Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bullies Shouldn't Be Seen as Heroes

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bullies Shouldn't Be Seen as Heroes

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You might have heard that Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Jonathan Martin left his team because of the way some of his teammates treated him. It has been reported that Dolphins all-pro offensive lineman Richie Incognito and maybe other players made fun of Martin and called him names. They also threatened him and made him and some Miami rookies -- Martin is in his second year -- pay for expensive meals for the older players.

The Dolphins removed Incognito from the team. The NFL is investigating the incident. That's good, because there is a lot we don't know about this strange situation.

For example, some Dolphins players say that Incognito is a good teammate. Incognito said he was Martin's friend. It has been reported that Incognito's teasing was meant to help toughen up Martin for the NFL.

There is always some teasing and joking between friends and teammates. But when a player -- whether in the NFL or on a kids team -- repeatedly does things that embarrass or hurt a teammate's feelings, he is not being a good teammate. …

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