Originally Posted by Yachtzee
I keep hearing more from NFL players laying some of the blame on Martin. If I'm the NFL, I think it would be wise to put a gag order on players and team officials from talking about it until the league can come out with an official response. Why? Because every time someone puts some of the blame on Martin, it's sending the wrong message, particularly to high school and college players who might be subject to bullying and harrassment. They're basically saying that if you tell administrators you're being bullied by teammates, you're not a man.
Same thing with playing while injured. These guys are taught, every step of the way, that you just deal with whatever the problem is, or you are less of a man.
Was it Jay Cutler a few years ago that tore something in his knee and players were talking about how weak he was before they ever knew the injury?
Concussions? Current players don't care much about those. Put me in coach. Just listen to them talk.
It is a part of their culture, right or wrong, and it is going to take a generation or more to get that kind of thinking out of the game.