Dolphins Delay Meeting With Martin on Bullying at NFL’s Request

The Miami Dolphins and owner Stephen Ross postponed a meeting with Jonathan Martin at the request of the National Football League, which is investigating the lineman’s allegations of being harassed by teammates.

Ross had said he planned to meet today with Martin, who left the team on Oct. 28, to “see how he’s doing and listen to his concerns.”

Dolphins President Tom Garfinkel said yesterday that the NFL and Ted Wells, a New York attorney overseeing an independent probe into the harassment allegations, asked that the team’s meeting with Martin be delayed until investigators meet with him first.

“Out of deference to the process, we will cooperate with their request,” Garfinkel said in a statement. “We look forward to meeting with Jonathan directly as soon as possible.”

The Dolphins indefinitely suspended offensive lineman Richie Incognito on Nov. 4 for conduct detrimental to the team after an expletive-filled voice message he sent to Martin became public. The Dolphins also asked the NFL to investigate.

Martin endured harassment “far beyond the traditional locker room hazing” for the entire 1 1/2 seasons he spent with the Dolphins and was physically assaulted by a teammate, his lawyer, David Cornwell of Gordon and Rees LLP in Atlanta, said on Nov. 6. The NFL the same day said Wells, who was involved in investigations of the National Basketball Players Association and the Syracuse University men’s basketball team, would oversee the probe of the Dolphins.

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