When NBC’s Pro Football Talk recently published an interview with Jonathan Martin, we knew we were in for an opinionated, biased account of Martin’s worldview right from the get go.
The very first sentence called Martin a “victim,” which told us all we needed to know about how one-sided and dishonest the article would be.
For some reason, a school had Martin come in to talk to 7th graders. Why on earth would a school do this? What can Martin possibly talk about? Quitting? Getting cut? Being traded for next to nothing? What else does he bring to the table?
Right off the bat, the thing that interested me was Martin accidentally letting his guard down. He fully admitted to the kids that “I’ve known ever since I was a kid that I was different…” That means, he explained, that “you get sad easier than other people,” and he admitted that “I get anxiety to go along with that.”
So he’s had issues since he was a kid, yet somehow Rochie Incognito is to blame. Was Richie trolling a 6-year-old Martin? Was Richie to blame at such an early age? No. This is a grown man who admits his own emotional issues. He should leave it at that. Period.
I would lay off of Martin forever if he ever just said, “I failed as a Dolphin because of my lifelong emotional issues, which I freely admit to.” But no. Martin doesn’t blame himself. We know who he blames. Who he continues to blame.
I wasn’t in the classroom, so I don’t know if Martin told the kids about his drug and alcohol usage, the vile text messages he sent to Richie, the strippers and hookers he spoke about, or any other such items that came out in the Wells Report. I guess not. Martin mums up when it comes time to criticizing Martin.