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Pat McMahon

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In this July 24, 2013 file photo, Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito (68) and tackle Jonathan Martin (71) stand on the field during an NFL football practice in Davie, Fla. Two people familiar with the situation say suspended Dolphins guard Incognito sent text messages to teammate Jonathan Martin that were racist and threatening. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Dolphins and NFL haven't disclosed the nature of the misconduct that led to Incognito's suspension. Martin remained absent from practice Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, one week after he suddenly left the team. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

So you've always dreamed of your kid playing professional football? You say it wouldn't be because of the money or notoriety or even because of the game itself that so many of us love.

You say your life, as a parent, would be complete if only your son could experience the fraternal brotherhood of being on an NFL team. That's unity, that's bonding, that'sa load of crap.

The inhumane, sadistic treatment of Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin by his so-called teammate Richie Incognito is depraved on any level of society. And don't you gladiator groupies give me that garbage about the locker room being headquarters for hazing without limits or rules. That doesn't fly with countless other residents of that land of giants, who have publicly come forward to strongly reject Incognito's dirty play on the field and his outrageous behavior off it.

As a city, Miami should be ashamed of the lack of action from many of Martin's teammates and his coach, Joe Philbin, who are supposed to have his back instead of spitting in his face.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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