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NYT Reporter Bombarded By Tweets Meant For The Other Jonathan Martin

Bullying Saga 'Blowing Up My Twitter Feed,' Political Correspondent Tells WFAN
Jonathan Martin the NYT reporter (L) and Jonathan Martin the Dolphins O-lineman (R). NOT the same person. (credit: Twitter)

Jonathan Martin the NYT reporter (L) and Jonathan Martin the Dolphins O-lineman (R). NOT the same person. (credit: Twitter)

NEW YORK (WFAN) — New York Times political correspondent Jonathan Martin says he’s being bombarded on Twitter with messages meant for someone else.

You may have heard of the other guy: Jonathan Martin, the Dolphins offensive lineman at the heart of Miami’s bullying controversy.

“It’s sort of blowing up my Twitter feed,” Martin  — the reporter, not the football player — said Tuesday on WFAN’s “Boomer & Carton” show. “It’s one of two responses that you get. I’d say about half of it is along the lines of ‘Hey man, get your head up, don’t let ‘em get you down.’ And the other half is a bit less family friendly. It’s not fit for a family radio show, let’s just say that.”

Then there are the users who lecture others for tweeting at the wrong Jonathan Martin.

“I don’t even have to say it,” Martin said. “Other people will weigh in and shame the person who got it wrong.”

Maybe the confusion stems from the fact that both Jonathan Martins are verified users, though it’s not difficult to spot the differences. Handles: @jmartNYT (reporter), @J_Martin71 (football player). Background images: New York Times building (reporter), game shot from Stanford (football player). Avatars: two beagles (reporter), himself in a Dolphins uniform (football player).

“If you have any sort of cursory knowledge of American culture and journalism, you know that NYT stands for New York Times,” Martin said. “So you would think people could figure that out.”

Martin found it “totally amusing” at first, but the Twitter tough guys are making it hard to stomach.

“It’s gotten to a point now where, I think I tweeted this yesterday, it’s a reminder that people are so emboldened behind a keyboard,” he said. “People say stuff to you behind the comfort of a computer and a keyboard (that) they would never say to you in person.”

Jonathan Martin of the Dolphins hasn’t tweeted since Oct. 28, when he left the team following a lunchroom prank.

He tweeted this three days earlier, which seems appropriate considering the Twitter mix-up:

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