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Locker room bullying leads NFL player to walk out

11/6/2013, 10:57 a.m.
Martin and Incognito

Hall of Fame coach Mike Ditka questioned what the Dolphins have done to make and keep the workplace safe for Martin. “I don’t understand why his teammates didn’t step in and do something. I mean, if you see this happening, I just don’t know how you can take it. This kind of behavior, there’s no place for it in sports or anything. I don’t know how this guy got this far in life.”

But perhaps most critical of the Dolphins players was Hall of Fame receiver Cris Carter. “I’m disappointed in [center] Mike Pouncey, who’s guy is playing right next to you, if you don’t know. This is criminal information. We’re taking showers together, we’re going on the road together, we’re sleeping together … I’m depending on you, man, so I don’t get my neck cracked!

“And they don’t even know this? [Ryan] Tannehill, the quarterback, how can he not know? How can these guys not know? And [Joe] Philbin, as the head coach … the reason why coaches in this league are great is because they care about the players. The reason why the guy didn’t talk to him when they met? Because he didn’t trust him.

“It’s a shame that nobody could stand up for that kid.”