NFL Commissioner Calls for a Formal Investigation on Bullying

Did Miami Dolphins coaches encourage Ritchie Incognito to "toughen up" Jonathan Martin?
3:50 | 11/06/13

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Tonight we begin with a big development in the story that has redefined what it is to be bullied in america. The nfl is taking action after that 6'5" player quit the team and is drawing up allegations against his 319-pound teammate. Tonight a question, were some of the coaches in on it? Abc's steve osunsami starts us off with the very latest on this growing story. Reporter: The accusations are so explosive, the nfl commissioner late today called for a formal investigation. Were miami dolphin coaches, the ones encouraging veteran lineman richie incognito told to toughen up jonathan martin. Martin checked himself into a hospital for emotional stress. Joe fill bin defended the team. Since the day I walked in these doors it's been one of honesty, respect and accountability to one another. Reporter: Incognito has a well earned reputation. In this video circulating from a sports bar, his famous short fuse is on dis explain. He's accused of sending racial slurs and voice mails. There is no room for bullying in this league. Reporter: Former coach her man edward says bullying has no place in the locker room. I never asked a player to toughen someone up. I always felt that was the coach's job to do. Reporter: On sports radio came in bombshell from legend warren sapp. He kicks me and calls me a word and says oh, you want me to punch you into the mouth. The quarterback says he was surprised the two had a beef. Richie said john is like my little brother. That's an accurate depiction. He gave him a hard time, messed with him but he was the first one there to have his back. Reporter: Tuesday incognito shared this with a miami television station. I'm trying to weather the storm. This will pass. Jonathan martin's father came out today saying his son is doing fine. He's a strong man. He's doing fine. Reporter: Tonight martin is resting in california and prepping a full report for the nfl. Diane? And we're joined by espn sr. Nfl analyst chris marchtonson. Thanks so much for being part of the team leading the way. What are you hearing and what do you know about how many teams across this country blur the lines between hazing and something that is not to be tolerated? Well, you hear probably a handful of teams. Sometimes you raise your eyebrows. Sometimes it's the taping of a rookie to a goal post and dumping ice on him and some believe that's going too far. In terms of classic bullying, i don't know. What about jonathan martin tonight? What are you hearing about him? Here he is 312 pounds and everyone saying he's drawing up documents tonight. If he couldn't fight this, who can? First of all, he was stanford educated. He went to a prep school. He grew up in different environment than the normal classic football player. When this happened last week he checked himself into the hospital for emotional distress. His coach actually visited him near midnight. He never disclosed any of this to his head coach at that time. His parents came out and took him back to california where as you just said he is preparing a very specific document, lengthy document to present to the exclusive direct ter.

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