In the wake of the ongoing Richie Incognito/Jonathan Martin story, there has been untold amounts of collateral damage to innocent others. Ryan Tannehill has lost two of his protectors, Dolphins fans have seen their plausible playoff hopes all but evaporate, and the Twitter mentions for New York Times political reporter Jonathan Martin are out of control:
As reports of the treatment of Martin by a fellow lineman, the more improbably named Richie Incognito, became the biggest story in sports, my “@” mentions on Twitter began including about an equal mix of hang-in-there notes of encouragement and pointed inquires about the robustness of my manhood. Since the Dolphins were defeated by Tampa Bay, 22-19, on Monday night, though, there has been less good will — and their fans have become even more pointed.
“U got a beagle dog as ur profile pic n ur in the nfl,” wrote @calli_631, who also used a word a vulgarity to accuse me of ruining the Dolphins’ season. Somebody named RunRickyRun (handle: @LordGexs) was a bit more delicate about my namesake’s absence from Miami’s offensive line. “The Dolphins need ya back ASAP!!!!! @jmartnyt @68INCOGNITO.”
As Martin points out, however, any abuse he has suffered pales in comparison to what life was like for Baltimore sportscaster Gerry Sandusky.
[New York Times