ridiculous. Please explain to me how bullying is OK? that is one. Secondly, explain to me why using racial and demeaning expressions to another is OK? Third and lastly; please explain to me how does being racially offensive on the Football locker room is OK but not outside of the locker room? Are you stating and agreeing that being racist is OK in some ways but not others? To be honest i'm dumbfounded. Would it be OK then to bully my co-worker and call him a racist word because the NFL accepts it? You are also saying:" If Martin put his dukes up"; yes because fighting violence with violence is also the answer but then you also discuss in previous posts that the police are racist and violent specifically towards African-Americans. The New Times gives you a platform to write objective opinions  that engage the readers into a point of view that is constructive and fair oriented. The NFL is NOT like a prison. If Martin had murdered Incognito, i wonder what would have happened then, hence bullying is not OK at any moment, in any environment. It's not also ok for a white man to murder a black man because he wore a hoodie. Just as it is not ok for one man to bully their teammate by calling him racial epithets and not supporting him the right way. You are part of a team and  there are thousands of ways to motivate under performers but bullying is definitely not one of them. 

n2bigmuscle
n2bigmuscle topcommenter

If Martin actually looked black, you would defend him to the end.  Becuase he looks like a "cracker" you guys toss him under the bus. 

Behh Serker
Behh Serker

Who gives a f*ck what "uncle luke" thinks? MYOB!!

Jan Dedeurwaerder
Jan Dedeurwaerder

Uncle Luke, look up the word 'relevant' in the dictionary. Your picture is NOT next to it.

Eddy Gugliotta
Eddy Gugliotta

Nope! he did perfect, he asked his attorneys the best way out and made the move, faked a mental illnes, so he keeps on collecting his salary, exposed the culprit, and did not fall for an aggressive response that would have cost himself to be suspended or fired.

Anastasia Biltmore
Anastasia Biltmore

Martin comes from an upper class family.Both of his parents are Harvard educated lawyers. To pick on a person because they were raised to be gracious and kind, upstanding and chivalrous, cultured and kind is ridiculous. What you are championing with him "fighting back" is the degeneration of societal mores to satisfy the aggression of the minority troglodyte guttersnipe mentality along with the sanctioning of systematic abuse in a closed community. The idea of an eye for an eye is base animalistic brutality at its worst. The only people who would advocate solving problems like this with physical violence are those who come from systems where violence is common. I guess you can take the man out of the ghetto, but you can't take the ghetto out of the man. Funny, I don't remember you fighting back against Nick Navarro by punching him in the snoot- I remember you fighting back by writing a song which derided him and performing it by citing your 1st Amendment constitutional rights and even taking it to court. For a black man who is historically noted for fighting in court with lawyers, it is the pinnacle of hypocrisy to deride another black man for not taking his fight to the street. Your entire argument is invalid and perpetuates the worst sterotypes of black culture and team sports in America. Congratulations, you are an idiot.

Mercidieu Sun
Mercidieu Sun

if martin shot n killed incognito then stand your ground wouldve applied. stand up for your self is like stand your ground in fl

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

"It's almost like pulling the race card."

You should know about that right?

TooManyWannabeeTough
TooManyWannabeeTough

"It's like prison."  Idiotic.   It's a workplace, it shouldn't be 'like prison'.

Also have you seen the video of Incognito at Dirty Blondes?   He's an irrational nutjob.   The point is he shouldn't have to physically 'stand up' to a mentally ill TEAMMATE!!!

D.f. Basora
D.f. Basora

There is an amount of hazing that happens whether you're on a sports team, college frat or regular job. And yes, it's how you handle it that largely determines how your co workers/teammates interact with you. But incognito took it too far for too long. And what gets me about the so called "manly men" here who are questioning Martin's masculinity don't understand that it takes a tremendous amount of courage to put themselves out there and take a stand. Especially when they have to subject themselves to "men" who'll no doubt raise their kids to be as unforgiving and closed minded as they are

Jorge Mederos
Jorge Mederos

Yea, what can he possibly say or do to an adult who acts like a little child that would actually have any effectiveness and won't land him assault charges and unemployed? Please, some of you, make sure you don't reproduce.

Fernando Buch
Fernando Buch

What you need to be asking, why he waited so long

Fernando Buch
Fernando Buch

yeah cause that ever worked out in the workplace...sorry Luke you are dead wrong

David Walker
David Walker

Maybe he should check if hes got any balls left or ever had them.

Michael Mariano
Michael Mariano

The guy's a football player not a ballerina! Get a backbone and deal with it! No wonder the management wanted him to toughen Martin up . . . acting wike a wittle baby boy. boo hoo.

Cary Gonzalez
Cary Gonzalez

Should have stood up to him privately and then made it public if that didn't work.

Kary Fernandez
Kary Fernandez

Hell yea!!! Agreed!!!! What kinda grown ass man puss's out?????

FatHand
FatHand

This is so stupid. It's real easy to tell others that they should fight Richie Incognito. The guy's a lunatic.

FatHand
FatHand

Really easy to tell other people they should fight Richie Incognito. How would Martin getting his ass beaten by Incognito have helped anything? 

Alex Anico
Alex Anico

You know who stood up against bullies? The Columbine shooters. some people are incapable of defending themselves and when they do it's only after reaching a breaking point and doing something irrational

Al Newman
Al Newman

Martin should have done both.

Kyle Awon
Kyle Awon

man went and tell his moms dawg Yohan W

Ed Ochoa
Ed Ochoa

So this is what America is turning out to be? No one has balls anymore, its sue this sue that, bully this , bully that, grow some balls, handle your own problems. this is pathetic.

Alexander Fernandez
Alexander Fernandez

Martin is a coward. Dude doesn't want to play ball he should walk away. But no, he wants to make himself a professional victims which plays well in the PC media society. Ricky Williams is right.

J Jess Jessi Abalos
J Jess Jessi Abalos

I don't know how Martin is going to get another job no one wants a teammate who hangs around collecting evidence until he can sue them.

Deathray Jones
Deathray Jones

both. there's a problem that's bigger than incognito and martin, and external investigation is warranted. otoh, martin should have nipped it in the bud.

Alex Anico
Alex Anico

Let's see you stand up to richie incognito since you're so bad ass.

Kelli Crawford
Kelli Crawford

Yes, ppl always this kind of behavior swept under the rug. Pathetic.

Jason Herrera
Jason Herrera

that's why we have a terrible OL, team chemistry is not there. Trying to toughen some up, and straight up harassing someone are two different things. Work place bullying does exist people.

Jorge Mederos
Jorge Mederos

How do grown men bully their own fucking teammate? This is what happens when you pay people millions upon millions to play a GAME. They don't GROW THE FUCK UP.

Pierre Bernardo
Pierre Bernardo

Both: Standing up for yourself makes sure it doesn't happen to YOU. making it public makes sure it doesn't happen to ANYONE ELSE. Racists and cowards rely on not being exposed.

Joe LaDuca
Joe LaDuca

People have to be themselves, so it's not fair to judge Martin... It's funny how they are calling Incognito's actions a "Code Red."

Jorge Mederos
Jorge Mederos

I think grown men, should act like fucking grown men.

Alice Gomez
Alice Gomez

Stood up for himself, and made it public.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

................................Uncle Luke, your ignorance is showing...........again...............once you continue your thought process on Martin's actions, you do cite his formal ivy league education and major league professional pedigree,  expanding on his intelligence and patience, you will see how stupid YOUR advise is (and how you get into trouble you have to pay millions to get out of AND WHY you could never coach student atheletics as anything more than a volunteer)

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

..............................yes indeed, jonathon MARTIN is intelligent enough to avoid DIRECT confrontation with neanderthal savages on steroid-fuel rampages of uncivilized behavior, just like if trayvon MARTIN was smart and had run away he would be alive today = period

very smart

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

.... ..............FORGET BULLYing ..................as an NFL proof of being a "real man" when HALF of BLACK players file financial bankruptcy within three years of seperation from their careers in the game..............a REAL MAN provides for his family, just like DAN MARINO [ yeah even IF that REAL MAN has more than ONE family ! ] .............not like WARREN SAPP who has seven or more "families" and is broke and cannot pay support for his children

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

.................................a REAL MAN provides for his family, just like DAN MARINO [ yeah even IF that REAL MAN has more than ONE family ! ] .............not like WARREN SAPP who has seven or more "families" and is broke and cannot pay support for his children and has filed bankruptcy

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