Jonathan Martin’s NFL career has already come to an end, as he announced his retirement from the league earlier this offseason. It was a career full of drama and disappointment, but there is nothing that can change that now.
Martin was the victim of bullying during his tenure with the Miami Dolphins which could very well be the main reason that his career went downhill so quickly.
Martin took to his Facebook account to talk about his NFL career, and mentioned that he attempted to commit suicide multiple times while still playing in the league.
“You were raised in a good household. You know that you are a flawed person. Have done stupid, regrettable things. But you know right from wrong. And consider integrity to be incredibly important. The worst of all, in your mind, is being called a liar,” Martin wrote.
“Your job leads you to attempt to kill yourself on multiple occasions. Your self-perceived social inadequacy dominates your every waking moment and thought. You are petrified of going to work. You either sleep 12, 14, 16 hours a day when you can, or not at all. You drink too much, smoke weed constantly, have trouble focusing on doing your job, playing the sport you grew up obsessed with.”
This just goes to show that anyone can be going through a rough time and that bullying isn’t the answer. Martin had reached the point where many young kids dream of being, but he was still miserable and wanted to end his life.
It is a sobering thought and adds more understanding to the fans that verbally assaulted Martin throughout the entire process.
Seeing him walk away from the game makes a lot more sense now than it did just a couple short months ago. Many thought he was making a mistake, but it is obvious now that he is making a great decision to focus on life outside of the game.
Hopefully he is in a much better place in life and has found a way to move past those dark years. He was very brave to open up about his experiences in the NFL, even though some will still find a way to turn things around and throw even more hate in his direction.
Martin’s story is a very sad one, but it is also an experience for young players and people to learn from.
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