Jonathan Martin brings bullying back into the spotlight

August 30, 2015

The Boston Globe - Massachusetts
Jonathan Martin brings bullying back into the spotlight 

Jonathan Martin, victim of ugly, pernicious bullying by teammate Richie Incognito that forced him to leave the Miami Dolphins abruptly in 2013, revealed via Facebook and Twitter this past week that he has tried to commit suicide multiple times.

It was abundantly and painfully clear from Martin’s postings that the now-retired 6-foot-6-inch, 300-pound offensive tackle has lived with a world of hurt for years.


“Your self-perceived social inadequacy dominates your every waking moment and thought,’’ wrote the former Stanford standout. “You’re petrified of going to work. You either sleep 12, 14, 16 hours a day when you can, or not at all. You drink too much, smoke weed constantly, have trouble focusing on your job, playing the sport that you grew up possessed with.’’

Martin also noted not being “able to overcome the demons you carry with you from your middle school and high school experience.’’

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