Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito will forever be linked.
As the central figures of the 2013 bullying scandal that rocked the Miami Dolphins – Martin the abused and Incognito one of the main abusers – their careers have gone in vastly different directions. Martin has washed out of professional football, retiring from the Carolina Panthers before the start of the 2015 season because of a back injury.
Incognito, meanwhile, has resurrected his career and made major repairs to his image. After the Buffalo Bills rescued him from NFL exile with a one-year contract for the 2015 season, he rewarded them with a Pro Bowl year. That earned him a new, three-year contract from the team that could pay him more than $15 million.
On the surface, it appears to be a perfect match. Incognito seems to have excellent relationships with his current teammates. His performance on the field has won over many Bills fans. He's a stand-up guy with the media.
Any issues dating back to his time in Miami seem to have been buried.
Martin, however, is in no hurry to forgive Incognito. He made that clear in an interview recently with USA Today.
“Like I said in the Wells report, and like I’ve said before, at a certain level we were friends. We hung out. That’s fact," he told the paper. "He’s got his own issues like I had issues with depression related to dealing with all their BS, but I don’t even know if Richie wants to be a bad person.
"Part of me thinks he just is because he’s allowed to be in the realm he occupies. It’s weird because we still have mutual friends. I have no desire to ever see or talk to him. I’ll get nothing from it. That’s in the past. I don’t know what his thoughts are and I don’t really care, honestly.”
Martin made his remarks during an interview recently that followed a presentation he made at an Oakland, Calif., middle school for Beyond Differences, an organization focused on eliminating social isolation. Since retiring, Martin has earned his degree from Stanford. He hasn't ruled out trying to play in the NFL again one day.
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