NBCSN Exclusive: Jonathan Martin felt ‘trapped’ – lineman breaks silence on ProFootballTalk
Jonathan Martin broke his silence for the first time since leaving the Miami Dolphins on Oct. 28 after allegedly being bullied and harassed by teammates.
In an interview with Tony Dungy that will air in full on NBCSN's "ProFootballTalk" on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. ET, the 24-year-old tackle says he felt "trapped" by the bullying and felt it was best to "just remove myself from the situation."
"One instance doesn't bother me," Martin said in the interview, an excerpt of which aired on "NBC Nightly News" on Tuesday night and will air again on "TODAY" on Wednesday morning. "It's the persistence of it. I wish I would have had more tools to solve my situation...but I didn't."
Martin's says the alleged harassment came at the hands of teammates, including guard Richie Incognito, who was suspended on Nov. 3 and has not played since. Incognito has said he was friends with Martin, and other Dolphins teammates have denied Martin was mistreated. An independent investigator was assigned to the case by the NFL.
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross confirmed that the report compiled by NFL investigator Ted Wells on the accusations of harassment leveled by Martin against Incognito will be released after the Super Bowl, and Ross said the team has a good handle on what the report will detail.
“I have an idea what will be in it. I’ve been in communication with the NFL. I’ve spoken with Ted Wells who is handling the investigation,” Ross said, via Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald.
More of Dungy’s interview with Martin will air on Wednesday’s “TODAY” on NBC. Also, the full Martin interview will be shown on a dedicated episode of "ProFootballTalk" on NBCSN to air at 6:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday.