Jonathan Martin Placed On Non-Football Illness List, Ending Season

Jonathan Martin has been placed on the reserve/non-football illness list on Saturday, ending the season for the embattled Miami Dolphins offensive lineman.

Martin has been away from the team since leaving abruptly on October 28, claiming that he could no longer play in a locker room atmosphere that had grown toxic.

Later Martin released details of alleged bullying, claiming veteran players forced rookies to pick up expensive restaurant tabs and that his fellow linemen forced him to pay $15,000 toward a Las Vegas trip he did not attend.

Much of the blame focused on Richie Incognito, an often troubled player who Jonathan Martin claimed led the bullying. After leaving the team, Martin and his lawyer released transcript of a voice mail message in which Incognito called the biracial Martin a “half-ni**er” and threatened to kill him.

After the transcript was released, a handful of members of the Dolphins defended Incognito, saying that he and Martin often spoke to each other that way. They also said that Martin played the voice mail message for other players and had laughed about it.

Incognito said much of the same, claiming in an interview that he and Martin were friends and he never had an inkling that Martin was bothered.

Incognito was suspended November 3 from the team. The league allows for a player to be suspended up to four weeks for conduct detrimental to a team, and sources say that the Dolphins and Incognito have worked out a deal that would keep him suspended but allow him to be paid through the end of the year.

The Dolphins are still conducing an investigation into the reported bullying.

After Jonathan Martin was placed on the reserve/non-football illness list, the Dolphins freed up a roster spot that was then used to call safety D.J. Campbell up from the practice squad.

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