Dolphins' player Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito were 'best friends' says teammate, as it emerges 'bullied' player checked himself into hospital for 'emotional distress'
11/7/2013 12:15:00 PM
Miami Dolphins player Jonathan Martin was best friends both on and off the field with his alleged tormentor-in-chief Richie Incognito, claims the team's quarterback.
Martin walked out on the Dolphins last week after reportedly suffering a catalogue of abuse, including a racist voice mail message, from guard Incognito, who has been suspended.
But according to quaterback Ryan Tannehill, far from being enemies, the pair were in fact close friends who would 'hang out' together off the field.
'The first guy to stand up for Jonathan when anything went down on the field, any kind of tussle, Richie was the first guy there.
'When they wanted to hang out outside of football, who was together? Richie and Jonathan.'
After leaving the team last week, Martin briefly checked himself into a South Florida hospital to be treated for emotional distress.
The Dolphins's management arranged for his parents to travel to South Florida from their home in California where he is now staying.
His father Gus told omg! Insider: 'He's a strong man. He's doing fine.'
According to one source, who did not wish to be named, Martin had considered giving up the sport because he was mistreated by other offensive linemen.
The source added Martin, who sought counseling for emotional issues, now plans to continue playing.
Incognito was reportedly told by coaches to 'toughen up' Martin when he subjected his teammate to abusive voice mail and texts messages.
It has been revealed that after Martin missed two days of organized team activities (OTAs) last spring, coaches encouraged Incognito, the offensive line's undisputed leader, to 'get [Martin] into the fold.'