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Report: Jonathan Martin wants to play in NFL but not with Dolphins
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Report: Jonathan Martin wants to play in NFL but not with Dolphins

Report: Jonathan Martin wants to play in NFL but not with Dolphins
Photo Credit: Bill Feig
FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2013 file photo, Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito (68), second from left, and tackle Jonathan Martin (71), third from left, sit on the bench in the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans. Two people familiar with the situation say suspended Dolphins guard Incognito sent text messages to teammate Jonathan Martin that were racist and threatening. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Dolphins and NFL haven't disclosed the nature of the misconduct that led to Incognito's suspension. Martin remained absent from practice Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, one week after he suddenly left the team. (AP Photo/Bill Feig, File)

Report: Jonathan Martin wants to play in NFL but not with Dolphins

Offensive lineman Jonathan Martin wants to continue his NFL career, but not with the Dolphins, according to a report from ESPN.

Martin, who left the club Oct. 28 and has accused teammates of harassing him, considered his 1 1/2 seasons with the Dolphins unbearable, ESPN reported today, citing a source close to Martin.

In Martin’s view, his chief tormentor apparently was fellow offensive lineman Richie Incognito, who has been suspended. Incognito said on Fox-TV Sunday that he had considered Martin a friend and that the two had exchanged 1,142 text messages.

But the ESPN report said that Martin hated being picked on by teammates and that’s why he befriended them.

Since quitting the team, Martin has spoken only through representatives. The ESPN story said he wants to let time pass before he speaks up. He reportedly is with family in Southern California and receiving medical treatment for an undisclosed reason.

The Dolphins are playing the Buccaneers tonight (8:40, ESPN) in the first game since Incognito was suspended. Martin missed Miami’s Oct. 31 win against Cincinnati.

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross texted Martin last week to offer his support, a league source told ESPN.

Ross told Martin that he is committed to creating a professional environment.

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