MIAMI, Fla. (Palm Beach Post) -- The Miami Dolphins’ Jonathan Martin told teammate Richie Incognito that he visited a mental hospital after leaving the team Oct. 28, according to a newly revealed batch of text messages between the offensive linemen at the center of a locker-room scandal.
USA Today obtained a transcript of the messages exchanged by Incognito and Martin from October 2012 through November 2013 — more than 1,000 messages about everyday life, sex, drugs and football.
After Martin quit the team, he accused Incognito and other teammates of harassing him. The NFL launched an investigation whose findings are expected to be released shortly.
Incognito has claimed that he and Martin were friends and that a voicemail he left Martin that included a racial slur and sexual comments about Martin’s mother and sister were part of a vulgar back-and-forth between the teammates that wasn’t meant to be taken seriously.
Still, Martin appeared to have reached a crossroads Oct. 28 when teammates made him the victim of a prank in the club’s cafeteria. Martin left and has yet to return.
After Martin left camp, Incognito sent him several messages that day asking if he was all right.
On Oct. 29, Incognito wrote, “Glad to hear Ur ok I’m here if u ever need to talk. I’ve been through enough (expletive) myself to understand.”
Martin finally wrote back Nov. 1 — the day after the Dolphins defeated Cincinnati without Martin— and said, “The worlds gone crazy lol. I’m good tho congrats on the win.”
Incognito replied within two minutes, writing, “It’s unbelievable all the attention this is getting. All that’s important is that you feel better and know we miss u dude.”
Martin wrote back, “It’s insane bro but just know I don’t blame you guys at all it’s just the culture around football and the locker room got to me a little. Btw… Never check yourself into a mental hospital.”
Incognito replied, “It’s a lot to take in I’ve checked myself in before I had to threaten to beat everyone up for them to let me out.”
Martin said “it was the worst. I almost snapped and started breaking (expletive).”
On the evening of Nov. 1, Incognito sent Martin a link to an article that said the NFL Players Association was looking into allegations that Martin left the team because of harassment by Incognito.
“I got nothing to do with it man I haven’t said anything to anyone,” Martin wrote.
“I heard it’s coming from Ur agent?” Incognito replied.
After no response for a day, Incognito wrote, “I need you buddy I’m getting killed in the media.”
Another day went by with no response and Incognito wrote, “Bro can we talk? The dolphins are talking about releasing me.”
The text messages end there.
In other texts, Martin and Incognito discussed a players’ trip to Las Vegas in January 2013. After Martin left the Dolphins it was reported that he backed out of the trip but still had to pay $15,000.
On Jan. 6, 2013, Martin wrote that he would be there a day later than Incognito but added, “Don’t worry I know I still gotta pay for hookers lol.”
Incognito wrote back, “Don’t forget the cocaine too.”
The day before the trip, Incognito wrote to Martin, “You need to bring 6k in cash! Hooker party on u.”
“6k?!” Martin replied.
“Yes. Cash,” Incognito wrote back.
But Martin backed out the day he was supposed to arrive.
“Man I just can’t justify this Vegas trip with what I’ve been dealing with recently,” Martin wrote. “Let me know if I owe you anything for the room.”
The text messages also included the redacted names of other Dolphins players, with references to drugs and sex. Martin talked regularly in the messages about smoking marijuana and meeting women.