|Dolphins Player Allegedly Endured 'Malicious Physical Attack'|
|By MATT GUTMAN (@mattgutmanABC)||Nov 8, 2013, 1:53 AM|
A lawyer for Miami Dolphins player Jonathan Martin, who was allegedly bullied by teammate Richie Incognito, says his client endured a "malicious physical attack" in addition to harassment from unnamed teammates that went far beyond the traditional locker room hazing.
Attorney David Cornwell, who has defended such athletes as Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun, made the allegations in a statement Thursday night. Cornwell's statement alleges that an unidentified Dolphins player made a vulgar comment about having sex with Martin's sister.
Cornwell's statement makes no mention of Incognito.
"Jonathan Martin's toughness is not at issue," Cornwell said in his statement. "Jonathan has started every game with the Miami Dolphins since he was drafted in 2012.
"The issue is Jonathan's treatment by his teammates. Jonathan endured harassment that went far beyond the traditional locker room hazing. ... 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. These facts are not in dispute," hel added.
Incognito was suspended by the Dolphins Sunday for conduct detrimental to the team amid accusations he bullied and used racially charged terms against Martin.
"I'm just trying to weather the storm right now," Incognito told a Florida reporter Tuesday. "This will pass."
Incognito's representatives have not responded to ABC News' request for comment.
Cornwell's statements came after ABC News affiliate WPLG-TV uncovered a police report in which Incognito is accused of harassing a female volunteer at a Dolphins golf tournament in 2012. The woman reportedly told police that Incognito had been drinking at the event. No charges were ever filed against Incognito after the alleged incident, the station reported.
The police report detailed how Incognito allegedly harassed a 34-year-old female volunteer at the Turnberry Resort & Club in Aventura in May 2012, according to WPLG.
Incognito "used his golf club to touch her by rubbing it up against her vagina, then up her stomach then to her chest. He then used the club to knock a pair of sunglasses off the top of her head," the report states.
"After that, he proceeded to lean up against her buttocks with his private parts as if dancing, saying 'Let it rain! Let it rain!'" according to the police report. "He finally finished his inappropriate behavior by emptying bottled water in her face."
The woman has declined to talk because she had signed a confidentiality agreement, WPLG reported.
As for Martin, he has since left the team and reportedly checked himself into a hospital last week seeking treatment for emotional distress. Martin was spotted leaving his parents' Los Angeles home Thursday.
Dolphins' players have defended Incognito and praised him as a loyal teammate with leadership skills. Teammates have been less passionate in their support of Martin, saying he and Incognito behaved like best friends.
"They did a lot of stuff together," tackle Tyson Clabo said. "So if he had a problem with the way he was treating him, he had a funny way of showing it."
Quarterback Ryan Tannehill said, "If you had asked Jon Martin a week before who his best friend on the team was, he would have said Richie Incognito.
"The first guy to stand up for Jonathan when anything went down on the field, any kind of tussle, Richie was the first guy there. When they wanted to hang out outside of football, who was together? Richie and Jonathan," he added.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.