Dolphins' Jonathan Martin bullied by teammates: Report

Jonathan Martin of the Miami Dolphins remains with his family, away from the team. (AFP)

Jonathan Martin of the Miami Dolphins remains with his family, away from the team. (AFP)

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, Last Updated: 12:16 PM ET

Jonathan Martin’s decision to take time away from the Miami Dolphins was due to persistent bullying by teammates, according to Fox Sports.

The right tackle has apparently been dealing with the abuse since he was drafted by the team in 2012. The indignities had crossed into personal and family insults. He was also bestowed the nickname “Big Weirdo.”

A prank played on Martin in the Dolphins cafeteria Monday was the final straw.

After teammates jokingly stood up and left when Martin tried to join them for lunch, he slammed his food tray on the floor and left the facility.

Martin didn’t practice this week and missed Thursday night’s clash with the Cincinnati Bengals. There’s no timetable for his return as he seeks treatment and spends time with family.

The 6-foot-5, 312-pound Martin never resorted to physical tactics to stymie the abuse. Veteran players also apparently failed to help the 24-year-old.

The NFL Players Association is monitoring the situation and has inquired about the treatment of Martin.


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