JMart - The New Face of PTSD
Ever since the whole Jmart story has descended upon the Dolphins, I have been blown away by the fact that this story has been so popular considering that nearly every corporation in America has a helpline that's confidential and allows you to air any grievances in a safe and protected manner. If I was dealing with inappropriate matters at work and just left, didn't return, and then began airing out those grievances through "sources" over news networks I would imagine there would be lots of blow back and I would end up looking like the schmuck.
It's not always about whether you are right in your cause, but how you actually go about addressing the problem. Essentially, any NFL player can twist and contort an NFL team to his will by simply keeping track of a few "out of context" messages and texts in order to guarantee their pay and break their contract.
Now to the point of this post. Ever since Jmart's lawyer came out by saying PTSD, it might sound good for "damages" in their lawsuit but I think it opens up a serious can of worms because if the pictures above are any indication, I would be hard pressed to say this man is dealing with the issues on the chart below.
Now we usually talk about PTSD when dealing with veterans from our combat forces and for good reason. Whether it's taking a life or having a life taken away in your presence, I can imagine the above chart easily being played out.
Now when comparing JMart's issues, where on the above chart does "not paying $15,000 for a Las Vegas trip" fit in? Does playing football constitute having repeat "activating events" where every player that's ever been hit or torn a ligament can say they had "pain" which led to "confusion" & "guilt"? So is a class action lawsuit coming now from every NFL player stating they have PTSD after their career in the NFL?
I'm sorry, but I think everyone would agree that playing football in the NFL comes nowhere close to being in the military. That said, using the term PTSD by JMart's lawyer is not only disrespectful to those who actually have PTSD but tips their hand at the true motivation. The minute those words came out, along with the above photos, I believe they lost all credibility in the public eye.
Simply using hot topic words like "Bully" and "PTSD" does not exhonorate Jonathan Martin from his culpability in how the situation was handled, especially when an investigation will bring to light all of the facts...Good or Bad.