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Jonathan Martin

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1/8/2014 9:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Jonathan Martin didn't look like a man who was dragged into hitting strip clubs before he accused teammate Richie Incognito of bullying ... at least judging by this pic, which is now in the hands of investigators and obtained by TMZ Sports.

Of course, after Martin left the Miami Dolphins in the wake of his bullying allegations against Richie, there were reports Incognito had been holding linemen meetings at Tootsie's Cabaret in Miami ... and players who didn't show up were fined and mocked.

But sources connected to the NFL investigation tell TMZ Sports ... Martin had sent several text messages to Richie before the fallout making it clear he was VERY comfortable hanging out in strip clubs.

In fact, we're told the picture (above) was taken at Tootsie's during a team outing in the summer of 2013. Sources connected to the strip club tell us Martin was hanging out with roughly 15 to 30 teammates that night and appeared to be enjoying himself (just look at the grin and the stack of cash in his hand).

We're also told ... the text messages show Martin would OFTEN reach out to Incognito about his fondness for strip clubs, especially Tootsie's ... and never gave any hint that he was ever uncomfortable in that scene.

In one of the texts, sent in June 2013, Martin told Incognito he liked Tootsie's so much, he planned to bring some visiting high school friends to the joint for a good time.

There's more ... we're also told the text exchanges show a conversation in which Martin said he couldn't make it out one night because "Mary Jane" had him glued to his couch.

We also know investigators have obtained hundreds of texts between Richie and Martin, which show they often exchanged graphic taunts ... and that Martin gave as good as he got.  Incognito has previously explained that he considered Martin one of his best friends and that the texts were in good fun.

We reached out to Martin's camp for comment -- and a rep told us, "We are fully participating in the independent investigation and await the results."

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286 days ago


Nice smear campaign from Incognito. Incognito is still an a$$ harassed in the workplace.... Still deserves to be fired just like any other EEOC employee/employer relationship. You cant harass at work.

286 days ago


Strip Club??? Definitely looks like a Knocking Shop for team players!

286 days ago


Cool story bro

286 days ago


Not all they're cracked up to be after a half hr the novelty is over and it just seems a sad, degrading sleazebucket of grossness. For everybody

286 days ago


Hey freinds make stupid jokes and hurt their freinds feelings.....sometimes u go along with it hoping that it would stop one day.....incognito shoukd have been mature enough to know that he went to FAR with his tatesless jokes on alot of ocassions........incognito is what you call a freinemy

286 days ago


I saw a reality show the other day where a young guy actually had to confront his freinds and tell them that their contasnt joking about his deformed nose actually hurts his feelings.......they claimed that they did not realize that he was hurt by their remarks and jokes about his nose....but they were 17 and mature enough to know that he probably felt hurt and just laughed it off

286 days ago

Darren Lord    

Martin is a piece of work...throwing friends under the bus when he had this planned from when he knew he couldn't handle playing on the NFL level! Dood didn't even care about his TEAM..just himself! He's lucky his mommy & daddy have money & was actually able to make it look like he was a victim when he was in the center of it & loving It! Loser!!!

286 days ago


This just goes back to what everyone in Miami has suspected all along, that Martin was just a bad player who quit on his team and then got home and his lawyer mother made up a story so that he could sue and keep his signing bonus and nothing more. Martin was not bullied, he was a soft player that could not cut it in the NFL and nothing more, it happens all the time the only exception was that his mother was a big time harassment attorney that concocted a story to get her little baby paid.

286 days ago


Lets guess that Martin's favorite song is "I like big butts and I can not lie", judging by that picture.

286 days ago


it looks like he scared to me.

286 days ago

Unbroken Chain    

I am a Dolphins fan and this whole thing makes me sick. I hope Incognito sues the Dolphins for the damage to his reputation and future warning potential. The fact of the matter is Jonathan Martin was a terrible football player and couldn't handle it anymore because he isn't tough enough. He just wants to sue the dolphins. Hopefully this evidence will stop that. Thanks for reporting this tmz!!!!

286 days ago


Somebody looks like an asssss......

286 days ago


Being bullied, huh? Yeah, okay! But no problems with sexual exploitation. #butiwasbulliedthough

286 days ago

Coach DMV    

Being bullied, huh? Yeah, okay! No problems with sexual exploitation though.

286 days ago
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