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Recently, a highly charged report was released documenting the intense abuse and bullying happening in the Miami Dolphins’ locker room.1 It details the aggressive, racist, and hetero-sexist taunting by three of the team’s players: Richie Incognito, John Jerry, and Mike Pouncey. Their workplace taunts included calling their teammates “f**got,” “n**ger,” and “p**sy” — all horrifying and degrading words used to humiliate others.

One publicly named bullying victim, Jonathan Martin, was a rookie who was so upset about being abused that he quit playing football and sought treatment for emotional distress. Now, the report about the Dolphins reveals another victim: an assistant trainer of Japanese descent who remains unnamed out of fear of retribution.


Join us in supporting this assistant trainer. Stand up against NFL-sanctioned bullying.


As it becomes clearer and more evident how rampant bigoted hazing really is in the NFL, we demand that owners and coaches do more than — as Dolphins owner Steve Ross says — “create curriculum which emphasizes accountability.”2 Ross and other owners, along with coaches, can make sure that players who abuse others because of their race, ethnicity, and sexuality (or any other marginalized identity) be fully reprimanded and prevented from ever having field time again. And they can start by giving Incognito, the Dolphins’ notorious bullying ringleader, the boot — for good.

In the meantime, you can let the Dolphins’ assistant trainer of Japanese descent know that we’ve got his back. And that we’re committed to ending bullying and player misconduct both on and off the field.

In solidarity,PaKou, Cynthia, Samala, & Cayden, The 18MR Team


[1] REPORT TO THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE CONCERNING ISSUES OF WORKPLACE CONDUCT AT THE MIAMI DOLPHINS Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, 02/14/2014
[2] NFL: Miami Dolphins owner promises locker room changes after Jonathan Martin Report SkySports, 02/15/14

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