Martin felt ‘trapped’ by Incognito situation

Updated: January 28, 2014, 8:07 PM ET


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Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin said in an interview with NBC’s Tony Dungy that he felt “trapped” after alleged repeated bullying by teammate Richie Incognito.

“I’m a grown man. I’ve been in locker rooms,” Martin told Dungy. “One incident doesn’t bother me. It was the persistence.

“I felt trapped, like I didn’t have a way to make it right. I thought it was best to remove myself from the situation.”

During Tuesday’s news conference to introduce new general manager Dennis Hickey, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross was asked if either player will return to the team in 2014.

“I don’t believe so,” Ross said candidly.

Miami’s owner quickly tried to backtrack after realizing what he said. But Ross’ honest answer was already out to the public.

“Well, I can’t say that. Therefore, I retract that,” Ross said. “One is a free agent, by the way, the other is on our roster.”

Ross said he expects the full Ted Wells report to be released not long after the Super Bowl. Ross said he’s been in communication with the NFL and has a good idea of some of the contents of the report.

The Dolphins finished 8-8 last season and fired former general manager Jeff Ireland. He was responsible for drafting Martin in the second round in 2012 and signed Incognito as a free agent in 2011.

Information from ESPN.com Dolphins reporter James Walker was used in this report.

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