Ted Wells' Incognito-Martin Report Released
After a delay, NFL special investigator Ted Wells’ report on the Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin case has been released. The report is 144 pages long, and you can find it all right here.
"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," Wells said in a statement.
Incognito has been vocal in his displeasure over the delay, and he has gone on the offensive against both Wells and Martin on Twitter. While there has been an outpouring of support for Incognito in the last two weeks, he cannot be pleased with Wells’ report. It appeared that public opinion had shifted toward his side after 1,000-plus text messages between the two were released that seemed to paint their relationship in a different light, but things could change now that Wells has provided a clearer picture of what transpired in Miami’s locker room. He is being named as the main instigator in the harassment of Martin, and he could be facing further punishment by the league.
Included in the report were offensive lineman John Jerry and Mike Pouncey, who are also being accused of harassing Martin. An assistant trainer of Japanese descent and unnamed offensive lineman are also being named victims of harassment.
Martin never reported the abuse to anyone within the Dolphins organization, and coach Joe Philbin and the front office were unaware of the situation. However, offensive line coach Jim Turner is being accused of participating in some of the bullying toward the unnamed offensive lineman.
Wells found that the repeated acts of harassment contributed to Martin’s departure and mental health issues, and the actions of Martin’s accused teammates is consistent with a case of workplace bullying that were not fabricated by Martin.
"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,” a statement read.