November 4th, 2013
06:33 PM ET

Trouble Off the Field

That's what the NFL's Miami Dolphins are dealing with.

One player has left the team; another has been suspended, and a lot of questions have come up about alleged misconduct. After seeing our report, we'd like to get your take on whether this is part of the game in the NFL - or if it's out of bounds.

Carl Azuz, Anchor

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soundoff (262 Responses)
  1. Jaden

    These are professional football players- they should not be acting this way, especially since they have younger children that look up to them. They need to set their act straight and change their behavior.

    November 4, 2013 at 6:39 pm |
    • Brian

      I think incognito took it too far... why would you say racist remarks and threats to your teammate. This dude really said he wanted to put something in his mouth, slap his mom and kill him .......Arrest and fine the guy he is obviously harassing Martin.. don't blame him for leaving....I wouldn't want to be teammates with that weirdo!

      November 6, 2013 at 8:54 am |
      • Laura

        I totally think incognito took things to far. You shouldn't threaten a teammate, no matter what the coaches tell you.

        November 6, 2013 at 8:54 pm |
    • Gabrielle

      I agree these little kids look up to them and there doing this

      November 6, 2013 at 7:42 pm |
  2. Anabelle

    This is not right. They Should reason with the players . They need to get to the bottom of things. Before jumping to conclusions. Maybe they have a good reason to miss a practice.

    November 4, 2013 at 7:26 pm |
  3. Andrew

    I think it is great that the NFL has stepped in and taking charge and I hope they get this straightened out soon.

    November 4, 2013 at 7:28 pm |
  4. Zach

    That is illegal

    November 4, 2013 at 8:37 pm |
  5. brian

    I think they were being a little unruly with making him pay 15,000 dollars

    November 4, 2013 at 8:58 pm |
  6. Madison

    i think people need to play nice no matter where you are , even its football
    , because it can really hurt someone even its joke or playing round.

    November 4, 2013 at 9:14 pm |
  7. John

    They're teammates. They're like a family. I think they should not treat him that way. Richie doesn't understand this could affect Jonathan Martin for his entire life. Martin could leave the NFL for Canadian Football or Arena Football due to this.

    November 4, 2013 at 9:56 pm |
  8. Johnathan

    These are football players and the pros are going to assume that they are better than the rookies.

    November 5, 2013 at 12:18 am |
  9. Ben

    That was not part of the NFL, it was bullying.

    November 5, 2013 at 1:34 am |
  10. Hanseung

    These pro football players should be nice. There are many children looking up to them. They should be a roll model, not a bully.

    November 5, 2013 at 7:05 am |
  11. Morgan

    This is NFL foot ball league, they shouldn't be acting like this, bullying a player is wrong,and childish.

    November 5, 2013 at 7:34 am |
  12. jack

    These players should be ressponsible for what they did and should recieve full punishment.

    November 5, 2013 at 8:11 am |
  13. Hunter

    i think it is necessary for those players to get suspended because this misconduct is highly inappropriate and ruining a fellow player's finance is not professional at all.

    November 5, 2013 at 8:17 am |
  14. Carlye

    Making someone pay was wrong..... that said the rookies should have stood up for themselves!

    November 5, 2013 at 8:23 am |
  15. Alison

    any one who tries to belittle someone make fun of them or just totally disrespect them are bullies, and in the NFL the players I thought were to be smarter about bullying. Just look at how bad school age kids are bullied. I bet it has the same effect on adults as it does children. All In all even if its to make someone tougher any type of bullying for any reason is wrong.

    November 5, 2013 at 8:25 am |
  16. Cameron

    If the younger players are dumb enough to pay for other player bills then let them be stupid and let them do it. That there business. They cant be mad at anybody but them.

    November 5, 2013 at 8:34 am |
  17. Gage

    I beleive they are going to far. Many people look up to these guys and they need to be decent people. I could maybe understand a little rookie haing but this is ridiculous.

    November 5, 2013 at 9:42 am |
  18. Rosemary

    Its way to out of line. People look up to these NFL stars and want to follow their footsteps. I dont think they would want to act immaturly.

    November 5, 2013 at 9:43 am |
  19. Shane

    This is bullying. Bullying isn't tolerated in schools so it definately shouldn't be tolerated in the N.F.L. Many people watch and amdire the N.F.L. and their players.

    November 5, 2013 at 9:44 am |
    • Bill

      OK its the NFL, but 300 lb. men bullying each other, please. OK give Richie a time out and let Martin toughen of a bit.

      November 5, 2013 at 11:35 pm |
  20. Oatmeal

    They shouldn't be doing this. They were hired to play, not to bully. Just because they're a rookie shouldn't mean they should get bullied.

    November 5, 2013 at 9:44 am |
  21. Sami

    This isn't called for!!!!! They are role models for many people they need to act like they are their age not two!!!!!!!!!!

    November 5, 2013 at 9:44 am |
  22. Hannah

    Bullying is never OK, but a grown adult... he needs to act like an adult and just play the game. he needs to get his act straight. if he truly loves the game he wouldn't be bullying a fellow teammate.

    November 5, 2013 at 9:45 am |
  23. Eric

    This is not a good thing, sport teams become like a family and can be comfortable around each other, if they can not be like a family their team will not play well together and they would crumble.

    November 5, 2013 at 9:45 am |
  24. Teresa

    These people are grown ups. They should stop acting childish and act their age. What Richie Incognito said was uncalled for and completely racist.

    November 5, 2013 at 9:45 am |
  25. Mikhayla

    A little bit of messing with the rookies I can understand but this? If this is just the way football players act, then they shouldn't be respected and looked up to like they are. These teams have fans that are young. Why would they essentially be teaching them to do these types of things.

    November 5, 2013 at 9:45 am |
  26. Cali

    I think what was said on the voicemail and how he was treated was very disrespectful and inappropriate. If you wanna be a pro football player then you should have respect for others and be mature because people look to some of those guys as role models.

    November 5, 2013 at 9:46 am |
  27. Ethan

    I think its out of bounds because there going to far they should just stop bulling and be nice.

    November 5, 2013 at 9:46 am |
  28. Thomas

    They need to realize that they were once a rookie also. These players have been playing on teams for a long time and haven't understood what a team is? Thats not right.

    November 5, 2013 at 9:46 am |
  29. Logan

    This is totally wrong people do not deserve to be treated like that. It doesn't matter if he's new or not. People look up to you, you should know how to treat people the right way. Everybody's taught to now bully or haze so don't it's wrong and immoral.

    November 5, 2013 at 9:46 am |
  30. maddie

    They know what they are doing is wrong and they know that if they pick on him it will lead to bad things. They know. that there will be consequences for them if the coach finds out what happened and why it happened. They may be trying to break him in but he maybe taking it likethey mean it in a bad way.

    November 5, 2013 at 9:47 am |
  31. jen

    they need to stop acting like that, and grow up.

    November 5, 2013 at 9:47 am |
  32. Rose

    I think these players should do what their ment to do- play the game, and ignore everything else thats going on.

    November 5, 2013 at 9:47 am |
  33. Ciara

    this is way to unprofessional, this is like highschool drama. they are professional players and they are acting like kids. he deserved to be kicked off because no one deserves to be treated the way that they treated him!

    November 5, 2013 at 9:50 am |
  34. Gustav

    There is no reason hazing should be part of any game. Unfortunately, because of Incognito's history as a player in the NFL, and the generally accepted hazing throughout the entire league, this does not surprise me. Sometimes, it is fun to joke around with your teammates, but how do you define the line between good-natured pranks and hurtful bullying? This is a tough question I don't think the NFL has a right answer for.

    November 5, 2013 at 10:05 am |
  35. Austin

    Jonathan Martin was right for leaving his team due to his current situation because there was a lot of details left out in the news report including violent voicemails and text messages allegedly sent from Richie Incognito. There are limits on rookie hazing. When it comes to threats and abuse, those actions cross the line.

    November 5, 2013 at 10:11 am |
  36. Aaliyah

    I honestly feel like young players should work for their spot on a new team but to a certain extent . Put them through a little trouble but at the end of the day it should be love because we are a team working together to be on top.

    November 5, 2013 at 10:14 am |
  37. Rudy

    I notice that the cnn students news didn't put much detail about the story anyways I feel like this isn't right we should all respect each other and stand up for ourselves, I just don't get it. Where are his teammates? they are suppose to help him out with this problem. Seriously this is why bullies want to target the ones who may be quiet, no friends other things.
    If I were his teammate, I would have helped him out! The Dolphins did the right thing to end this ugly behavior.

    November 5, 2013 at 10:15 am |
  38. Kiara

    The NFL team should take responsibility for their players. These players make millions of dollars and a part of the job title is to be a role model. Degrading others is a wrongful act. While rookies are easily intimidated, influenced, and subject to some hazing, that comes with being on a team, I think this particular incident went way too far. Suspension is necessary.

    November 5, 2013 at 10:22 am |
  39. Tyrone

    I feel like rookies should of course get some type of playful teasing, but only to a certain extent. Being on a team requires for some type of sister/brotherhood, because you all should have the same goal and want to work as a family.

    November 5, 2013 at 10:23 am |
  40. Mile

    This is way out of bounds. Making rookies carry around equipment is a playful thing to do but harassing players and making them give you the money they're earning is completely different. There's got to be a point where enough is enough, and it's terrible Martin had to leave his team to get away from the hazing.

    November 5, 2013 at 10:26 am |
  41. Anonymous

    this is completely uncalled for. No one deserves this type of treatment, if it were you, you would feel horrible about being bullied as an adult. he should be punished for hazing a rookie

    November 5, 2013 at 10:32 am |
  42. anonymous

    I believe that you guys didn't tell the whole story. it was definitely way more to that story than given. Jonathan Martin was threatened more than once & if i were him i would have quit as well

    November 5, 2013 at 10:37 am |
  43. Jurae

    Richie Incognito should be ashamed of himself for how bad he made him self look on twitter and especially the disrespectful and threatening someone's life which was really not smart.

    November 5, 2013 at 10:39 am |
  44. Robyn

    These are professional football players who should know the difference between trying to force and haze a rookie to do something. Veteran players should act more mature, work together as a team, or act as a mentor for the rookie players or remain off the field. This is still considered bullying and hazing when the rookie already proved they can be good enough for the professional level.

    November 5, 2013 at 10:43 am |
  45. faith

    they need to stop all of this. Richie Incognito need to apologize for being disrespectful to his teammates.

    November 5, 2013 at 10:44 am |
  46. Donovan

    I feel that yes freshmen hazing is going to happen but they are grown men and football isnt just a sport its their job and they are a a family and need to work together to get those wins

    November 5, 2013 at 10:52 am |
  47. Hannah

    I think that this is insane–nobody should do this! They should be concentrating on their job, playing football, not hazing a rookie.

    November 5, 2013 at 11:03 am |
  48. Jack

    It is pretty cruel. I do not think that anyone should make someone pay for a meal, 30,000 dollars is way too much. Something should be done about this.

    November 5, 2013 at 11:03 am |
  49. Gabriel

    That is way out of bounds. First off he was being mean, because the rookie is two races. I don't think anybody would care for that part. When he left a voicemail he didn't have to go off on the rookie, and threats to kill? They need to grow up and be what they are, adults.

    November 5, 2013 at 11:04 am |
  50. Ethan

    This shouldn't have happened. Their teammates shouldn't have let it get that far. They should've stopped it right away.

    November 5, 2013 at 11:04 am |
  51. Darian

    I dont think this should be happening but because he is a rookie he might get picked on because it was his first year as a pro...so I say it is kinda part of a game but since there a team they should become friends because its not like highschool you got lucky even to get picked to play on a pro team. So you should be happy you got to play.

    November 5, 2013 at 11:04 am |
  52. Brandy

    what is happening in the NFL is inexcusable and should not be allowed to continue. this can be taken as a serious threat and should be treated as such. they can not let this continue.

    November 5, 2013 at 11:05 am |
  53. Cadence

    I dont think Jonathan Martin should be harassed by Richie for being a rookie. i think he went a little over board on saying hes going to kill him.

    November 5, 2013 at 11:05 am |
  54. Logan

    I think it is part of the game but a little to far when he said that he was going to kill him. But he is a rookie and he is going to get picked on a little bit, so I think he should come back and ignore it

    November 5, 2013 at 11:05 am |
  55. Nikkia

    This is bad,because no one should be treated like that there supposed to work as a team and not be mean to one another.

    November 5, 2013 at 11:05 am |
  56. Michael

    It is his first year and it is football so he will get picked on. But to say that you will kill him is not right, also rookies dont have more money than most of the players so it doesnt make sense that he should be paying more than everyone especially when he isnt invited. Also even though he is a rookie they should be trying to be a team and treat everyone as equals.

    November 5, 2013 at 11:05 am |
  57. Madisen

    I think that it is in a form bullying. The threats that were made was way overdone, but the fact that he is a rookie makes it seem less like bullying because he just started.

    November 5, 2013 at 11:06 am |
  58. Erick

    I dont think it was necessary to make a player to leave the team and suspend a player.

    November 5, 2013 at 11:07 am |
  59. Alaina

    He is a freshman in the NFL, of course he is going to get picked on a little bit. This situation might be a little extreme but they're grown men. They can handle it!

    November 5, 2013 at 11:07 am |
  60. sabria

    out of bounds, there is no reason for hazing on a football game people need to understand that it is just a game and there is no reason for having rude comments toward your teammate. if he left then he left why would you start talking about his mother what did she have to do with him leaving

    November 5, 2013 at 11:08 am |
  61. zach

    I think that hazing is normal when you are a rookie, and people are just overreacting

    November 5, 2013 at 11:09 am |
  62. Sarah

    I believe that what Incognito did was totally uncalled for. Playful teasing is one thing, but trying to force the rookies to pay for your bills is out of line. They need to all display teamwork and to work together instead of working to pull the team apart. Harsh feelings towards each other might even affect the way that they play as a team on the football field. I don't blame Martin for leaving.

    November 5, 2013 at 11:09 am |
  63. Kaitlyn

    These types of bullying and other allegations being brought forward can be considered hazing, and in all schools across the country, hazing isn't allowed. Hazing is an excuse for bullying and that's what's happening on the Miami Dolphins team. All those responsible for this should face disciplinary actions and further implications should be put forth by the NFL to prevent future occurrences of this type of player misconduct.

    November 5, 2013 at 11:23 am |
  64. Drew

    Really I think that the player who left is being a big baby. If you can take a hit from a 230 guy but not overreact when people don't want to sit by you at lunch, you shouldn't be in the NFL. Still, the other players should have been nicer.

    November 5, 2013 at 11:34 am |
  65. Denny

    Paying for a bill and actually being there and attending is one thing, paying for a bill while your not in the same STATE is a completely different story of it's own. It is not fair, uncalled for and very very very rude. If this was a joke, then it was taken to far by the players and should apologize.

    November 5, 2013 at 11:45 am |
  66. Juan

    They are a huge influence to many. They should respect there team mates, and give a good example to there fans.

    November 5, 2013 at 11:49 am |
  67. Trey

    I believe Incognito's actions surpassed inappropriate. If you played football (especially if you played football freshmen year in high school.) You know the difference between bullying and Hazing. Death threats forcing him to spend money and Bringing his mother in to it was way too far.

    November 5, 2013 at 11:50 am |
  68. Lauren

    Football Players are supposed to be role models. What Incognito did was wrong and he deserved to be suspended. All forms of bullying is always punishable.

    November 5, 2013 at 11:50 am |
  69. Milcah

    I feel bad for Jonathan Martin, he was there to play football because its something that he loves. That's what they're all there for, to play football. I understand that they like to mess around with rookies but they took it too far.

    November 5, 2013 at 11:52 am |
  70. Milcah

    I feel bad for Jonathan Martin, he was there to play football because its something that he loves. That's what they're all there for, to play football. I understand that they like to mess around with rookies but they took it too far. Now that he has left, I wonder how the rest of the team feels.

    November 5, 2013 at 11:54 am |
  71. Nadine

    I think that it is out of bounds. It is just another form of bulling.

    November 5, 2013 at 11:54 am |
  72. David

    I think incognito should be kicked off the team in my opinion, I could't allow someone throwing threats at me. Incognito is an adult. He needs a type of penalty against him. They're both adults, threats and bullying shouldn't be a factor. Incognito should grow up.

    November 5, 2013 at 11:55 am |
  73. Miles

    I believe that this incident is an outrage martian is being bullied and horased by incognito. I am glade that incognito has been suspended for his actions it serves him right for mistreating his teammate for no reason. I hope that martian returns to the team knowing that his tormenter has been suspended indefinitely.

    November 5, 2013 at 11:56 am |
  74. Kendrick

    I believe that this situation is a form of bullying because even though he insulted and forced him to do something he didn't want to do, Martin could do something about it. Therefore it is still a form of bullying even though he did so many horrible things.

    November 5, 2013 at 11:56 am |
  75. Keyon

    I think that is really messed up your not suppose to do the new player i can under stand if you pick on him a little bit at practice because he's the new guy. But sending threats thats just not right. Your team is suppose to be like your family. In my opinion Incognito should be put off the team and any other team because if you send him to a new team whats gonna stop him from doing that to another player on another team.

    November 5, 2013 at 11:57 am |
  76. Jirel

    there is no reason for hazing on a football game. i don't blame martin for leaving because he didn't have a right to talk to him like that and involve his mother in it.

    November 5, 2013 at 12:00 pm |
  77. Johnathon

    For one there is not reason to threaten any one.He is your team mate thats stupid right there. Two yea it is a rookie but that don't mean make him do stuff that he doesn't want to do . So basically he got less than what he deserve in punishment. This is more than bulling and he should be kicked off the team.

    November 5, 2013 at 12:01 pm |
  78. Savanna

    Making someone pay that much is just wrong. I hope the NFL finds out the bottom of it.

    November 5, 2013 at 12:03 pm |
  79. TJ

    The team needs to grow up no more no less its called professional football for a reason bullying isn't one of them

    November 5, 2013 at 12:07 pm |
  80. LaTayza

    I Think That Incogito Should Act His Age AND Not Be Childish Thats Unessecary . He Should Be Mature And Not Threaten People Or Others Mothers.

    November 5, 2013 at 12:08 pm |
  81. lisseth

    Richie Incognito should apologize to Jonathan Martin for harassing him. I also think he should be kicked out and not just suspended. This is of bullying and should have some serious consequences.

    November 5, 2013 at 12:09 pm |
  82. skyler

    I think that Richie Cognito should not have done what he had done bullying is one thing death threats are a totally different matter.i believe that he should be kicked off the team not just suspended if you are going to say really dumb things why would you do that if your putting your career at risks.jonathan martin was doing a good thing by showing people i don't consider that snitching in my head if it is a death threat.thats pretty much all i have to say

    November 5, 2013 at 12:09 pm |
  83. Brian

    I don't care if it's "normal" it's still not right. Bullying is bullying, there is no such thing as "exceptional bullying" it's all wrong, and it should be dealt with.

    November 5, 2013 at 12:13 pm |
  84. Andrew

    I think that this is kind of a form of bullying. NFL teammates are grow men and should not be arguing amongst each other win the are trying to work together to wing. Also, bullying should in no way be happening either. The older teammates should not be forcing the newer players to pay for bills or anything else. They should be treated equally like everyone else.

    November 5, 2013 at 12:18 pm |
  85. Dillon

    I think that he shouldn't get picked on its his first year give him a break!

    November 5, 2013 at 12:37 pm |
  86. Jordan

    i think that no should be picked on because they are new. i wasn't picked on when i first joined football show what is the difference come on guy u can do better

    November 5, 2013 at 12:38 pm |
  87. Dillon

    I think that he shouldn't get picked on he is a rookie give him a break

    November 5, 2013 at 12:40 pm |
  88. Connor

    I think it is wrong. People no madder what the age shouldn't get picked on. That's what happens in some schools.

    November 5, 2013 at 12:42 pm |
  89. Monce

    I think that what Incognito did was not right and thats good that he faces the consequences because thats basically bullying and i think he need to apologize to jonathan and his mother for that rude and disrespectful comment he made

    November 5, 2013 at 12:53 pm |
  90. Jenna

    I agree that whether everyone agrees with it or not, hazing is a part of most sports that has to be accepted. However, there is a line that can be crossed and make many people angry when it is. Players need to understand this and know the possible consequences of their actions.

    November 5, 2013 at 1:04 pm |
  91. kristopher

    I think Incognito was in the wrong for his action.He could've said something to the coaches.There was no reason for all the swearing and threatening that he did.This couldve all been avoided

    November 5, 2013 at 1:04 pm |
  92. Kat

    Having rookies do small things like carrying items or getting you something etc. is fine, but forcing people to do things, threatening them and bullying crosses the line and needs to be stopped.

    November 5, 2013 at 1:10 pm |
  93. George

    I think that what Incognito did is unacceptable. Just because Martin is a rookie doesn't mean that he should be treated like he isn't a part of the team. I think that suspending Incognito was the correct thing to do.

    November 5, 2013 at 1:11 pm |
  94. Kim

    I think that playful teasing is one thing but trying to have the rookies pay for your whole billl is totally uncalled for and unncessary. They're proffesional football players and shouldn't be acting this way.

    November 5, 2013 at 1:29 pm |
  95. Jeremias

    This is not fair to the younger players.

    November 5, 2013 at 1:39 pm |
  96. Mike

    I think hazing is OK to a point, but this is a little too far.

    November 5, 2013 at 1:40 pm |
  97. Kaitlan

    I think this behavior is overboard.

    November 5, 2013 at 1:42 pm |
  98. Ciarra

    This is not OK at all because it's wrong to take their money.

    November 5, 2013 at 1:43 pm |
  99. David

    This behavior is too rough.

    November 5, 2013 at 1:44 pm |
  100. Nataiya

    This behavior is unacceptable.

    November 5, 2013 at 1:44 pm |
  101. Lupita

    They should make a movie about this.

    November 5, 2013 at 1:47 pm |
  102. Rob

    bruh, this isnt even cool. yet at the same time it is childish. makes white people even more hated off and on the field. people think more than what you think. but this is so childish my comment is going to be short

    November 5, 2013 at 1:52 pm |
  103. Jay

    How are they supposed to expect kids to stop if grown adults can't even stop.

    November 5, 2013 at 1:53 pm |
  104. alex

    i think it was very disrespectful you get paid to do one thing. Extra activities have nothing to do with you. You don't have to go all the time. Also he has the right to complain if the hazing goes out of practice and the facility.

    November 5, 2013 at 2:00 pm |
  105. Davaughn

    I feel that there is more to the story and that they are not revealing everything. I think that the way they are treating this rookie is wrong and unfair. Because even in the nfl and in all sports there is people that are treated unfairly.

    November 5, 2013 at 2:00 pm |
  106. Pamela

    I feel that the whole situation is childish. He is a rookie, but why do you feel the need to have to disrespect him? He said too many disrespectful things, and not only that, but he also made a comment about his mother. This is more than bullying because he also made threats. Everything that he did and said was uncalled for, and extremely out of line. Why is his punishment just him simply being kicked off of the team?

    November 5, 2013 at 2:01 pm |
  107. Isaiah

    What he did was uncalled for. The man had done nothing to him to deserve it. Being one of the older players on the team, Incognito should be setting an good example for the rookies & be a leader.

    November 5, 2013 at 2:04 pm |
  108. marina

    Incognito deserved to be kicked out. First of all, it's one thing to mess with the freshman but its another thing to make them pay for your entertainment. He was also kicked out for making a call and leaving a message threatening to kill him and talked bad about his mother.

    November 5, 2013 at 2:05 pm |
  109. Sandra

    I'm glad that Incognito is getting in trouble because hazing is the same as bullying. Players need to learn to work together to win a game. They shouldn't be mean to each other for no reason because that is what they have always done. You never know what that person is going through, and hazing can get out of control. What if he commits suicide? Humans should care about each other, not want to destroy each other.

    November 5, 2013 at 2:05 pm |
  110. Angelica

    To haze someone is one of Americas downfall in sports but its part of the society we live in so we shouldn't be surprise. I do think the stuff Incognito did was not the way to handle things but Jonathan Martin should have stood up for himself as a leader in sports to show others its not okay to get hazed.

    November 5, 2013 at 2:08 pm |
  111. VIncent

    I believe that hazing is a traditional thing as an athlete and something players must deal with. Although the things the players have to do are often demeaning , it is seen as an initiation and is a part of the game.

    November 5, 2013 at 2:09 pm |
  112. Rachel

    Part of the game or out of bounds? Out of bounds. Incognito has crossed the line and must take responsibility for his actions.

    November 5, 2013 at 2:09 pm |
  113. brittany

    For Richie Incognito the one that plays for the Miami Dolphins, not only that he should be suspended from the team, he should be put off the team, this is a serious situation of matter . I feel like if Jonathan Martin was not only a rookie , but if he wasn't an african american , the threats to him an his family wouldn't even been made .This shouldn't be acceptable Richie Incognito must be putt of the team now if this was the other way around then the situation would have been worse .

    November 5, 2013 at 2:10 pm |
  114. Taye

    Richie Incognito was out of line. jonathan Martin should have spoken up. its ok to stand up for yourself in a positive way. Richie Incognito should be off the team for good, his behavior is unacceptable.

    November 5, 2013 at 2:11 pm |
  115. Kiki

    they are professional football players they should not be acting the way they do They need to change their act and change their behavior.I dont think Jonathan Martin should be harassed by Richie incognito for being a rookie i think he went to far when he said he was gonna kill him and talking about his mom This is wrong he did not have to deserve to be treated like that It doesn't matter if jonathan martin was new or not you should know how to treat people the right way
    They need to realize that they were also a rookie while back. and now that they have a new rookie they think they can treat him like whatever the football players have been playing on teams for a long time and still don't know how to tat a team right that's just sad and wrong. the new rookie jonathan martin didn't deserve that and Richie incognito was wrong for treating him that way he knew what he was doing and he didn't have to do that to him because i bet he wouldn't like it if the same thing happened to him.

    November 5, 2013 at 2:12 pm |
  116. Patrick

    Hazing is testing a rookies commitment to the team. But the extra stuff Incognito did was just plain ole bullying. I don't fault Jonathan Martin for leaving. But he should have stayed well because the hazers were testing him.

    November 5, 2013 at 2:16 pm |
  117. Noah

    Way out of bounds i know that when theirs a "rookie" on my team i welcome him with open arms

    November 5, 2013 at 2:18 pm |
  118. Vinny

    Iet the low ranking players pay for the team captins

    November 5, 2013 at 2:19 pm |
  119. Daphne

    The proffesional football plaers should be ashamed of them self. They have people who look up to them and there going to act like that. No it's unacceptable. So that's what i think about the football places.

    November 5, 2013 at 2:21 pm |
  120. erika

    wow that messed up

    November 5, 2013 at 2:22 pm |
  121. shaniah

    its not fair that the rookie football players were being used to fund soem random things. isnt that a form of bullying since there threatning them and pressuring them to pay their bills?

    November 5, 2013 at 2:23 pm |
  122. timothy

    i think incognito's suspention was the least of his worries,he should be kicked off the dolphins

    November 5, 2013 at 2:24 pm |
  123. daniel

    like having rookie players pay the other team mates bills is wrong like r u that poor or something

    November 5, 2013 at 2:25 pm |
  124. marckens

    is that bullying in a way i don't know but what i do know is that wrong

    November 5, 2013 at 2:26 pm |
  125. Moriah

    What are we taught in kindergarten? To be nice to one another, to share and care, and listen while others are talking. They're all acting like preschoolers! Hitting, crying, yelling... do i need to go on any further? They are looked up to as a team and as individuals. They need some Character!

    November 5, 2013 at 2:42 pm |
  126. Maria

    I think that this is definitely an out-of-fields thing. Sure, getting pushed or tackled is okay, but paying $15,000 for a trip to Las Vegas that you don't even go on? Definitely out of bounds. Isn't being on the NFL also being a role model for rookies? In the case of this team, I don't think that the rookies are looking up to the senior players.

    November 5, 2013 at 2:55 pm |
  127. Siri

    I think that that what Incognitio did was EXTREAMLY wrong!!!! I belive that this is out of bounds. Truly, this should stop. The NFL sould have a protocol for this.

    November 5, 2013 at 4:08 pm |
  128. Jayson

    They really shouldn't be acting this way. Treating someone else is just wrong. They need to really need to get their acts together.

    November 5, 2013 at 4:38 pm |
  129. Hana

    They should have to pay for what they have done. This is a professional level, they are acting like little kids. Players should not be just physically achievable but also mentally. Imagine how the rookie feels, that could effect his playing as well knowing he is not accepted. Behavior like that should not be allowed for a second.

    November 5, 2013 at 6:04 pm |
  130. Annika

    I think the Dolphins need to call a timeout and bench Incognito. Bullying is bullying, no matter how it comes across.

    November 5, 2013 at 6:22 pm |
  131. Sally

    Bullying is usually thought of as verbal or physical. But forcing someone to cough up some cash is just the same. Incognito has gone too far and is out of bounds.

    November 5, 2013 at 6:24 pm |
  132. Debbie

    Professional players need to stop bullying their teammates. I guess making a lot of money doesn't make you smart, just makes you think you can take advantage of others – that you are better.

    November 5, 2013 at 6:45 pm |
  133. Homayoun

    All of these actions, I consider, are out of bounds and have nothing to do with football. I never expected professional football players to act this way in such misconduct. It's a shame to have players such as this. A protocol should be founded to enforce that this doesn't happen in other football teams. Better yet, just enjoy playing that game of football! These rich football players often forget that. Instead of causing an extraneous amount of trouble, just play the game and do your thing.

    November 5, 2013 at 8:08 pm |
  134. Jade

    Pretty pathetic honestly, these are grown men and they're acting like high school boys. People who act like this should be kicked from whatever organization they belong to. However, these rookies need to learn to grow up and not do everything those above them tell them to do.

    November 5, 2013 at 9:04 pm |
  135. Joshua

    Out of bounds,they have kids that look up to them trying to be their role model.They can't do that if they have to pay.They could have stoped and got on but oh well.

    November 5, 2013 at 9:39 pm |
  136. Diana

    Bullying in any way, shape or form is unacceptable-whether it be within a team or not. Belonging to a NFL team does not permit a being to torment another being; neither does being a senior to your peers allow you to mistreat and belittle them. No one is "better" than someone else, we are all humans, and we are all equal. We should be given the chance to become the "best person" we could possibly become. What the seniors, and possibly other figures, of the Miami Dolphins have done is horrible. They, being the seniors, should set an example for others to follow. Instead, they decide to isolate and pressure their peers, choosing to lose any respect that may have been present. Though we physically treat everyone in the same manner, the opinions and thoughts on people belong completely to us. A fraction, if not most, of society will view these grown men as "immature," and will not take them seriously. It must be emphasized that these are "GROWN MEN" performing these acts filled with discrimination, and the disappointing fact that their youngsters have the ability to see the rights and wrongs that they were so clearly blind to. Though this issue is mainly about the Miami Dolphins, there is no doubt that there are such situations occurring in other areas as well.

    November 5, 2013 at 10:04 pm |
  137. Caleb

    A football team, or any team for that matter, is like a family. There should be no tolerance for this kind of behavior. There is no room for bullies in professional football. Something needs to change.

    November 6, 2013 at 12:47 am |
  138. Dakaia

    Clearly these are adult professional football players,who not only have kids looking up to them but are adults first who preach bullying is wrong but seat there and bully another teammate. Can you say hypocritical? And for what reason did they have to bully him ? Because he was a rookie.

    November 6, 2013 at 8:42 am |
  139. Major

    I feel that Richie Incognito crossed the line when he sent that very vulgar voicemail to Jonathan Martin. Martin Should've also taken action before the voicemail came because he continued to get bullied into his sophomore season in the NFL.

    November 6, 2013 at 8:45 am |
  140. Malichi

    These NFL stars need to act like men. Either toughen up & grow up or leave the NFL .

    November 6, 2013 at 8:45 am |
  141. Chas

    As a veteran athlete we know that freshmen and rookies have certain duties they are obligated to fulfill .They carry bags,bring snacks,and run errands, but this is unacceptable .I'm a senior in high school and i know this. you don't bully and manipulate a man to take care of your lavish expensive. You have a contract... spend your money.

    November 6, 2013 at 8:48 am |
  142. Jalesa

    I feel that the players know what they are getting themselves into when coming in as Rookie, its a tradition to get hazed. Its like first time joining a sorority you go through a little team hazing for a while, but at the same time there is a limit to how far you should go when it comes to hazing.

    November 6, 2013 at 8:50 am |
  143. Amani

    In life, there are times when the less experienced person will be "picked" on, but this has gone too far. Right now I am going through something similar with joining a high school sorority. Incognito should be punished for his actions, and should make an apology. I don't think that Martin should have quit. He should have reported it,and kept doing his job.

    You can't let someone else's ignorance take from the hand that feeds you. Although, he was indeed bullied and hazed it is when things seem worse that you must not quit. Push through and show them what you're made of, and the person of ignorance will get what's coming to them.

    November 6, 2013 at 8:52 am |
  144. Kevin

    I feel that this was not the correct way to approach rookie football players. They are there to have fun and make a living. This might be a tradition but there is also a limit to everything. These are regular people like you and me. These rookies start their career looking up to the more experienced player and for them to crush their thoughts is harsh. Making them pay for meals and making them feel left out is just cruel. Not all people take things the same way. If i was the rookie i would press charges on Incognito for threatening family and myself. This type of behavior should not be tolerated in the NFL.

    November 6, 2013 at 8:55 am |
  145. Teylor

    There's a fine line between hazing and bullying. Both aren't right, but when things get so serious to the point of a person not feeling comfortable of their surroundings it's definitely an issue. These guys are considered role models to young boys and this isn't a good look. Their aggression towards other players should be left strictly on the field.

    November 6, 2013 at 8:56 am |
  146. Brayan

    The football players need to grow up. I have a little brother,and I wouldn't like him to hear all this nonsense about how adults are more immature than he is. If these "men" want to set a good example, they should be nice to each other. Don't they see all the little kids learning from their actions? Might as well make them good.

    November 6, 2013 at 8:57 am |
  147. Tia

    I believe that Hazing is wrong and it goes down the same line as Bullying..The Players should know that they receive too much publicity to be acting this way. They have to remember that younger people look up to them and follow their example. They know their wrong and they need to own up to their wrong doings.

    November 6, 2013 at 8:57 am |
  148. Darrian

    I think football players should be role models for a lot of young men. What Incognito did was wrong and he deserved to be suspended. Any form of bullying is punishable.

    November 6, 2013 at 8:58 am |
  149. Johnathan

    Hazing is a practice of rituals which involve "Harassment, abuse and humiliation." Harassment is illegal, abuse is illegal, and hazing is frowned upon by many colleges and by multiple societies. Nothing about bullying and hazing is appropriate and acceptable!

    November 6, 2013 at 9:00 am |
  150. Kareem

    Hello CNN, my name is Kareem and i feel like this incident is very wrong. This hazing is unacceptable; the older football player threatens the rookie with the voicemail. The NfL really needs to look in this not just the Miami Dolphins. In conclusion, hazing rookies is a big problem in the NFL that needs to be stopped.

    November 6, 2013 at 9:05 am |
  151. Josalice

    I think that what the guy did was out of hand. Regardless the situation, or whether you have problems with anybody you work with you should leave that behind when you get to work. Because now he just pretty much ruined his whole career by not dealing with things maturely.

    November 6, 2013 at 10:10 am |
  152. Camryn

    It's not fair for a rookie player to go through that.They should do something about it.

    November 6, 2013 at 10:11 am |
  153. Jamiya

    I think that Mr. Incognito is totally wrong for his actions, he should take what ever consequence is given. He went way too far , there a line between hazing and just plain bullying .

    November 6, 2013 at 10:12 am |
  154. Taylor

    I believe that the player should be suspended for this matter. Although it is just hazing, he took it way too far. Threats are not okay. As well as forcing him to pay for everyones meals. As of matter of fact they should go ahead and get him off the team. He took all this way too far and should be punished.

    November 6, 2013 at 10:12 am |
  155. Ethan

    I think 1 NFL player bullying another player will probably get him suspended

    November 6, 2013 at 10:13 am |
  156. Hakim

    I feel like this is too much stuff all of this nonsense about this sports. Why do sports people all trying to get into some trouble and they have a good career. All they do is just mess up their opportunity of being on the team.

    November 6, 2013 at 10:14 am |
  157. Prince

    I think what Incognito did was wrong and he should be kicked off the team for his actions.

    November 6, 2013 at 10:17 am |
  158. Angela

    I think that was very rude and disrespectful. He crossed the line and this hazing was outrageously unacceptable. Nobody would want that done to them. I feel like he should apologize for what he's done. His behavior was out of hand.

    November 6, 2013 at 10:17 am |
  159. John

    that wasnt right how they hazed him like that

    November 6, 2013 at 10:23 am |
  160. Shantia

    These are professional football players they should have respect for there selves and others. There are kids that really look up to these players they should show a good example. Also they are family, family doesn't treat each other that way. Its way out of bond to treat a rookie like that (people in general).

    November 6, 2013 at 10:24 am |
  161. Jessica

    I think that Incognito went too far with his actions. If you send out a very hateful and unnecessary voicemail to someone you deserve any consequence. You should be carful for your own actions.

    November 6, 2013 at 10:24 am |
  162. Rixie

    I thought a team was like a family, a family is not supposed to threaten each other, in fact they should be taking care of one another. Hazing is way wrong and all the things Incognito said was past the line. All they are doing is making their team look bad, and people be ashamed of them... THEY should be ashamed for having someone like him on their team!. I think it's good that he got suspended because what he did is horrible.

    November 6, 2013 at 10:25 am |
  163. Landon

    People are going to be ignorant and childish, but what he did was above the line and it didn't have to go that far.

    November 6, 2013 at 10:25 am |
  164. Diamond

    I think what he did was not right at all. You're suppose to be role models for rookies. This whole situation is immature. It should be handled because it's unacceptable!

    November 6, 2013 at 10:27 am |
  165. Aron

    Personally I believe that sometimes players are treated with bullying and hazing, by being the runt or weakest. The thing that put Incognito in the situation was the threats that he made to Martin. I Wouldn't be mad at Martin for quitting , because he was feared for his life. Incognito should have his contract ripped apart. A team needs to work together, and it is hard to keep a team together without cooperation. This is not right, i'm calling "Turnover on downs"!!!

    November 6, 2013 at 10:28 am |
  166. Regga'Na

    Bullying should never take place. It is extremely wrong coming from an adult. He should know better and quit acting his age and not his shoes size.

    November 6, 2013 at 10:29 am |
  167. Jasmine

    What Incognito did was ridiculous. Its bad that the rookie was being bullied by the players, but paying $15,00 for a trip that he cant even go on? That's really out of pocket. I believe that Incognito should be kicked out of the Dolphins instead of being just suspended.

    November 6, 2013 at 10:35 am |
  168. Bryanna

    It was right for Incognito to be suspended because what he did was wrong. NFL players (and all players on a sports team) should respect each other. This is bullying and it should not be tolerated.

    November 6, 2013 at 10:43 am |
  169. Isaiah

    i believe that hazing him was very disrespectful & wrong.

    November 6, 2013 at 10:47 am |
  170. Walter

    I think that this situation is childish. i can understand if the time was playing pranks and hazing like normal people but i feel the line crosses when it effects someones physical, mental,and financial health. i feel they should act like adults.

    November 6, 2013 at 10:47 am |
    • Sloan

      I thinks that this is childish. I mean, really. They are professional football players, but they are acting children.

      November 6, 2013 at 7:14 pm |
  171. Kumonte

    To me honestly 1 of them was hatting honestly, an he's a grown man thats childish. Then on another note thats in between them to its not our buisness. People just being noisy and dont have anything else to do Crazy if you ask me

    November 6, 2013 at 11:53 am |
  172. Hernan

    The hazing that the players are doing is wrong and childish. Without a doubt it is sad to see players that people look up to, being a bad influence.

    November 6, 2013 at 11:53 am |
  173. Aytia

    I think the whole thing was immature. They're grown men acting like children. I feel as if hazing and bullying should be against the law. The dolphin player who was suspended should not be able to come back, he should be fired. That was very unprofessional.

    November 6, 2013 at 11:54 am |
  174. Dwayne

    I think pro athletes picking on rookies is a normal thing. However death threats are not. The rookies do have a choice to stand up for themselves. The situation as a whole is immature and childish anyway. There is no professionalism whats so ever.

    November 6, 2013 at 11:56 am |
  175. Cody

    The remarks and threats made against Martin were in no way how professional NFL players should carry themselves. This incident will only bring more negative media attention to the many concealed problems facing the National Football League.

    November 6, 2013 at 11:57 am |
  176. Antoan

    That was a stupid thing to do. You are grown man you shouldn't be bullying people anymore. That just shows how mature you are. We are teenagers and we know that type of behavior is unacceptable.

    November 6, 2013 at 11:57 am |
  177. Jonathan

    I think that this is unprofessional of Incognito, maybe playing around at practices or something like that its okay. he should not be able to get back on the field

    November 6, 2013 at 11:57 am |
  178. Karwan

    Well what i think is that hazing is really wrong. Why would someone ever threat someone and their mother like that? They need to stop acting like children and grow up like adults they are. Put your foot down and step up for your self, be a man.

    November 6, 2013 at 11:58 am |
  179. Nistasjia

    I think that was very immature. They are grown men acting like children. They call it hazing ,but i think its still bullying. For them to be a professional team they were acting childish. They are setting bad examples for athletes, children , schools, and colleges.

    November 6, 2013 at 11:59 am |
  180. Ke'Shawn

    What i think about the situation is that hazing is childish especially in the NFL nobody should get treated bad when your on teams or any other team if you been messing with him for a long time i would get upset too its a breaking point your grown man in the pro some people barely make it and your bullying / hazing with your own teammate. Most line are friends they're real close like brothers.

    November 6, 2013 at 12:00 pm |
  181. Damon

    Icognito has to be more mature than this. I know veterans like to mess with rookies in every sport, but this is taking it too far. I think the team took the right decision for suspending him.

    November 6, 2013 at 12:00 pm |
  182. Paco

    This kind of behavior is unacceptable, he needed to be suspended. He let his anger get the best of him.

    November 6, 2013 at 12:00 pm |
  183. Eliud

    I can't believe that people still bully and haze other people when they are an adult. Its as if they are little kids like Incognito.

    November 6, 2013 at 12:01 pm |
  184. Javon

    I feel that the NFL made the right decision, by suspending incognito for his harsh behavior. This is not the only thing incognito has been known for. He is also known for starting an altercation with The Houston Texans defensive end after the whistle was blown.

    November 6, 2013 at 12:02 pm |
  185. Corde'

    I think this situation is unfortunate. I would think if you're a grown man in the NFL you would be able to stand up for yourself but I guess not. But I do think it's not right to bully and it's wrong.

    November 6, 2013 at 12:05 pm |
  186. Javon

    I feel that the NFL made the right decision by suspending incognito for his harsh behavior. This is not the only thing incognito has been known for. He is also known for starting an altercation with The Houston Texans defensive end after the whistle was blown. Finally, the NFL hit Incognito with drastic consequences for repeated actions.

    November 6, 2013 at 12:09 pm |
  187. zakee

    i think the bully in this situation was very immature and he should be setting good examples for people to look up to him as a good person or football player but just because that mistake anything could happen he could get kicked out of the nfl because bullying is is a serious crime and honestly if u have kids you should grow up and be mature about things and if u have kids shame on you because now your kids know what you do to people thats under your rank. another thing is your suppose to treat your team as family not judge by what level of skill hes in.

    November 6, 2013 at 12:10 pm |
  188. ryan


    November 6, 2013 at 12:34 pm |
  189. Corde'

    I think this situation is awkward, I would think if you're a grown man in the NFL you would be able to stand up for yourself but it's still wrong to bully never the less.

    November 6, 2013 at 12:54 pm |
  190. Christian

    I think it was right for him to be suspended because Incognito was treating him badly and making him pay for things he didn't have to.

    November 6, 2013 at 2:05 pm |
  191. zachary

    i personally think this is a humongous case of the classic taking milk money from a kid situation but this is affecting his mood so bad that he quit a very well paying job and this is getting blown out of proportion so basically there bullies and that's bad

    November 6, 2013 at 5:03 pm |
  192. Jillian

    This is definitely out of bounds. These football players are grown men, not children, and they should change how they are acting. They're not in middle school anymore.

    November 7, 2013 at 12:00 am |
  193. richard

    They are pro football players they should not be acting this way

    November 7, 2013 at 9:39 am |
  194. David

    i really dont watch football but the dolphins is my team. i dont like that all this stuff is happening in the team. they all just need to go to a shrink

    November 7, 2013 at 9:40 am |
  195. Kassandra

    I think that they are not handling the situation correctly. They are not being adults like an more childish like. They're like a family. I think they should not treat him that way. They should respect each other and be with him in situations like this. Not just for him but for anyone in their team. Their is no I in team.

    November 7, 2013 at 9:40 am |
  196. Lindsey

    This is not a good thing at all, sport teams become like a family and able to trust one another, if they cannot be like a family their team will not play well together and their team will basically just fall apart. I think what he did was not right, he is suppose to be role model for these rookies. This situation needs to be handled correctly.

    November 7, 2013 at 9:41 am |
  197. lazaro

    i think that i not right for him to get suep it al going to effect the team but some of it promble was them play joke and panrk on people

    November 7, 2013 at 9:43 am |
  198. Zarria

    even thpugh they are famous players they still need to be treated like americans which is abiding by the law

    November 7, 2013 at 9:44 am |
  199. Austin

    I think they should grow up and act like a grown up and the team should handle it professionaly.

    November 7, 2013 at 9:44 am |
  200. Dreamer

    it is a childish thing and it is something that would happen in high school.

    November 7, 2013 at 9:46 am |
  201. Diana

    Being an athlete in sports is the same as having a job anywhere. Honestly I don't have much interest in sports. Soccer is the best sport anyways. Real football is soccer. The people in american football can't even behave to be hired for a very high paying job.

    November 7, 2013 at 9:47 am |
  202. Maliq

    These players should be ressponsible for what they did and suffer the consequences.

    November 7, 2013 at 9:47 am |
  203. Claudia

    I think that is a bad situation. I think if it was just playing but when it comes to it affecting someone really bad then no.

    November 7, 2013 at 9:49 am |
  204. Denise

    I am appalled at the behavior of these so called professionals. There are young people committing suicide because they are unable to deal with being bullied and then we have so called professionals who children look up to bullying. I am thankful somebody of authority took a stand against bullying and suspended Incognito. In a profession where they are already overpaid and set an example for the young people (whether they want to or not) they need to remember what young people are facing on a daily basis. We are trying to eliminate bullying and for these "professionals" to bully is unacceptable. What is just as appalling is the fact the other players see NOTHING wrong with what was going on and it is okay to bully thinking it makes people stronger. I wonder if they would think it is acceptable it their child were to commit suicide because of bullying. I am of the opinion that if these professionals cannot conduct themselves in a manner that sets a good example for the young people who look up to them they should NOT be allowed to remain a member of the team.

    November 7, 2013 at 10:12 am |
  205. Paige

    Bullying is a big problem in our society today. I do understand how some people say "He should stand up for himself.", but I think he did the right thing by leaving the team and leaving that behind him. I hope Richy Incognito gets punished for bullying, so it'll show to the younger kids that are being the bully or getting bullied, what can happen.

    November 7, 2013 at 10:37 am |
  206. Eddie

    I think they should ban him for life in football; he went too far and should act like an adult johnthan maartin did not do anything wrong richie incognito should not have been racist i mean honestly come on he needs to keep his mouth shut and just focus on the games coming up.

    November 7, 2013 at 11:04 am |
  207. Eddie

    you should be a shame of yourself being racist c'mon man stop acting like a kid and start being a man for once. you heard what your former teammate ricky williams said it is dissgraceful and I agree with ricky williams he was a former teammate and i got johnthan martins back and i am fan of him so know your role and keep your mouth shut and that's the bottom line.

    November 7, 2013 at 11:11 am |
  208. Tyler

    its called professional football , they suppose to act like an adult and not acting stupid. its childish and you need to grow up. treat people the way you want to be treated.

    November 7, 2013 at 11:16 am |
  209. Shantana

    think football players should be role models for a lot of young men. What Incognito did was wrong and he deserved to be suspended. Any form of bullying is punishable.

    November 7, 2013 at 11:16 am |
  210. samson

    i feel that it was just hazing. i believe they made a big deal out of nothing

    November 7, 2013 at 11:16 am |
    • Denise

      Just hazing? Really? There have people killed during hazing and you really want to call it "just hazing". Maybe you should consider moving to a country where "just hazing" is acceptable.

      November 8, 2013 at 10:40 am |
  211. Jessica

    I think they're grown big football players. Maybe the boy that they say gets bullied is in the wrong profession or something and needs to go to a bakery. Their isn't no way a man can bully another man, that's dumb.

    November 7, 2013 at 11:17 am |
  212. Luke

    i think the players are wrong for bullying him ,an they should have something done about it .Its one thing to joke but is another to bully that's going to far

    November 7, 2013 at 11:18 am |
  213. Tori

    Its A shame how an adult football player would bully another player I think that he should be kicked off the team you shouldn't bully people and its very childish that an adult would act like that he needs to grow up and be a man.

    November 7, 2013 at 11:18 am |
  214. thomas

    i think it is very bad that one of the nfl players is gitting bullyed unlike the high school foot ball team i think they sould just take the miami dohins out of the games intel next season.

    November 7, 2013 at 11:19 am |
  215. Sofi

    I honestly think they should give each other respect and space. Thay should do this to each other thats why you are a team. Teamwork is always the key for a good team. Bulling should not be allowed.

    November 7, 2013 at 11:20 am |
  216. Sierra

    They should be ressponsible for what they did and suffer the consequences. If they don't want do that then they shouldn't have did it. I mean GROW up !

    November 7, 2013 at 11:20 am |
  217. Ro'darius

    I believe this was a out of bounds act because whether you liked that your teammate or not you should bully them I also believe that these are grown men and they bullying another grown men I think that is childish and unprofessional and the bad part about it that they are part of the NFL

    November 7, 2013 at 11:21 am |
  218. ron

    well they should talk to both of the players and tell the person who is doing it tell him why is he doing that for

    November 7, 2013 at 11:21 am |
  219. Jaye

    In my opinion bullying anyone whether online, over the phone, or in person is still wrong. Personally i cannot stand bullying because I know what It feels like to be bullied and you feel helpless and weak. Noone should have to go through that. The fact that its football players doing it is a shame. They should be a shame of themselves. They are not thinking of the impact that may have on some kid who looks up to them. They may look at that and think that bullying is okay. They should definately think before they act on a decision put themselves in the place of the person they are bullying and ask themselves would they want to be bullied?

    November 7, 2013 at 11:23 am |
  220. Joshalin

    What The Football Player Did Was Really Unneccesary And Wrong. I Believe They Did The Right Choice On Suspending Him. He Should Get Kicked Out Of The Team. Bullying Should Not Be Tolerated, Regardless Of Anything. They Are Called Professional Football Players So Why Would They Bully? They Should Represent Teamwork, Respectness, And Pride. They Are Just Reflecting Themselves As Not So What Called Professional Football Players Cause If Your A Professional Player On Anything You Should Be Smart Enough To Do The Right Thing.

    November 7, 2013 at 11:24 am |
  221. Sha-Tara

    These are professional football players and role models. They should not be acting this way, especially since they have younger children that look up to them. They need to set their act straight and change their behavior. Just do it for the kids.

    November 7, 2013 at 1:18 pm |
  222. maurice

    i feel as though its their life to live. just as we all live our lives.

    November 7, 2013 at 1:20 pm |
  223. Raekwon

    They should suffer the consequences. Richie incognito should not have been racist They should be ban from football ..

    November 7, 2013 at 1:20 pm |
  224. zaria

    They should think before they act on a decision put themselves in the place of the person they are bullying and ask themselves would they want to be bullied? No they wouldn't they should think of it as if it was happening to them but they should also think of teamwork and the consequences of what may happen the them as the act of bullying.

    November 7, 2013 at 1:21 pm |
  225. stephen

    i think he was playing with the man but he was just jokeing

    November 7, 2013 at 1:21 pm |
  226. Megan

    Little kids loom up to them kids that want to play football and acting like that going to make the kids not want to look up to him and that he is a grown man why is he acting like a little kid im glad they suspended him cause bullying wrong for any age

    November 7, 2013 at 1:22 pm |
  227. bobby

    I think that he was just playing with him because he is about grown and should be able too defend his self but the man who was bullying the other guy and should be punished for it but oh well life's hard.

    November 7, 2013 at 1:24 pm |
  228. Romana

    I believe they did right to suspend this player. this is called bullying no matter where it is committed. If you are in the NFL you are a grown person you should NOT be behaving like a small child.

    November 7, 2013 at 1:25 pm |
  229. koya

    I think this is unacceptable behavior. You must be more mature than that. You how old and bullying people. Grow up!

    November 7, 2013 at 1:26 pm |
  230. ambrosia

    bullying is wrong we should all know that. this shows that not only does bullying takes places in school its takes place anywhere and everywhere.

    November 7, 2013 at 1:26 pm |
  231. Hayden

    This is more of hazing if anything. All Rookies in any level get hazed their first year. He might have took it to the extreme by his choice of words but I still think its hazing. If the other played would have finished the year I'm sure all of this would stop after his first year with the team.

    November 7, 2013 at 1:29 pm |
  232. elizabeth

    I think he should never play angain in the game for the rest of his life.

    November 7, 2013 at 1:30 pm |
  233. Catilyn

    Though bullying your teammates is not right, because teammates should treat each other like family. Also, as a team, they are role models for young children and teenagers who want to pursue in a professional football career. Especially, bullying is not professional in any type or field of any career or profession that a person attends.

    November 7, 2013 at 1:31 pm |
  234. Taylor

    The team should handle it professionally and grow up. They are adults and they need to leave the childishness behind

    November 7, 2013 at 1:32 pm |
  235. Austin

    why be a bully that you try be the big man around and we are all one

    November 7, 2013 at 5:16 pm |
  236. Andrea

    I wish he wasn't off the team I wish he was on the team! 🙂

    November 7, 2013 at 5:29 pm |
  237. Preet

    I understand the coach said to push him a little but incognito took it to the next level but Martian should have stood up for himself. like in school you cant put to much trust in coaches and teachers.

    November 7, 2013 at 7:06 pm |
  238. Kate

    I think that what these players did was wrong. Bullying is something that students are taught not to do because it hurts others.These players were very mean and they hurt someone, but they didn't just hurt one person they've affected many more. A large amount of children idolize professional athletes so, if they see them bullying other players then kids will think that its okay to be mean to others even if it goes against what they were already taught.

    November 7, 2013 at 10:29 pm |
  239. Lucas

    This should not be happening! This is the N.F.L and these are grown men bullying each other. A team should be like a family; you have your ups and downs but, you always stand up for each other and work together. I understand the being tough on each other but, this has just gone way too far.

    November 8, 2013 at 7:57 am |
  240. Ryan

    He just needs to play football and not mess with the rookies. They are his own teammate .

    November 8, 2013 at 11:01 am |
  241. Gisselle

    I believe this out of bounds , you should never do something like that

    November 8, 2013 at 1:23 pm |
  242. Olivia

    I think that as long as he wasn't threatening that it shouldn't be a big deal. If he was extremely verbally abusing another person then yes, he should be suspended, but if they were simple jeers, then I believe its part of the game.

    November 8, 2013 at 1:24 pm |
  243. Michaela

    This story has inspired many people in my class and environment. I definitely give credit to this football player. Note to self: Always stand up for yourself. Have your own voice!♥

    November 8, 2013 at 1:24 pm |
  244. Jordan

    Being the teenager I am, a mature one, if people are concerned about misconduct when discussing football, why are you talking about football. It's a barbarian sport and nothing more. Strategy my arse, you can't be taking a sport like this seriously.

    November 8, 2013 at 1:24 pm |
  245. Michaela

    Stay strong and stay beautiful♥

    November 8, 2013 at 1:25 pm |
  246. Justin

    bullying is wrong and you should be ashamed if you are a bully. Bullying is not apart of the game!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 8, 2013 at 1:25 pm |
  247. sally

    I don't think that they should be bullying each other on the team or they both will get kicked off the NFL

    November 8, 2013 at 1:26 pm |
  248. Jarius

    I believe that bullying should never be accepted no matter if it is in the NFL or at school because it is wrong.

    November 8, 2013 at 1:26 pm |
  249. Kelly

    I believe that the they make a right choice on suspending him. Bullying should not be allowed nor tolerated.

    November 8, 2013 at 1:30 pm |
  250. DaMario

    to be honest I do think it is out of bounds I mean what did the players do wrong to be kicked off

    November 8, 2013 at 1:32 pm |
  251. kimarah

    I think they did the right choice by suspending him. bullying should not be tolerated. they are professional football players so why would they bully?

    November 8, 2013 at 2:19 pm |
  252. Mikayla

    this kid took things way to far. you are supposed to respect and stand up for your teammates.

    November 8, 2013 at 2:20 pm |
  253. Andrew

    Just leave them alone and let them play football

    November 8, 2013 at 2:22 pm |
  254. Jennifer

    I think that it's way out of bounds for them to be doing that to their own players. Bullying is against the law so I think anyone that had anything to do with this should be suspended from the team.

    November 8, 2013 at 3:15 pm |
  255. Robin

    If he is bullying he should have been taken off the team. I also think others knew about what was going on and should have taken a stand. I also think the whole situation could have been dealt with in a better way.

    November 11, 2013 at 10:39 am |
  256. Zoe

    I think Incognito should just realize that he made a mistake no matter what he meant. He may not have realized that he hurt Martin's feelings in saying that. Incognito should realize that bullying is an intolerable behavior, even for adults!

    November 11, 2013 at 6:58 pm |