Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Jonathan Martin has reportedly gone 'AWOL' from the team after being targeted by a prank.
A group of Dolphins players pretended that they didn’t want to sit with Martin in the team cafeteria, Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reports. Martin, a second-year player out of Stanford University, reportedly “flipped out, smashed a food tray on the ground, took off, and they haven’t seen him since.”
“[Dolphins] O-line made fun of him and he snapped,” a source reportedly told ESPN. The 24-year-old left the team facility and has “gone AWOL from the team the last couple days,” Glazer reports. The Fox Sports reporter also revealed that a report that Martin got into an argument with Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman is erroneous.
The Dolphins’ are taking Martin’s temper tantrum seriously. The team listed Martin as doubtful for Thursday night’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals with an undisclosed “illness,” Pro Football Talk reports. However, NFL Media’s Jeff Darlington reported that Martin is seeking treatment for an “emotional breakdown.”
After his violent reaction to the prank, Martin reportedly checked himself into a hospital to retrieve treatment for his undisclosed ailment, NFL.com reports. The second-year player has since left the hospital, and is now spending time with his family.
The Dolphins selected Martin in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft. The two-time college All-American started off the season as Miami’s starting left tackle, but moved to the right side earlier this month when the team acquired Bryant McKinnie from the Ravens. Backup lineman Tyson Clabo is expected to start at right tackle during Martin’s absence.