MIAMI (CBSMiami) – After more than a week of silence, the NFL Players Association finally issued a statement on the Richie Incognito/Jonathan Martin/Miami Dolphins situation and said it wants a fair investigation.
“We expect that the NFL and its clubs create a safe and professional workplace for all players and that owners, executives, coaches and players should set the best standards and examples. It is the duty of this union to hold the clubs and teams accountable for safety and professionalism in the workplace.”
The statement continued, “As the representative organization of all players, the NFLPA will insist on a fair investigation for all involved. We will continue to remain in contact with the impacted players, their representatives and player leadership.”
The NFLPA will be in an untenable position in the case of having to defend the rights of Incognito while also defending Martin from the alleged harassment of Incognito.
The NFLPA will also have to focus on the coaches and staff members of the Miami Dolphins and try to get to the bottom of the famous question of, “What did you know and when did you know it?”
Much of the focus will be on offensive line coach Jim Martin who would have daily access to both Incognito and Martin in team meetings and could have been the first line of defense against any hazing/bullying that was going over the line.