Martin Says He Felt Trapped by Foul Miami Locker-Room Language

Former Miami tackle Jonathan Martin said constant foul language in the Dolphins locker room led him to withdraw from the National Football League team.

“One instance doesn’t bother me,” Martin said in an interview with NBC. “It’s the persistence of it.”

The National Football League is conducting an investigation into the harassment case that led Martin to quit the Dolphins on Oct. 28. His fellow offensive lineman Richie Incognito was suspended a week later after an expletive-filled voice message he sent to Martin became public.

“I wish I would have had more tools to solve my situation,” Martin told NBC Nightly News in his first interview since he left the team. “I felt trapped, like I didn’t have a way to make it right. It came down to a point where I thought it was best to remove myself from the situation.”

Miami owner Stephen Ross yesterday backtracked after telling reporters that neither player was likely to return next season.

“Well, I can’t say that, therefore, I retract that,” Ross said. “One is a free agent, by the way, the other is on our roster.”

Ross spoke at a press conference to introduce Dennis Hickey as general manager. Hickey succeeds Jeff Ireland, who was fired after the team lost their final two games to end the season 8-8.

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