Martin speaks with Dungy, says he felt 'trapped'

The Sports NetworkJanuary 29, 2014 

( - Jonathan Martin, the offensive tackle who left the Miami Dolphins in October after an alleged bullying scandal, spoke with former NFL coach Tony Dungy in an interview with NBC and said he needed to step away from "the situation."

NBC aired part of the interview on Tuesday night and again on Wednesday morning during the "Today" show.

"I wish I would have had more tools to solve my situation, but I didn't," Martin told Dungy. "I felt trapped like I didn't have a way to make it right. And it came down to the point where, you know, I thought it was best just to remove myself from the situation."

Martin left the Dolphins in late October before a Week 9 game against Cincinnati and teammate Richie Incognito was the central figure in the alleged harassment.

Incognito was suspended on Nov. 3 and didn't play the rest of the season. He allegedly used racial slurs and left threatening voicemails for Martin.

In his defense, Incognito told FOX Sports in an interview that he may have been too harsh on his younger teammate and regrets using racist language, but denies any bullying tactics.

The NFL launched a probe into the Dolphins' workplace conduct, led by special investigator Ted Wells. The results will likely be released some time after the Super Bowl.

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