Report: Dolphins player nearly broke after paying for teammates

By Ryan Wilson |

Whether tackle Jonathan Martin was the victim of bullying isn't the only issue affecting the Dolphins. The Miami Herald's Adam Beasley tweeted Sunday that one young defensive player has nearly gone broke because he's been pressured to pay for older players.

Beasley adds: "When I talked about anger, dysfunction last week, this is what I was referring to. This issue extends far beyond the Martin situation."

Not helping. This tweet from Dolphins defensive lineman Jared Odrick:

Well that was awkward.

Apparently, this isn't an isolated incident. According to, one of the allegations being reviewed in the Martin case is that, last summer, guard Richie Incognito got Martin to contribue $15,000 to help finance a trip to Las Vegas by several Dolphins players -- even though Martin opted not to travel with the group. Instead, Martin allegedly gave Incognito the $15,000 because he feared the consquences of what might happen if he didn't.

It's worth noting that the NFLPA isn't investigating Incognito for bullying, and Incognito took to Twitter Sunday morning to implore ESPN to "stop slandering my name."

Look, making rookies pay the tab is nothing new in the NFL, but when players are being pressured to do it to the point where they're nearly broke then that's a problem. One exacerbated by the Martin saga, which doesn't appear to be going away anytime soon.

Two days ago, Dolphins coach Joe Philbin, reading from a statement, offered this on the Martin situation.

"I'm aware of this report, and I can say without question that we emphasize a culture of team first, accountability and respect for one another. Any behavior that deviates from that is inconsistent with the values of our organization. This is something that we take very seriously. It will not be tolerated."

If the latest report is true it's fair to wonder if Philbin is out of touch with what's really going on with his team.

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