Jonathan Martin meets with NFL investigators; Richie Incognito files grievance against Dolphins

via New York Daily News
via New York Daily News

via New York Daily News

Estranged Miami Dolphin Jonathan Martin spent almost seven hours providing details to the NFL counsel that is investigating his claims of harassment by his teammates on the Dolphins. Following the meeting, Martin read a statement saying he still wants to play football and won’t be discussing this matter further.

“Although I went into great detail with Mr. Ted Wells and his team, I do not intend to discuss this matter publicly at this time,” Martin said. “This is the right way to handle the situation.

“Beyond that, I look forward to working through the process and resuming my career in the National Football League.”

Meanwhile, Richie Incognito has filed a grievance against the team over his suspension, claiming his conduct was part of the normal locker-room environment.

Under Article 42 of the collective bargaining agreement, the maximum a player can be suspended by a team for detrimental conduct is four weeks plus an additional game check. In this case, that would amount to $1,276,470.59.

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross still plans to meet with Martin. Initially a meeting was set for Wednesday, however the NFL wanted Martin to speak with their investigative team first.

At Dolphins practice Friday, long snapper John Denney, the team’s players’ union representative, was asked about problems.

“I can’t say I saw it firsthand because I’m not an offensive lineman, and I’m not in their offensive line room. I can tell you from my perspective, and having been in this locker room, I never saw it coming,” he said. “I can say that. It was a surprise to me. There did not seem to be an increase in behavioral problems. It’s been the same here my entire career.”