|Incognito and Martin|
Where were the locker room leaders?
The second logical question was: Where is the team's upper management -- including coaches, GM, trainers, team president, Operational managers and owner?
It seemed implausible that a fellow player/team member could be allegedly racially taunted, pimped, extorted, threatened and harassed to this degree without any official or unofficial Dolphin intervention.
Many football fans, reporters, players and former players have collectively expressed: The NFL (or any sports locker room) locker room serves as the inner sanctum of the players. In this den of testosterone an alpha male pecking order is naturally selected; and players have to learn to man-up or they quickly learn the NFL ain't for everybody. They ask:
Where is J-Martin's manhood?
To this crowd, I understand the basis of their question/issue to a certain extent: a 300 plus pound man should be able to physically handle his business. I hover around 180 pounds and I find it inconceivable that -- especially after no longer being subject to rookie hazing -- I would give some jerk 15,000 K so he can party in Vegas.
But not being privy to all the details, my main question still centers around team leadership or apparently lack thereof. For example, in a predominately black locker room, how can the "brothers" allow Incognito to thug out -- and N-word -- another black baller.
Sports writer Jason Whitlock writes:
Mass incarceration has turned segments of Black America so upside down that a tatted-up, N-word-tossing white goon is more respected and accepted than a soft-spoken, highly intelligent black Stanford graduate.
According to a story in the Miami Herald, black Dolphins players granted Richie Incognito "honorary" status as a black man while feeling little connection to Jonathan Martin.
Welcome to Incarceration Nation, where the mindset of the Miami Dolphins' locker room mirrors the mentality of a maximum-security prison yard and where a wide swath of America believes the nonviolent intellectual needs to adopt the tactics of the barbarian.
I don't blame Jonathan Martin for walking away from the Dolphins and checking himself into a hospital seeking treatment for emotional distress. The cesspool of insanity that apparently is the Miami locker room would test the mental stability of any sane man. Martin, the offspring of Harvard grads, a 24-year-old trained at some of America's finest academic institutions, is a first-time offender callously thrown into an Attica prison cell with Incognito and Aaron Hernandez's BFF Mike Pouncey. Dolphins warden Jeff Ireland and deputy warden Joe Philbin put zero sophisticated thought into what they were doing when they drafted Martin in the second round in 2012.
You don't put Jonathan Martin in a cell with Incognito and Pouncey. You draft someone else, and let another team take Martin. The Dolphins don't have the kind of environment to support someone with Martin's background. It takes intelligence and common sense to connect with and manage Martin. Those attributes appear to be in short supply in Miami. please read entire article