- 11/07/2013, 10:31PM ET
Mil Town Proud said 11/07, 10:31 PM
This isn't to choose a side in the debate, as there seems to be a breaking story every hour which changes our perception on this fiasco.
And a good portion of the media circus currently surrounding the Dolphins can be directly attributed to Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin. Somehow, Philbin came to the conclusion that the best course of action was to pour gasoline on the flames.
According to Brian Hartline, the Dolphins were encouraged by Philbin to "speak honestly and 'stick up' for themselves."
Rather than coming to the sane, rational understanding that the team should quietly defer any questions pertaining to Martin's absence and Incognito's suspension to management, Philbin instead opened the door to create an unwelcome atmosphere of hostility towards the accuser.
Would we see Belichick condone these interviews? Tomlin? No, those men would have enough foresight to realize the negative consequences of allowing the players free reign with the media.
By allowing players (and management) to publically show support for Incognito or intimate that Martin "handle matters himself," Philbin opened up the Dolphins to a litany of obstacles which will hamstring the franchise.
DO_WORK_SON said 11/08, 02:45 PM
Who better to speak on the subject than the players directly involved with Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito every day?
Unwelcome atmosphere of hostility toward the accuser? He invited the hostility by being a weak-minded little ****.
Anyone who stepped foot inside any male athletic locker room knows that there is hazing that occurs. Sure, maybe Martin felt Incognito or others went too far. So? Handle it like a grown man instead of running home like a child.
Obviously, those in the comment section heavily disagree with me, and I fully expect to be buried in this throwdown. However, Philbin did the right thing to let Martin's and Incognito's "brothers" put the facts out there.
Mil Town Proud said 11/09, 08:33 PM
Let's take a quick look at the two most prominent obstacles facing the Dolphins due to Philbin's ridiculous actions.
First, the Dolphins are legally liable for potentially enabling a hostile work environment. Martin is much more likely to return to work first, and what type of welcome should we expect when his teammates publically sided with his alleged tormentor?
Second, Philbin's decision only serves to further prolong the media distraction.
A simple decision to prevent players to discuss the situation beyond the generic phrase of "we support Incognito as a friend and teammate, even thoughtwe cannot condone the alleged behavior" would have gone a long way to put this story to rest before this week's games.
You think the media is going to let a ripe story like this die on its own? Not likely, when they can pump out stories with shocking headlines on a daily basis. I mean, ask the Patriots how much of a distraction Aaron Hernandez is at this point. How much of a distraction was Von Miller's suspension? These stories take a backseat to the games on Sunday.
Given the unprecedented access to the Dolphins players, don't expect this story to die anytime soon.
DO_WORK_SON said 11/10, 07:47 AM
All I read was, "Forfeited Turn."
Am I the only one that finds it hard to believe that Martin has never been on the "tormentor" end of hazing, whether on the Dolphins or at Stanford? Furthermore, do we believe that he was receiving the worst hazing in the history of hazing? Who's willing to bet that Tebow's hazing was probably a bit worse? Who thinks Aaron Hernandez probably dished out some pretty vile hazing during his time in the NFL?
The reports of things that were said and the voicemails that have been made public sound horrid in the context of every day life, but anyone who has spent any time in a male locker room knows that those things are innocent compared to other things that are said and done within the locker room.
Oh, yes, the media. The media needed to be set straight. They always jump on the first bit of information they get and give a completely blurred view of what is going on. By doing so here, they painted Martin as some sort of defenseless victim while painting Incognito as a racist bully at best. Because the players were allowed to speak out, we now know that was not the case.
Mil Town Proud said 11/12, 09:43 AM
So rather than keep a quiet, united front supporting Incognito, Martin, and the investigation, the Dolphins decide to open the floodgates by allowing every Tom, Dick, and Harry to throw in their two cents.
Did Philbin think the NFL investigators wouldn't reach out to Dolphins players to gauge their responses?
Point blank, there is a professional way for a franchise to conduct itself, and apparently, the Miami way.
Now, the Dolphins drop a game to previously winless Tampa Bay with 2/5ths of its already shaky starting offensive line missing. Only Martin could've retured, and he has stated that he'd like to continue playing football, but doesn't think he can return to Miami.
If the players had tempered their overwhelming vocal support for Incognito, would it be possible that Martin would yet return this season? Instead, Martin saw the writing on the wall and has decided another team will be able to provide a more suitable work environment.
This leaves two major hole on an already porous offensive line and a massive PR headache for the franchise, which will not be able to recoup any of Martin's salary, due to the work environment fostered by Philbin and the Dolphins.
DO_WORK_SON said 11/12, 04:31 PM
Temper their support for Incognito?
You've got to be joking. Martin walked out on the team, plain and simple. Such a volatile, emotional head case is not to be trusted. Why would the Miami Dolphins even want him back?
Why would/should the players do anything but give their support to Incognito? Martin essentially betrayed everyone. In the military, we have a phrase for how some situations should be handled - "in house." If you can keep the bigwigs out of your chili, you do it.
This was not a situation that needed public attention. Martin leaving in such a public way and sharing his unfounded frustration made it impossible for the organization to handle it "in house."
Martin deserves every bit of negative publicity he gets for acting like a child. The Miami players deserve to have their opinion voiced regarding the situation. Who could give a better idea of what was really going on to the public than the players involved?
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