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Fight or Flight: What would you have done if you were Jonathan Martin?

NFL: Miami Dolphins-Training CampWhat do you tell your kid if he calls you up and says some huge oaf is threatening you and extorting money from you?  What if your kid went to Stanford,and you are a Harvard trained lawyer?  Do you tell him to try to kick his ass and take your beating, or tell him to go to the coach – who would laugh at him.  Do you say nothing and just hope he doesn’t go home and get a gun?
Was Martin a “pussy” for walking away? did he break the “man code,” or was he a highly educated man with other options than playing football on a team that allows things like this to happen?
Jonathan Martin, seen here during an NFL rookies' camp in 2012, allegedly received threatening texts and voice mails from teammate Richie Incognito that included racial slurs.

Jonathan Martin, seen here during an NFL rookies’ camp in 2012, allegedly received threatening texts and voice mails from teammate Richie Incognito that included racial slurs.

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The Miami Dolphins have suspended a veteran player indefinitely, after he allegedly sent threatening messages that included racial slurs to a younger teammate. The NFL is investigating what is being called a case of hazing and harassment.

Veteran guard Richie Incognito is alleged to have left intimidating messages and texts on the phone of second-year offensive tackle Jonathan Martin, who left the team last week. The Dolphins had not previously provided details to explain Martin’s absence.

As for Incognito, “He’s done” in Miami, a source tells The Miami Herald. The source continued, “There are procedures in place and everyone wants to be fair. The NFL is involved. But from a club perspective he’ll never play another game here.”

Martin, a Stanford graduate who was a second-round pick by the Dolphins in the 2012 NFL draft, is the son of two lawyers. He was a classics major at Stanford, according to NPR’s Mike Pesca, who adds that Martin also considered Harvard, where he would have been the first ever fourth-generation African-American at the school.

But at the Miami Dolphins’ facilities, Martin was called “big weirdo” — a moment from last year’s training camp that was chronicled on HBO’s Hard Knocks NFL show. Transcripts circulating today show that he was called far worse names more recently, as Incognito reportedly used slurs referring to Martin, who is biracial.

“Martin left Dolphins headquarters [last] Monday when finally reaching his limit with the persistent bullying and teasing from some teammates that has plagued him since joining Miami,” reports Fox Sports. The network says Martin left the team after “a group of players stood up and left when he tried joining them for lunch.”

After leaving Miami, Martin went home to California to be with his family. According to Fox Sports reporter Mike Garafalo, Martin remained in California today.

“Martin shared texts and voice mails with his parents on Saturday, and turned them over Sunday to the Dolphins and the league, according to sources close to Martin and involved in the investigation,” NFL News reports. “The evidence implicates Incognito and, to a lesser extent, Dolphins center Mike Pouncey.

A transcript of a voice mail that has been circulating Monday describes an offensive and expletive-laden message, allegedly from Incognito. It also uses a racial slur and threatens violence. The NFL and Dolphins have heard the voice mail, according to NFL News.

The issue has been a hot topic, as NPR’s Mike Pesca tells Melissa Block on Monday’s All Things Considered. And the discussion has grown more serious as details have emerged.

“Today, the revelation of these texts and more details about what actually happened changes this [from] a discussion of if a large person can be bullied, to where we are now, which is real harassment, possibly criminal,” Mike says.

“The broader issue is hazing in the NFL,” Mike says. “Hazing goes on in the NFL much more so than it does in a lot of other institutions.”

Mike says that the NFL is a private enterprise where hazing is often seen as harmless — but it generally means “rookies have to carry equipment; sometimes rookies are made to pay very large bills when the veterans go out to eat,” he says.

The Miami Herald reports that if Martin was the target of hazing, he wasn’t alone.

“Incognito pressured Martin into paying $15,000 for an unofficial team vacation to Las Vegas – a trip that Martin didn’t even join,” the newspaper says. “One young defensive player, whose privacy the Miami Herald is protecting, is on his way to going broke because he has been unable to say no to the older players, a source said.”

As for what punishment the NFL might dole out if the current allegations are proven, Mike says, “The commissioner, Roger Goodell, has leveled heavy fines and heavy suspensions for things that embarrass the league. It’s not hard to think that Roger Goodell will act up on this very fiercely.”

On Sunday afternoon, the Dolphins said in a statement, “We received notification today from Jonathan’s representation about allegations of player misconduct. We are taking these allegations very seriously and plan to review the matter further.”

The team said it had contacted the NFL about the allegations.

That message contrasted with the tone of a Dolphins statement issued earlier on Sunday in which the team said, “The notion of bullying is based on speculation and has not been presented to us as a concern from Jonathan or anyone else internally.”


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What Happens When We Give Writers Two Weeks Before a Superbowl? HOMOPHOBIA!

being-gay-in-the-nfl-the-secrets-the-culture-the-pressure-the-fear-of-coming-out-and-the-changing-attitudes-feature1Oh for God’s sake. “We can’t have gay’s running around in our locker rooms?” Well, you have female journalists in them.

What in the hell are you talking about? You really think an NFL player is going to fear for his genitals because another professional in the next locker happens to have another sexual proclivity? You think he’s going to be so turned on by your steroid infused bulk that he cant control himself and is going to violate you while your on the bench press?

The rest of humanity seems to get along pretty well with communal weight rooms, and showers. Are you so daft as to think that in SF bay area we don’t run into (some openly) gay people at the gym every day?

Frankly, the gay men I know have far too much taste to embarrass themselves by lowering their standards to meet the common football player. Certainly not in a locker room.



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Tim Tebow’s 316 yards inspire ‘John 3:16’ searches

Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow prays after the Broncos defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime in the NFL AFC wild-card playoff football game in Denver on Sunday. (MARC PISCOTTY – REUTERS)The Denver Broncos’ playoff win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night was unlikely enough, but Tim Tebow’s passing yardage — the Christian quarterback threw 316 yards — sent commentators over the edge. The Associated Press reported that he also averaged 31.6 yards per completion. The religious connotations to John 3:16, a famous Bible verse, were too much for many to chalk up to chance.

For the true believersit was no coincidence.



View Photo Gallery: The quarterback for the Denver Broncos has become a polarizing figure in football, in part because of his outward displays of Christian faith.


Tebow has said previously that the Bible verse, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life,” is his favorite. When he wore the Scripture verse on his eye black during the National Championship Game in 2009, the term “John 3:16” was reportedly Googled more than 90 million times.

The Bible verse quickly became the most searched Google term Monday.

The Christian athlete has faced repeated criticism during this NFL season for wearing his faith on his sleeve. Bill Maher criticized Tebow (and Jesus) in a controversial Tweet after a Denver loss, and “Saturday Night Live” mocked the quarterback in a skit in which Jesus suggested that the quarterback “take it down a notch.”

Some say that the religious significance of Sunday’s game went deeper than the stats. In a column this weekend for The Washington Post’s Outlook section, David Kuo and Patton Dodd set up the showdown between Tebow and Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger this way:


“Tebow and Roethlisberger point to the essential aspects of evangelicalism, the ones that make it persist — its missionary, proclamatory character on the one hand, and its private, searching piety on the other. The former wants to appeal to the whole world, which is why Tebow’s family raised him not only to preach, but to persuade others with a winning demeanor. The latter wants a changed life; Roethlisberger, in evangelical parlance, rededicated his life to Jesus after a period of backsliding, because he knew no other way to break his pattern of misbehavior.”


The Broncos’ win Sunday means that, for a week at least, Tebow mania is here to stay.


More On Faith and Tebow:

Tebow: God’s plan is for me to be a ‘role model for kids through football’

Sally Jenkins: Bill Maher and Tim Tebow: Why are so many offended by the quarterback’s faith?

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