The attorney representing Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin issued a statement defending his client late Thursday night, and included an alleged threat made by an unnamed teammate of Martin.
Attorney David Cornwell objected to those questioning Martin's toughness, and stressed that the Dolphins' 2012 second-round pick was a victim of constant harassment.
According to Cornwell, an unnamed Dolphins player told Martin that a group of his teammates were going to have sex with his sister.
“We are going to run train on your sister,” the player told Martin, according to Cornwell. “She loves me. I am going to (have sex with) her without a condom....”
Cornwell stressed that Martin had started every NFL game he's played the past two years, and was a three year starter at Stanford, where he played for a Jim Harbaugh team that played a physical 'smash mouth' brand of football.
“Jonathan Martin’s toughness is not at issue," Cornwell stated. “The issue is Jonathan’s treatment by his teammates. Jonathan endured harassment that went far beyond the traditional locker room hazing. For the entire season-and-a-half that he was with the Dolphins, he attempted to befriend the same teammates who subjected him to the abuse with the hope that doing so would end the harassment. This is a textbook reaction of victims of bullying.
"Despite these efforts, the taunting continued. Beyond the well-publicized voice mail with its racial epithet, Jonathan endured a malicious physical attack on him by a teammate, and daily vulgar comments such as the quote.... These facts are not in dispute.
“Eventually, Jonathan made a difficult choice. Despite his love for football, Jonathan left the Dolphins. Jonathan looks forward to getting back to playing football. In the meantime, he will cooperate fully with the NFL investigation."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun