The Miami Dolphins locker room isn't the only place where sides are being chosen. Some of the Fins' fans in the stands also appear to be throwing their support behind Richie Incognito with the team embroiled in a bullying scandal involving Jonathan Martin.
With the Dolphins visiting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night, several fans of the Fins turned up at Raymond James Stadium with signs declaring their support for Incognito. While some of the signs simply asked the Dolphins to "FREE" the suspended lineman there was at least one that took a swipe at Martin.
Incognito, a nine-year NFL veteran once voted the dirtiest player in the league, was suspended indefinitely by team on Nov. 2 for his alleged involvement the mistreatment of Jonathan Martin. A second-year offensive tackle, Martin abruptly left the team on Oct. 28 to receive treatment for emotional issues supposedly brought on by harassment by his teammates.
Seeming to take a different view than these fans, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross indicated he was eager to speak with Martin when addressing the situation before his team lost to the Bucs 22-19.
"I look forward to that meeting. I think that can help us move forward," Ross told reporters on Monday, via The Associated Press. "I'd like to hear from him what had happened, why he felt that way and what we did and what we could have done to prevent something like this from happening. I want to hear the circumstances, the facts."
Regardless of the facts, it seems that a faction of the fan base -- and perhaps of the players in the locker room -- will not be as open to hearing Martin's side of the story. Perhaps with this situation in mind, an unnamed source described as close to Martin told ESPN's Lisa Salters that the second-year player "wants to play in the NFL again but feels he can't do it with the Miami Dolphins."