If you have no idea who Jonathan Martin is, he’s the Miami Dolphins lineman who left the team after being harassed in his workplace by teammate–and by many accounts, seriously fucked up individual–Richie Incognito (Incognito has since been suspended). Here’s what I mean by workplace harassment:
Hey, wassup, you half-n—-r piece of shit. I saw you on Twitter, you been training 10 weeks. [I want to] shit in your fucking mouth. [I’m going to] slap your fucking mouth. [I’m going to] slap your real mother across the face [laughter]. Fuck you, you’re still a rookie. I’ll kill you.
What I don’t understand is how Martin was supposed to stop this (boldface mine):
Martin was confused. He probably thought the bullying and hazing would pass after his rookie season. He wanted to fit in and make it in the NFL. The paycheck is incredible. He tried to laugh off the abuse and disrespect. He participated in it. He coughed up $15,000 for a trip to Las Vegas he didn’t want to take.
Finally he snapped. He wasn’t raised to be a full-blown idiot. He was raised to think and solve problems with his mind. He was savvy enough to figure out a physical confrontation with Incognito was a no-win situation. It wouldn’t curb Incognito’s behavior or change the culture inside the Miami locker room. It would confirm it. In order to win the fight, Martin would have to physically harm Incognito. It would not be a one-punch or two-punch fight.
I suppose Martin could have brought a gun to the locker room. After all, guns solve everything.