Originally Posted by Jordan Taylor / June 2nd, 2014 / txtblog
Miami, Florida Fall 2013
Today athletes are conveying their juvenile behavior through using their smart phones. In the fall of 2013 there was a bullying issue in the National Football League involving two players, Richie Incognito, a pro bowler and veteran, also the “Bully” and Jonathan Martin, a Stanford educated second year starter and a key contributor to the team.
The news hit that Jonathan Martin had checked into a mental health clinic and left the Miami dolphins due to the alleged bullying involving teammates on the offensive line. On March 11th, 2014 Martin as requested was traded to the San Francisco 49ers for a conditional draft pick. This was an ideal situation for Martin going back to the San Francisco Bay Area being an Alumni of Stanford University and reuniting with his college coach Jim Harbaugh. As the text conversation was released between Martin and Incognito dated back to late 2012 to the fall of 2013, this conversation showed that the two seemed to be more like good friends than enemies, the jokes seemed playful and in good fun. The only conformational text was one that demanded Martin to pay for offensive line’s bonding trip to Las Vegas that Martin himself would not be attending. After the text transcript fell on the desk of the Miami Dolphins executives and the commissioner of National Football League Incognito would be suspended indefinitely from the Dolphins.
This case should make all athletes in all sports think twice about what texts they send out to anyone. The penalty was extreme and demonstrated zero tolerance for this behavior. Athletes texting recklessly has serious consequences everything you send to people can be brought back to bite you in the end.