Shaun King on Dolphins' bullying

Shaun King on Dolphins' bullying
November 8, 2013, 12:00 pm

The Dolphins bullying situation has been big news across the NFL for a week now, and Tom E. Curran talked about it with NBC Sports Network's Shaun King on Quick Slants.

King gives his take on the situation, and says that although Richie Incognito is bears the most blame, it doesn't end there.

"I think there's a lot of blame to go around for letting it get to this point," King said. "And by that I mean - let's start with the administration. I really don't hold them culpable on a lot of this unless Jonathan Martin went to the head coach or the general manager, or the owner, because they could easily [have] been unaware of something like this if it was going on. I think the most blame goes to Richie Incognito because he crossed the line. A reasonable person would say that voicemail, those texts, and combination are far across the line that exists in the majority of National Football League franchises."

But King also says that Martin himself deserves blame for letting it get to this stage.

"And in my opinion Jonathan Martin deserves some of the blame as well. And I'm going to say this because I know bullying is a subject that especially has significance in our school system in this country: If you're being bullied, if you're being taken advantage of, no one can help you if they don't know about it. So when I say that Jonathan should have stood up for himself, that's not necessarily saying that he had to go and fight Richie Incognito. But when he got that voicemail those texts he could have taken them to Coach Philbin or Jeff Ireland or something that could have stepped in and made the situation stop."