Jonathan Martin statement from lawyers

Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

The situation surrounding the Miami Dolphins took yet another turn tonight, when Jonathan Martin's lawyer released a statement on behalf of Martin.

Miami Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin hired lawyer David Cornwell earlier this week as Martin, the Dolphins, and guard Richie Incognito all try to find their way through the mess that Martin leaving the team and alleging player misconduct from Incognito, has become.  Here's the full text of that 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.

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.  Despite these efforts, the taunting continued.  Beyond the well-publicized voice mail with its racial epithet, Jonathan endured a malicious physical attack on him by a teammate, and daily vulgar comments 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.

Quote from teammate: "We are going to run train on your sister. . . . She loves me. I am going to f-k her without a condom and c- in her c-."

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