Ted Wells released his report in to the Jonathan Martin/Richie Incognito bullying case and as could be expected it does not paint a very good picture.
The bullying claims have been confirmed even though Martin appeared to participate in the back and forth trash talk. However, according to the report Martin did so as a defense mechanism since he did not know how to handle the atmosphere in the Dolphins locker room after a life time of being bullied.
Most people would have simply blown Richie Incognito, Mike Pouncey, and John Jerry off, but Martin had never learned how to do so. In his report Wells describes Martin as a person that was bullied as early as middle-school on through high school before becoming a star football player.
Even though he has not been diagnosed with depression, Martin says that he is.
Where the report gets interesting is when it describes where Martin lays the blame for his shortcomings–his parents, the upper-middle class upbringing he had, and the quality schools that he attended. He told his mother as much last April in a text message (via USA Today):
“I figured out a major source of my anxiety. I’m a push over (sic), a people pleaser. I avoid confrontation whenever I can, I always want everyone to like me. I let people talk about me, say anything to my face, and I just take it, laugh it off, even when I know they are intentionally trying to disrespect me.
“I mostly blame the soft schools I went to. … I used to get verbally bullied every day in middle school and high school, by kids that are half my size. I would never fight back, just get sad & feel like no one wanted to be my friend, when in fact I was just being socially awkward. Most people in that situation are witty & quick with sarcastic replies, I never have been. I’m awkward around people a lot of the time because I simply don’t know how to act around them.”
Soft schools? So because he was able to live the good life growing up he can’t handle being allegedly bullied? Could it be that maybe he needs to take some blame himself rather than try to deflect it everywhere else?
Maybe. Whatever the reason is there is one thing that is clear–he is done playing professional football. There is not a team in the NFL that will want to have someone that can’t function in a less than perfect environment.