Bullying is becoming a growing problem in our nation, and I personally don’t see the need for it.
Nothing good ever comes from bullying and over time the victim just can’t take any more.
Sometimes the ending result is horrific and sometimes the ending result is a learning lesson for all.
It took one and a half years for Jonathan Martin to finally say no to the bullying he had been receiving ever since he was drafted.
Martin left the Dolphins headquarters on Monday after being plagued by persistent teasing and bullying from some of his offensive line teammates.
The breaking point for Martin was when he attempted to sit down with his teammates for lunch. As he was sitting down to join them, the group of players stood up and left, this led Martin smashing his tray and walking out the door.
The timetable for his return is unknown and he was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list. How will this affect his future with the franchise?
This is very unlike Martin, who is a graduate of Stanford and the son of two lawyers who are Harvard graduates themselves. Martin has tried to deal with the situation, especially when the insults turned into the personal and family insults. Martin also did not appreciate the nickname of “Big Weirdo.”
It’s also assumed that the Dolphins were aware of the cruel treatment towards Martin from teammates was well above the customary hazing. The Dolphins and Joe Philbin have declined to comment on the situation to any of the leading sports networks.
Martin had no backup in the situation. His hazing was seen in the 2012 season of the HBO show Hard Knocks, his organization knew about the bullying and appeared to do nothing about it, and his veteran teammates failed to step up for him and draw a line.
Bullying is wrong and has no place in today’s society. The Dolphins need to grow up, they’re not in high school anymore.