Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Jonathan Martin isn't returning to the team anytime soon. Martin is expected to be placed on the non-football injury (NFI) list this week following his departure from the team for emotional reasons, and the Dolphins organization will deal with stories suggesting systemic issues of how their young players are treated.
Incognito took exception to the reporting.
The entire Martin issue will be looked at closely by the NFL Players Association in the coming weeks. NFL Media's Jeff Darlington spoke with NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith on Sunday.
"We believe our job at the NFL Players Association is to do our best to take care of all of our players," Smith said. "So we'll continue to look at the situation. I expect our players to be good men on the field and good men in the locker room."
Making the rookies pay for dinners is an NFL tradition. Many in Miami will explain these allegations with the statement: "It happens everywhere."
Perhaps that makes the entire story worth a closer examination, not something to be dismissed.
UPDATE: The league released an official statement on the situation Sunday:
"We have been in contact with the team on this matter since last week and we will conduct a thorough review."