NEW YORK – Jonathan Martin spent nearly seven hours going into great detail with the NFL counsel investigating his claims of his harassment in the Miami Dolphins’ locker room. What came up in their talks, he isn’t saying for now.
He would say this: He still wants to play in the NFL.
Martin – in town because the league is trying to gather information about the bullying he says he was subjected to by teammate Richie Incognito – arrived at the Manhattan office building of special investigator Ted Wells on Friday morning and didn’t emerge until shortly after sunset. Mobbed by media, he stood in the camera lights and read a statement.
Although I went into great detail with Mr. Ted Wells and his team, I do not intend to discuss this matter publicly at this time, Martin said. This is the right way to handle the situation.
Beyond that, I look forward to working through the process and resuming my career in the National Football League.
After that, he and attorney David Cornwell went back into the building, later leaving through a side exit.
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross also plans to meet with Martin, who said Friday that he will indeed get together with the Dolphins’ front office.
Hall of Famer dies
Hall of Fame offensive lineman Mike McCormack died Friday in Palm Desert, Calif. He was 83.
McCormack played, coached and held several executive positions in the NFL, including president of the Carolina Panthers.
McCormack spent 12 seasons with the Cleveland Browns, helping the franchise win NFL championships in 1954 and 1955. He played with Otto Graham and blocked for running back Jim Brown.
McCormack later coached the Philadelphia Eagles (1973-75), Baltimore Colts (1980-81) and Seattle Seahawks (1982). He served as president and general manager of the Seahawks.
Browns find trophy
Back in the day, the Cleveland Browns ruled pro football.
And, finally, they have a trophy to prove it.
The team recovered a lost championship trophy from 1946, when the Browns won the first of four consecutive All-American Football Conference titles.
The handsome 3-foot-tall trophy was one of two awarded to the team after the Browns won their first title in the defunct AAFC, four years before they joined the NFL. It was found in a box in the garage of the grandson of one of the team’s former minority owners in Raleigh, N.C.
The 1946 trophies are the only ones believed to exist for the team’s eight championships.
League reveals fines
Atlanta safety William Moore and Miami linebacker Philip Wheeler were each fined more than $20,000 by the NFL for illegal hits during games last weekend.
Moore was docked $22,050 for hitting Seattle wide receiver Golden Tate in the head and neck area Sunday.
Wheeler was fined $21,000 for his hit in the head and neck area of Tampa Bay quarterback Mike Glennon last Monday night.