Adam Schefter on D&C: Dolphins OL Jonathan Martin ‘felt threatened, he felt harassed’ by teammate Richie Incognito
|11.04.13 at 9:50 am ET|
ESPN’s Adam Schefter joined Dennis & Callahan to discuss the ongoing Jonathan Martin bullying saga with the Dolphins, and the health issues of a pair of NFL coaches.
Miami announced on Sunday the indefinite suspension of offensive lineman Richie Incognito for his role in the alleged bullying of Martin, the Dolphins’ second-year lineman.
Martin left the team for emotional reasons last week, before Miami’s 22-20 overtime win against the Bengals on Thursday. A voicemail left by Incognito on Martin’s phone was the smoking gun, according to Schefter.
“They went over the transcripts of one voicemail last night, and made the determination to suspend Richie Incognito immediately,” Schefter said, adding: “Richie Incognito is on the Dolphins’ leadership council. … It’s unbelievable to think that he wielded his powers the way that he did.”
The reported trigger for Martin’s absence was a lunch room incident. According to ESPN, Incognito also approached Martin last summer to help fund a trip to Las Vegas with a group of Dolphins players. Martin donated $15,000 out of fear of retribution if he didn’t, but he never joined his teammates.
“We’ve seen in the NFL, veterans take rookies out and rookies picking up big dinner tabs and things of this sort,” Schefter said. “This went above and beyond that. This was an example where Jonathan Martin felt threatened, he felt intimidated, he felt harassed.”
It’s unknown when Martin will return to Miami, and how long Incognito’s suspension will last.
“The union is in a very difficult spot, because it is the union’s job to defend Richie Incognito,” Schefter said. “However, once the union gets a copy of this one particular voicemail, and the instances and text messages, the defense is going to be difficult to do.”
On Sunday night, Texans coach Gary Kubiak collapsed on the field as he headed back to the locker room at halftime of Houston’s 27-24 loss to the Colts.
“Gary Kubiak is in the hospital right now, they’re running more tests to determine what it was and what it wasn’t,” Schefter said. “I think that right now they think that dehydration was involved, but they’re testing for more significant issues. I’m told he feels good, he’s alert he’s conscious, he spent the night in the hospital, he’s going to be OK.”
Broncos coach John Fox experienced a medical issue with his heart on Saturday that will require surgery.
“John Fox is going to have surgery in the next couple of days on his aortic valve — basically open heart surgery,” Schefter said. “He’ll be out for a while, they don’t know how long. The Broncos are going to name an interim head coach this morning. All signs point to the defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, who’s got head coaching experience with the Jacksonville Jaguars.”
The Patriots defeated the Steelers on Sunday, 55-31. The 55 points allowed and 610 total yards allowed were franchise-worsts for Pittsburgh.
“I think there are going to be changes to the staff,” Schefter said. “I think that slowly but surely, you’ll start to hear more and more about issues between the offensive coordinator, Todd Haley, and Ben Roethlisberger.
Eagles quarterback Nick Foles returned from a concussion and tied an NFL record for touchdowns in a game on Sunday. He found his receivers in the end zone seven times in the Eagles’ 49-20 win at Oakland. Starting quarterback Michael Vick did not receive the start because of an injury to his hamstring.
“If Nick Foles is healthy, the Michael Vick era in Philadelphia is over,” Schefter said.
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