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Report: Jonathan Martin went AWOL at OTAs, Dolphins ignored issues

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Jonathan Martin reportedly went AWOL during Dolphins OTAs.
Jonathan Martin reportedly went AWOL before the season began. (USATSI)

The Jonathan Martin hazing saga is like a giant onion. Layers are being peeled off quickly and the closer we get to the center of it, the worse it stinks. The latest rumors about the Dolphins brass asking Richie Incognito to "toughen up" Martin are the smelliest. And the odor isn't helped by a report that Martin went AWOL during offseason training activities before this season.

And according to Jason Cole of the National Football Post, the Dolphins "ignored early warning signs of problems" with Martin and Incognito during that time by not speaking with Martin when he didn't show up for OTAs.

"They would have found out that he was already feeling threatened by the situation,” a source told Cole. “There was already a problem, but they didn't ask him what was bother him."

This is when, as reported earlier by the South Florida Sun Sentinel, the coaches (allegedly) told Incognito to toughen up Martin.

All of this is allegation at this point. The public back-and-forth subsided once the actual investigation began. Even Incognito is simply trying to "weather the storm." But the more we start to hear what is filtering out about this case, the worse it looks for Dolphins management. The idea that they could have prevented this fiasco months ago is particularly damning.

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