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Report: Jonathan Martin hires high-profile sports lawyer

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

Jonathan Martin has hired high-profile sports lawyer David Cornwell. (USATSI)
Jonathan Martin has hired high-profile sports lawyer David Cornwell. (USATSI)

If the situation involving Jonathan Martin, Richie Incognito and the Dolphins turns into a legal battle, Martin is ready. Martin hired sports attorney David Cornwell on Thursday, according FoxSports.com. Cornwell will advise and represent Martin going forward.

If you follow sports, you've probably heard Cornwell's name before. The Atlanta-based lawyer has represented the likes of Ben Roethlisberger and Donte Stallworth, plus baseball stars Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun.

In Braun's case, Cornwell successfully got a 50-game suspension overturned in 2012, marking the first time a Major League Baseball player had successfully appealed a suspension.

In 2009, Cornwell was a candidate to become the executive director of the NFLPA, however that position went to DeMaurice Smith. And as you can tell in the tweet below from October, Cornwell isn't a big fan of the NFLPA now.

Cornwell isn't a fan of Smith's either, "I think he was a poor choice and I think he's done a poor job," Cornwell told USA Today in June. "I've expressed my opinions. It's up to agents and players to decide what to do about it."

Incognito also made some legal news on Thursday, the suspended Dolphins offensive lineman is expected to file a grievance against the Dolphins for losing his $235,294.12 weekly salary. Incognito doesn't get a paid while he's suspended and he's been suspended since Sunday.

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