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And Another Thing

Associated Press
Richie Incognito

Dolphins: A mess in Miami

Look, I don't know what's going on in Miami, and neither does anyone else outside the Dolphins' locker room. But it's time to stop looking askance at offensive lineman Jonathan Martin, who left the team last week after what was apparently relentless bullying.

The consensus I heard in at least one place last week, and I won't say where: The guy needs to man up, quit being a baby, yada-yada-yada.

Well, apparently there's something more to this than just the run-of-the-mill hazing of younger players that's gone in the NFL since time immemorial.

Now comes word that the Dolphins have suspended offensive lineman Richie Incognito, a notorious bad actor, after reports that he allegedly left threatening voice mails with Martin after Martin walked out. The team, players union and league are all looking into it.

And that's not all. Apparently a rift has developed between the younger players and the veterans because the veterans have continually dipped into the younger players pockets to pay for meals, visits to strip clubs, even a trip to Las Vegas. Again, this has been a common practice in the NFL since time immemorial, but apparently not to this extent.

And, sure, you can put this all down to the sissification of America, as certain individuals did within my earshot last week. Or you can take the opposite tack, which is that the Dolphins' younger players are manning up, as opposed to just meekly taking it the way their predecessors did.

I know which version I prefer. And I also know something else.

Wouldn't want to be around the Dolphins locker room these days. I bet it's a real pleasant place to be.

Ben Smith's blog.