DeMaurice Smith, the NFL Players Association executive director, said Thursday he continues to be in touch with players on the Miami Dolphins surrounding the investigation into alleged misconduct by guard Richie Incognito over the treatment of tackle Jonathan Martin.
Smith's statement: "I continue to be in touch with players in Miami, their representatives and player leadership, and I look forward to information that defines the full scope of the NFL's investigation. Every NFL player should expect safe and professional working conditions.
"The NFLPA has taken steps to ensure that every one of our affected members is represented. It is our duty as a union to learn the full facts, protect the interests of players involved and hold management accountable to the highest standards of fairness and transparency."
In the meantime, Martin has hired an attorney.
David Cornwell, who represents Alex Rodriguez and is a familiar foe of the NFLPA, was retained by Martin.
Cornwell is expected to advise Martin and his family during the NFL investigation and related contractual and peripheral matters that could arise depending on the outcome of Martin's continued leave from the Dolphins.
Martin left the Dolphins on Oct. 28 and reportedly checked into a hospital. He hopes to resume his football career, but how and where is unclear as the NFL investigation into misconduct allegations moves forward in Miami.
Incognito, who was on the Dolphins' team-voted leadership council, was suspended Sunday by coach Joe Philbin. Philbin said he was immediately in contact with Martin after an incident in the team cafeteria caused what is being described as an "emotional breakdown."
Martin left the team after the incident that was initially portrayed as a prank.