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Dolphins on Jonathan Martin: 'Bullying is based on speculation'

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

The Dolphins say 'bullying is based on speculation' with Jonathan Martin.
The Dolphins say 'bullying is based on speculation' with Jonathan Martin. (USATSI)

Since October 28 when he left the Dolphins, there's been ample speculation on Jonathan Martin's departure. Much of that speculation's centered around the idea that Martin was bullied. But the Dolphins don't believe that's the case.

The team issued a statement on Sunday morning stating that "the notion of bullying is based on speculation" and also confirmed the NFLPA is not, contrary to reports, investigating the team.

"The Miami Dolphins, including Coach Joe Philbin and Jonathan's teammates, have been in communication with Jonathan and his family since his departure from the club and continue to be in contact," the Dolphins said in a statement released Sunday. "Our primary concern for Jonathan is his overall health and well-being. As an organization, we take any accusations of player misconduct seriously.

"The notion of bullying is based on speculation and has not been presented to us as a concern from Jonathan or anyone else internally. The reports that the NFLPA is investigating our players are inaccurate. Additionally, the NFL offered its assistance during this time, which we appreciated and gladly accepted."

"We will continue to make Jonathan's health and well-being a focus as we do with all of our players."

Late last week, Martin wrote on his Facebook page that we shouldn't "believe everything you read," leading many to believe that Martin was not, in fact, involved in a bullying situation.

But the idea that the Dolphins don't have a timetable for his return is still very bizarre. So too is the constant speculation that Richie Incognito was involved in whatever the situation is. There's a ton of smoke when it comes to speculation about bullying in Martin's situation.

The Dolphins insist that there's no fire.

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