This article looks at the ‘bullying’ issue between Miami Dolphins players Incognito and Martin. Just to give a brief rundown there are allegations made toward Incognito for sending racial text messages and voicemails as well as just having a “bully” mentality in the locker room. This article looks at the issue from the stand point of- why did no teammates intervene if they were aware of Incognito’s behaviour. Reading about this issue I have to agree that there does in fact appear to be a lack of leadership in the locker room. To allow an issue to get to the point where one teammate had to take time off for emotional counseling just seems a little bit ridiculous and that there shouldn’t be issue such as this in a professional league like the NFL. This is something I could see happening at a minor league level, but I choose to think- and maybe it is a little bit naive of me- but older men should not be acting this way and causing problems like this, they shouldn’t escalate to this point. I know that the media analysis given in class kind of allowed you to see both sides of the issue, and also revealed other information that wasn’t acknowledged in this article about incognito but I still strongly believe someone should have stepped in or Martin should have tried to speak to someone about the issues that were occurring. I know that to go to the coach would be difficult for a grown man, but his mental health is now in question and he has to go to counseling because of the problems in the locker room. I know a male locker room can and probably is much different than a female locker room but I know that playing hockey, and growing up in the locker room there was always a leader who did step in when necessary. I also know, from having a brother who has and continues to play hockey his entire life has seen similar issues in the locker room, but never to this extent. I think at the end of the article when Eric Wood of the Buffalo Bills talks about the issue, the point he makes about using racial slurs and the language that Incognito did use with Martin is just unnecessary and in today’s society it is so unacceptable- but I think that is another issue to touch upon another time. I think the Dolphins really do need to analyze their staff and review the leadership factor in the locker room and see how far this issue of lack of leadership extends into the coaching and front office staff.
I am curious as to what other people think about this issue. If it is something they have experienced in their own lives growing up, playing sports. I know and am well aware of the fact that bullying is an issue and always will be- even in adulthood, however if these athletes are supposed to be role models for young children they really need to get their stuff together and not pull stunts like this- in my opinion. I know some may not see this as a bullying case, so I would love to hear others opinions on this topic!