The Miami Dolphins announced Tuesday night that they have traded Jonathan Martin – the player at the center of a bullying scandal that drew national attention – to the San Francisco 49ers for an undisclosed draft choice.
Martin suffered "significant emotional distress" at the hands of three of his Dolphins teammates, including fellow offensive lineman Richie Incognito, according to independent NFL investigator Ted Wells.
“We feel that this move is in the best interests of all parties involved. We wish Jonathan well,” new Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey said on Twitter.
The offensive tackle responded to the trade by saying he was "Beyond Blessed." He also tweeted the below messages:
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The trade brings Martin back together with his former coach at Stanford, Jim Harbaugh.
Martin abruptly left the team in October as the Dolphins' bullying saga began to unfold.
Incognito and two other starters on Miami’s offensive line, John Jerry and Mike Pouncey, “engaged in a pattern of harassment directed at not only Jonathan Martin, but also another young Dolphins offensive lineman and an assistant trainer," Wells said as his final report was released last month.
Incognito was suspended indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team on Nov. 3.