Inside the locker room, meanwhile, Dolphins players publicly supported both Incognito and Martin. None of the team’s first-year players who spoke Monday said they had ever encountered instances of extreme hazing. Martin was not in his first year, but he was a young player.
Many Dolphins players had only good things to say about Incognito.
A source within the extended Miami Dolphins family told the Miami Herald that, by and large, the team is more in Incognito’s corner than Martin’s.
Not long after Martin stormed out of the team’s training complex Oct. 28, the source continued, he reached out to all of the Dolphins’ linemen via text message. The gist of the message was that Martin would be away for a while, but would come back better.
When Martin formally took his concerns to team management, the players felt he broke an unwritten rule, the source said.
And players were far more understanding of Incognito’s vile string of messages than was the outside world, the source continued.
Many of the players don’t see it as a bullying issue, the source said.
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