Report: Bullying Victim Jonathan Martin to Retire From NFL

Jonathan Martin, Carolina Panthers, Miami Dolphins

Report: Bullying Victim Jonathan Martin to Retire From NFL

Offensive lineman opts to end career due to back problems.

Published July 27, 2015

Jonathan Martin has had a rather tumultuous NFL career since being drafted by the Miami Dolphins in 2012. Martin’s three year career is highlighted by his role as a victim in the now infamous October 2013 bullying scandal that shock up the league. Now the offensive tackle is reportedly retiring.

Faced with the proposition of undergoing a potential season-ending back surgery, Martin, 25, has decided to retire from the NFL instead, according to the NFL Network and ESPN.

"Well it was a situation where he was going to go to get ready for Carolina's camp, had a back injury, didn't feel up to it, and so he has decided at this point in time to walk away from the NFL," ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter said.

Martin last played for the San Francisco 49ers, starting nine games and playing in 15 total last season. After being released by the 49ers, the offensive tackle was claimed off waivers by the Carolina Panthers.


After being drafted by the Dolphins in the second round of the 2012 draft, Martin started 32 of 38 games in three seasons.

However, he'll always be linked to leaving the Dolphins in October 2013 after the bullying scandal, which he was the victim of, went public.

An NFL investigation ruled that three Miami linemen, led by Richie Incognito, John Terry and Mike Pouncey, harassed Martin and another young Dolphins' offensive lineman.

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Written by Mark Lelinwalla


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