by Jason Cole
November 07, 02013
Attorney David Cornwell, who has been retained by Dolphins offensive tackle Jonathan Martin, issued a statement in defense of his client. Cornwell took issue with the sentiment that ques-tioned Martin’s toughness, saying that Martin was a victim of constant harassment.
Cornwell also included another example of one of those statements. According to Cornwell, an unnamed Dolphins player told Martin that the players were going to have sex with Martin’s 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 and (ejaculate) in her (vagina).”
Cornwell then issued the following statement.
“Jonathan Martin’s toughness is not at issue. Jonathan has started every game with the Miami Dolphins since he was drafted in 2012. At Stanford, he was the anchor for Jim Harbaugh’s ‘smash mouth’ brand of football and he protected Andrew Luck’s blind side,” Cornwell said.
“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. De-spite these efforts, the taunting continued. Beyond the well-publicized voice mail with its racial epi-thet, Jonathan endured a malicious physical attack on him by a teammate, and daily vulgar com-ments such as the quote at the bottom. 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.
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