Former Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Jonathan Martin was physically assaulted by an unidentified teammate, his attorney David Cornwell said.
Martin was harassed for the entire 1 1/2 seasons he spent at the Dolphins and tried to befriend those teammates who were abusing him in an effort to end the treatment, Cornwell, of Gordon and Rees LLP in Atlanta, said in an e-mail.
“This is a textbook reaction of victims of bullying,” Cornwell said. “Jonathan endured a malicious physical attack on him by a teammate and daily vulgar comments.”
National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell established an independent investigation after the Dolphins asked the league to probe allegations that harassment led Martin to leave the team. Miami indefinitely suspended offensive lineman Richie Incognito.
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said he will respond to the allegations after the review by New York attorney Ted Wells has been submitted to the NFL.
“Jonathan looks forward to getting back to playing football,” Cornwell said. “In the meantime, he will cooperate fully with the NFL investigation.”
David Dunn, Incognito’s agent, has not responded to multiple e-mails and a message left at his office seeking comment.
Earlier yesterday, DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association, said he was in contact with Miami players.
“Every NFL player should expect safe and professional working conditions,” Smith said in an e-mail. “It is our duty as a union to learn the full facts, protect the interests of players involved and hold management accountable to the highest standards of fairness and transparency.”
Two days ago, Goodell said there was no timetable for the completion of the probe by Wells.
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