True football fans hate it. But this just won't go away. At an early press conference phillbin said he would only talk about the game; and the conference only lasted a few minutes. Because who wants to talk about that?
Then at a later conference, he started with "I hope you guys didn't pull a hamstring...." and then made a brief statement and only talked about this. Then several players came out and only talked about this.
And while I was glad to hear them actually speak up, rather than hide, there are two inherent problems: there's an active investigation, and saying too much could be detrimental. And what they pretty much said was "we support incognito and not Martin, and kinda sorta don't want Martin back".
And that's a problem under the CBA. Martin it seems wouldn't be welcome back. That's not gonna fly.
And then there was a report that Jeff Ireland was aware of the issue because martins agent called him. We also hear that Ireland told him to man up. Out if context, that sounds bad for Ireland.
Then there was a report of the head of the NFLPA asking for agents for both players to
meet and settle this.
And it's becoming more of an NFL issue simply because reporters in other cities are asking players and coaches to weigh in, one would assume to try and break a similar story in another city.
And that reminds me: one of the fins players made a comment that this was a nothing, a joke, and essentially that martin overreacted, and reporters had made too much of "nothing"
Say what you will, that's a red flag right there. About the culture of football. About how people are treated in locker rooms.
At one point, you may recall, the military came under scrutiny for similar behaviors and was forced to change. It's time for football to change too.