Wells releases report on Dolphins
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Ted Wells released his independent report Friday to the National Football League concerning allegations of workplace misconduct with the Miami Dolphins.
"The Report concludes that three starters on the Dolphins offensive line, Richie Incognito, John Jerry and Mike Pouncey, engaged in a pattern of harassment directed at not only Jonathan Martin, but also another young Dolphins offensive lineman and an assistant trainer," Wells said in a statement.
"The Report finds that the assistant trainer repeatedly was the object of racial slurs and other racially derogatory language; that the other offensive lineman was subjected to homophobic name-calling and improper physical touching; and that Martin was taunted on a persistent basis with sexually explicit remarks about his sister and his mother and at times ridiculed with racial insults and other offensive comments.
"The Report rejects any suggestion that Martin manufactured claims of abuse after the fact to cover up an impetuous decision to leave the team. Contemporaneous text messages that Martin sent to his parents and others months before he left the Dolphins - which have never before been made public - corroborate his account that the persistent harassment by his teammates caused him significant emotional distress.
"The Report concludes that the harassment by Martin's teammates was a contributing factor in his decision to leave the team, but also finds that Martin's teammates did not intend to drive Martin from the team or cause him lasting emotional injury."
The 144-page report comes out just two days after Incognito took to Twitter to voice more strong words towards Martin on their high-profile bullying scandal.
Martin left the Dolphins in late October before a Week 9 game against Cincinnati. Shortly afterward, Martin claimed that Incognito bullied him stemming from a voice mail in which Incognito used a racial slur and threatened violence toward Martin.
Incognito was suspended in early November and didn't play the rest of the season.
"Our office has received the report of independent counsel Ted Wells, which sets forth the findings of his investigation into the workplace environment at the Miami Dolphins," the NFL said in a statement. "Consistent with our commitment at the outset of this matter, the full report has been transmitted to our clubs and has been made public. We appreciate the work of Ted Wells and his colleagues and the cooperation of the Miami Dolphins organization in the investigation. After we have had an opportunity to review the report, we will have further comment as appropriate."
A good depiction of how Incognito and Pouncey felt about Martin can be seen on page 133 of the report, which shows a text-message exchange between Incognito and Pouncey.
Incognito: F-k Jmart That f-t is never [allowed] back
Pouncey: Bro I said the same thing I can't even look at him the same he's a p- y.
Incognito: My agent just said if we held mandatory strip club meetings Jmart is f-king ratting on everyone
Pouncey: Lol wow are you serious he is a f-k boy
Pouncey: He's not welcome back bro I can't be around that f-king guy
Incognito: F-k that guy if Ur not with [u]s Ur against us
Pouncey: No question bro he's a coward for snitching
Incognito: Snitches get stiches Blood in blood out F-king guy
Pouncey: He's dead to me
"We have received the report on workplace conditions in Miami," The NFLPA said in a statement. "We will review the findings closely, confer with our players and all relevant parties involved."
The report states that the assistant trainer, who was born in Japan, was the target of frequent and persistent harassment, including insults relating to his race and national origin.
Jerry and Pouncey admitted that they directed racially derogatory words toward him, including "Jap" and "Chinaman." At times, according to Martin, they referred to the assistant trainer as a "dirty communist" or a "North Korean."
When interviewed about these matters, the assistant trainer initially pleaded that he not be required to answer certain questions. He further claimed that Incognito was his friend and asserted that Incognito had never offended him.
The assistant trainer's remarks to Martin just hours after he left the team on Oct. 28 paint a different picture about his relationship with Incognito.
He sent Martin a text message indicating that he had indeed been personally offended by the insults directed at him by Incognito, Jerry and Pouncey: "Hey JM I understand how [y]ou feel man... They are relentless sometime.... Some day I wanna do exactly what you did today."
The Dolphins announced on Friday that they will not be making a statement until the club reviews the report.