Dolphins' player Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito were 'best friends' says teammate, as it emerges 'bullied' player checked himself into hospital for 'emotional distress'
Posted 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.'

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Posted By: Producer Thomas  
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