The alleged bullying involving Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin might have contributed to him thinking about walking away from the sport.
The New York Post reports that before Martin left the team saying he was bullied, he told multiple people that he was considering quitting football, two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. One of the people said Martin thought about giving up the sport because he was mistreated by other offensive linemen, but now plans to continue playing.
Another report that came out on Wednesday claims that Miami Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland was made aware of the alleged bullying involving Martin and Richie Incognito, and suggested that Martin try to resolve the matter by confronting his teammate physically, according to Fox News.
After the team practiced on Wednesday, many players stood up for Incognito and questioned why Martin left the team.
"I don't know why he's doing this," offensive tackle Tyson Clabo said. "And the only person who knows why, his name is Jonathan Martin."
Other players, including Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill said that Martin and Incognito were close.
"If you had asked Jon Martin a week before who his best friend on the team was, he would have said Richie Incognito," Tannehill said.
The Dolphins organization has not commented on any aspect of the case since announcing Incognito's indefinite suspension for conduct detrimental to the team late Sunday.