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November 6, 2013

Dolphins' Incognito says he's trying to 'weather the storm'

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Philbin said he spoke to Martin and his family regularly after Martin left the team last Monday but that he did not hear of any allegations against other Dolphins players until Martin’s representatives brought it to Miami’s attention Sunday. That’s when the voice mails were given to the Dolphins and Incognito was suspended.

“The reason why coaches in this league are great is because they care about the players,” said Carter, who lives in Boca Raton. “The reason why (Martin) didn’t want to talk to (Philbin) when they met is because he didn’t trust him. When a young kid can’t go to a coach and tell him what’s happening to him, that’s how guys get weeded out in this league.”

Redskins linebacker London Fletcher told The Washington Post that he blamed the Dolphins veteran players for not doing enough to make Martin feel comfortable.

“I know Incognito is the one who is, I guess, the main culprit,” Fletcher said. “But I think probably he’s not the only guy that will end up coming out as being a guy who was giving Jonathan Martin a hard time, going beyond what the norm is.

“I’m real disappointed in the leadership in the locker room down there in Miami.”

But former Dolphins running back Ricky Williams, who himself had personality disorder issues while in the NFL and retired during the prime of his career because of issues with marijuana, told CNN “the NFL isn’t for everyone.”

Upon returning to the NFL, Williams played one season with Incognito in Miami.

“I see this kid (Martin), a very intelligent kid, his parents are attorneys, he went to Stanford and had these expectations about what the NFL would be,” Williams said. “If you look at his career, he really hasn’t had as much success as he wanted to have, and things have been tough. And I’m sure things got out of hand with him and Richie and now we are where we are.”

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