Martin was right to call out abuser, leave team

In the professional world, there are rules of conduct, written and unwritten. One of the rules is to have respect for the professional who also, in this case, is a teammate. Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin are both professional employees of the NFL.

While Incognito and Martin did send abusive text messages to one another, Incognito, a veteran player, should know better. He was once named by his peers as "NFL's dirtiest player."

Perhaps he considered that title to be a badge of honor to wear because his actions have not changed for the better.

Incognito admits the way he and his teammates communicate is vulgar and not right, but yet he is the one named by Martin as the bully, not his other teammates.

Since he knew the communication was offensive, why has he continued with it? Now that he's been singled out, Incognito admits he went too far.

It takes a brave person to come forward. Jonathan Martin did the right thing by leaving the Miami Dolphins.

Stephen Lowe

Hayward

Football not right place for gentleman Martin

I don't think an outsider can judge Martin's actions. However, it is evident that Jonathan is a gentleman playing a non-gentleman's sport, and I would be happy to see him go on to better endeavors. His mother probably would, too.

Mareth Ellis

Oakland

Locker-room culture is the real problem

Am I glad Jonathan Martin said something? A big yes.

This whole premise of locker-room culture is ridiculous. What in the world are we teaching our young people today? Haven't we seen enough of all this racism, bullying, hazing, daily in our news stories? Because it is locker-room culture makes it OK?

What happened to working together to create a harmonious team to win games, instead of toughening up participants by physical and mental abuse. It is shameful. The premise that it is all right because it is locker-room culture is just wrong on so many levels.

Karen Long

Brentwood

Martin's teammates need to grow up

Some of Martin's teammates have suggested he should man up. I suggest they grow up.

John T. Hansen

San Francisco

Incident a wake-up call to parents and teachers

The huge amount of publicity about the Jonathan Martin bullying is a wake-up call to parents and teachers.

We must talk to our children and, especially, to teenagers about being bullied. They must tell someone about the incidents and not be afraid.

On the other hand, parents must be aware if their child is a bully and get some help for him or her.

Finally, it is important that teens are monitored on their social media. If your child is a bully, then you are responsible for their actions. Again, it is a wake-up call.

Mary McMahon

Livermore

Anti-snitching code is a cultural cancer

I believe Jonathan Martin was correct in turning in an abusive teammate.

The larger issue that seems to be mostly ignored in this case is what is commonly referred to as "snitching." Even though the conduct in Martin's locker room appears to have been egregious at every level, the criticism coming from the players gives great support to Richie Incognito's obnoxious behavior, not to the victim.

We have all read or heard about how fear and intimidation are used to keep victims from speaking out when they have seen wrong or have been wronged. This seems to be what was happening in the Miami football team's locker room.

If what Martin did violated the "anti-snitching" culture, he will surely see some form of vengeance from others if and when he returns to the team. Their code of conduct, however deficient, is what they seem to collectively believe in.

I believe the anti-snitching code of conduct is a cultural cancer. Martin should be commended, not punished, for his action in this case.

Fredrick R. Ford

Walnut Creek

No one must be forced to endure ugly hazing

Jonathan Martin was correct to extract himself from the situation he found himself in with Richie Incognito and, more broadly, the rest of the Miami Dolphins, to the extent that those who knew what was going on failed to support him.

So many parallels and comparisons come to mind -- draftees in the Red Army, new students at a Pol Pot "re-education" camp, "unaffiliated" newbies at a maximum-security prison, Animal House-style fraternity pledges -- that it wouldn't be fair to only pick one.

It all boils down to hazing, with the never explicitly stated understanding that if you survive, you will get your turn to "pay it forward" to the next crop of rookies.

It's sort of like what current retirees are doing to the next generation (rookies) with Social Security and Medicare -- so I guess I can't complain too loudly.

Harold Mantle

Lafayette

Training in respect is long overdue

I am shocked by the behavior exhibited in the now exposed Dolphins' locker room incidents. Our sports leagues are becoming packs of bullies.

The top alpha-dog attitude leaves no room for consideration, respect and sensitivity to diversity. Feeling superior is achieved by bullying, as in the Jonathan Martin/Richie Incognito incident.

Harry Edwards, a noted sociologist who has been a 49ers consultant for 30 years, hit the nail on the head when he said the issue of bullying was long overdue to be addressed by the NFL, in general, and the coaches in particular.

Sudden money, power and prestige is heady: These athletes need to be trained how to respect the privilege they have been given.

Incognito is getting the bad press he deserves -- he is no longer Incognito but, rather, In Flagrante!

Diana McIntyre

Livermore