DAVIE (CBSMiami) – Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Jonathan Martin will not be rejoining the team anytime soon and will remain in Los Angeles, his hometown, where he is currently receiving counseling and waiting for the NFL investigation to finish, according to CBSSports.com.
Martin is working with specialists and will wait until they clear him to return before considering coming back to the Fins. Martin left the Fins last week amidst reports of bullying and hazing.
Since he left, the Dolphins have indefinitely suspended left guard Richie Incognito and launched an internal investigation and asked the NFL to open an independent investigation into the alleged bullying which reports now say include racist and threatening text messages and voice mails from Incognito.
The suspension by the Dolphins, for conduct detrimental to the team, will last for a maximum of four weeks. Incognito has previously said he will fight any allegations and could appeal his suspension as well.
Martin claimed prolonged verbal abuse and threats from Incognito, but didn’t share texts and voice mails with family members and his representatives until Sunday, according to CBSSPorts.com. Martin later shared the evidence with the Dolphins who then suspended Incognito indefinitely.
The situation for the Dolphins is taking a toll on the team’s public image and on the offensive line. Martin played literally alongside Incognito through the first six games of the season at left tackle. Martin was switched to right tackle for two games before leaving the team.
Now, the Fins are without two starting offensive linemen as the team prepares for the second-half of the season. Miami is currently .500 with a 4-4 record on the season.
What hasn’t been determined is how much, if any, of Martin’s salary will he lose for leaving the team.