November 4th, 2013
10:27 AM ET

Bullying In The NFL?

Allegations of bullying in the locker room leads the Dolphins to suspend Richie Incognito, CNN's John Berman reports.

We're learning new details about alleged player misconduct within the Miami Dolphins locker room that may have played a role in the abrupt departure of offensive tackle Jonathan Martin last week

The Miami Herald reports, citing an unnamed source, that veteran players are allegedly pressuring younger players to pay for their high-priced outings.  One unnamed rookie player is nearly broke because he can't say no to the older players, the source told the Herald.

Martin allegedly left the Dolphins after an incident with a group of players standing up and leaving when he tried to join them for lunch. The NFL is conducting an investigation and the team released a statement saying in part:

"We are taking these allegations very seriously and plan to review the matter further."

This comes on the heels of an ESPN report over the weekend that offensive lineman Richie Incognito pressured Martin into paying $15,000 for a trip to Las Vegas that Martin wasn't even on.

Incognito fought back on Twitter writing:

"@espn: Shame on you for attaching my name to false speculation. I won't be holding my breathe for an apology."

Late Sunday, the Dolphins indefinitely suspending Incognito pending the outcome of the investigation.

Psychiatrist Dr. Gail Saltz weighed in on "New Day" Monday defining the difference between hazing and bullying and said anyone can be picked on, no matter their size.

Dr. Saltz said, "You don't know what happens in private moments. Hazing is hard to get rid of because a group feels like, well we went through it and it's part of being in the camaraderie, but you don't know what goes on behind closed doors to one individual."


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