The statement from attorney David Cornwell, who represents bullied Miami Dolphins player Jonathan Martin, is just the first of many ugly, nasty and horrible accusations in what has already been an ugly, nasty and horrible case.
This is just the beginning. Martin and his allies are not going to open a can of whoop ass. They're going to open Pandora's box. We have seen some of this already, but from what I'm told, there is much more.
This latest development takes the case in an entirely different direction. It shows that things in the Miami locker room might have been worse than we ever imagined.
"Jonathan endured harassment that went far beyond the traditional locker room hazing," Cornwell said in the statement released late Thursday night.
"For the entire season-and-a-half that he was with the Dolphins, he attempted to befriend the same teammates who subjected him to the abuse with the hope that doing so would end the harassment. This is a textbook reaction of victims of bullying. Despite these efforts, the taunting continued. Beyond the well-publicized voice mail with its racial epithet, Jonathan endured a malicious physical attack on him by a teammate, and daily vulgar comments such as the quote at the bottom. These facts are not in dispute."
This is that quote, allegedly directed at Martin by a Miami teammate, from the bottom of the statement: "We are going to run train on your sister...She loves me. I am going to f*** her without a condom and c** in her c***." (The quote as it appeared in the statement spelled out the first of the obscenities.)
Thus, Martin alleges that a Dolphins player threatened to be part of a gang rape of his sister.
Let that marinate for a bit.
Just when you thought this case could not get any uglier, it did. A source close to Martin said there are "numerous and serious" accusations against the Dolphins players and organization.
Martin could possibly meet with NFL special investigator Ted Wells next week, a source said. Martin may not only demonstrate harassment from players, but show that many in the coaching and management hierarchy knew about the alleged harassment as well.
Now, this is just one side of the story, but it's a powerful one.
There is something you also need to know about Cornwell. I've known him a long time and dealt with him extensively, and he has two powerful traits: He is fearless and is one of the toughest fighters I've ever known.
It's no coincidence this statement emerges just as a number of current and former Dolphins players basically backed Richie Incognito. Cornwell is now fighting back to protect his client.
And there will be even more of this. The ugliness is just beginning.
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