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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Dolphins OL Jonathan Martin says teammates’ frequent vulgar language made him feel ‘trapped’

01.29.14 at 8:09 am ET
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WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: 76ers at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Thunder at Heat, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Bulls at Spurs, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Virginia Tech at Boston College, 7 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-AM)
College basketball: North Carolina at Georgia Tech, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Penn State at Ohio State, 7 p.m. (BTN)
College basketball: Memphis at UCF, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Rutgers at Temple, 7 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Syracuse at Wake Forest, 9 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: Arizona at Stanford, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Iowa State at Kansas, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Northwestern at Wisconsin, 9 p.m. (BTN)
College basketball: Butler at Seton Hall, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Belmont at Morehead State, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Arizona State at California, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Rangers vs. Islanders, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Manchester City at Tottenham, 2:40 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin emerged to give an interview to “NBC Nightly News” that aired Tuesday night, and he said he left the team in part because the frequent vulgar language made him feel trapped.

Martin, who has not spoken publicly since shortly after he left the team in October and claimed he was harassed by teammates, explained that he felt unprepared to deal with his teammates’ behavior.

“I’m a grown man,” Martin said. “I’ve been in locker rooms. There’s vulgar language used in locker rooms. One instance doesn’t bother me. It’s the persistence of it. I wish I would have had more tools to solve my situation. I felt trapped, like I didn’t have a way to make it right. It came down to a point where I thought it was best to remove myself from the situation.”

The league has assigned attorney Ted Wells to investigate the situation, and his report is expected to be released shortly after the Super Bowl.

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, meeting the media Tuesday as the team introduced new general manager Dennis Hickey, showed support for his organization’s handling of the matter.

“When [the report] comes out, we’ll do what has to be done,” Ross said. “In my mind, I know what direction we’re going. … The respect that we gained by how we handled the situation that took place here says a lot about this organization and the people that are running it.”

Ross, however, indicated that neither Martin nor suspended lineman Richie Incognito, who becomes a free agent next month, are likely to be brought back next season.

— Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter, in a join appearance with the United Steelworkers on Tuesday in Chicago, announced the formation of the first labor union for college athletes.

The College Athletes Players Association is being formed to take on the NCAA, which Colter says dictates terms to its tens of thousands of college athletes while generating hundreds of millions of dollars. Former UCLA football player Ramogi Huma will serve as the CAPA’s inaugural president.

“How can they call this amateur athletics when our jerseys are sold in stores and the money we generate turns coaches and commissioners into multimillionaires?” Colter said, adding: “The current model represents a dictatorship. We just want a seat at the table.”

Colter said “nearly 100 percent” of his teammates support the move, although they would prefer to keep a low profile. The NCAA and the Big Ten Conference criticized the move, saying college athletes can’t be considered employees.

Major League Baseball approved a protective cap for pitchers, unveiling the heavier, bigger hat Tuesday, although the use of the hat is voluntary.

The hat, featuring safety plates sewn in that provide protection to the forehead, temples and sides of the head, will be available for testing during spring training. It weighs 6-7 ounces more than a standard cap and is about a half-inch thicker in the front and an inch wider on the sides.

“Obviously, it’d be a change,” Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw told the MLB Network. “I’m definitely not opposed to it.”

Added Kershaw: “I think it’d take a lot of getting used to. You don’t look very cool, I’ll be honest.”

Brandon McCarthy, who suffered a skull fracture after being struck by a line drive in 2012, tweeted that he had already tried the hat and it was “headed in right direction but not game ready.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 29, 1996, the Red Sox sent outfielder Lee Tinsley, reliever Ken Ryan and minor league outfielder Glenn Murray to the Phillies for which pitcher (and two minor leaguers)?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “€œIt’€™€™s a rub play that everybody runs. It’€™€™s one of those deals where you try to get a rub on that guy and really, if you can get him to go over the top of you, the more separation the other receiver will have. That’€™€™s what I tried to do to get Demaryius [Thomas] a little more open, and unfortunately we collided.” Broncos receiver Wes Welker, at Tuesday’s Super Bowl media day, discussing the play in which he injured Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib in the AFC championship game

STAT OF THE DAY: 3 – Consecutive six-goals games for the Bruins, who routed the Panthers 6-2 Wednesday night

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): DJ Steve Porter gets in on the Richard Sherman rant with this remix.

Caltech’s Andrew Hogue slips while driving to the basket, but while on his back on the floor under a Chapman College player he still manages to score a basket.

From a water polo game in Serbia, Red Star goalie Denis Sefik fires a shot across the pool and gets a lucky bounce to score in the final seconds for a 12-11 victory over Radnicki Kragujevac.

Angels first baseman Albert Pujols stops by Sesame Street to hang out with Grover.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Heathcliff Slocumb

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Charlie Wilson, former lead singer of The Gap Band, was born on this day in 1953.

Read More: Clayton Kershaw, Jonathan Martin, Kain Colter, Richie Incognito