Unrestricted free agent Bryant McKinnie has an interesting take on Johnathan Martin. McKinnie replaced Martin after he left the team saying he was being bullied.
McKinnie spoke about the situation recently on NFL radio and explained how he felt about Johnathan Martin’s situation. Here is some of what McKinnie had to say about Martin and if bullying should be used in this situation..
“I wasn’t even there long enough. I didn’t see enough for me to feel the need to step in,” McKinnie said. “I don’t feel like bullying is the term, because i don’t feel like anybody physically harmed [Martin]. He always had the option to say yes or no. It was never like he got bullied and feared for his life.”
“If things were going too far, definitely. I’m definitely one of those people like, ‘OK, like we’re doing too much. We’re losing focus.’ At the end of the day you’re there to win football games and prepare for games that week. You’re definitely going to feel like it’s becoming a distraction.”
“At the same time, it was something even the players themselves thought Jon was laughing with them, not really behind their back crying and getting depressed about the situation,” McKinnie said.”
McKinnie also feels that Martin should have spoke up and address the situation with the team instead of going public.
“I just felt like he went about it the wrong way and didn’t communicate properly with the proper people…at the Dolphins to handle that situation and make things go a little more smoothly,” McKinnie said. “It was never done in front of them, so they were kind of blinded by it. I don’t fault them for that.”
Despite some believing that Martin has a chance to return to the Dolphins, I really think that it will be very hard for him to convince a team to pick him up. I think this situation has ended his career.