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Wells Report

Wells Report

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Report to the NFL concerning the workplace conduct of the Miami Dolphins in wake of the Jonathan Martin/Richie Incognito issue
Report to the NFL concerning the workplace conduct of the Miami Dolphins in wake of the Jonathan Martin/Richie Incognito issue

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REPORT TO THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE CONCERNING ISSUES OF WORKPLACE CONDUCT AT THE MIAMI DOLPHINS
By: PAUL, WEISS, RIFKIND, WHARTON & GARRISON LLP Theodore V. Wells, Jr. Brad S. Karp Bruce Birenboim David W. Brown Date: February 14, 2014
 
 
Table of Contents
Introduction .......................................................................................................................... 1
 
Background .......................................................................................................................... 6 Executive Summary ............................................................................................................. 9
 
1.
 
Martin Was Subjected to Persistent Harassing Language ........................... 9
 
2.
 
The Harassment Humiliated Martin and Contributed to His Mental Health Issues .............................................................................................. 13
 
3. The Mistreatment of Martin Is Consistent with a Case of Workplace Bullying ................................................................................... 17
 
4.
 
Incognito, Jerry and Pouncey Harassed Other Dolphins Personnel .......... 19
 
5.
 
Repeated Acts of Harassment
Contributed to Martin’s Departure
 ............ 24
 
6.
 
Martin Did Not Fabricate His Allegations of Harassment ........................ 27
 
7.
 
The Extent to Which the Abuse Resulted from Racial Animus Is Unclear ....................................................................................................... 29
 
8.
 
The Culture of the Dolphins Offensive Line Does Not Excuse the Mistreatment of Martin .............................................................................. 32
 
9.
 
Martin’s Friendship with Incognito Does Not Excuse the Abuse
 ............. 35
 
10.
 
Martin Never Reported the Abuse to the Dolphins Organization ............. 37
 
11.
 
The Fine Book Shows that Incognito Knew that the Harassment Affected Martin ......................................................................................... 39
 
12.
 
 No Malicious Physical Attack of Martin Occurred at a 2012 Christmas Party .......................................................................................... 42
 
13.
 
Coach Philbin and the Front Office Did Not Know About the Harassment ................................................................................................ 43
 
14.
 
The Verbal Abuse Was Contrary to Team Policies ................................... 47
 
15.
 
The Dolphins’ Plans To Improve the Team’s Workplace Conduct
Policies Are Commendable ....................................................................... 49
 
I.
 
Background ............................................................................................................ 51
 
A.
 
Events Leading to the Appointment of a Special Investigator .................. 51
 
B.
 
The Scope and Independence of the Investigation .................................... 52
 
C.
 
Interviews Conducted ................................................................................ 52
 
D.
 
Material Reviewed ..................................................................................... 53
 
E.
 
Expert Consultation ................................................................................... 53
 
 
 ii F.
 
Witness Privacy and Other Considerations ............................................... 54
 
II.
 
Factual Summary ................................................................................................... 56
 
A.
 
Relevant Parties ......................................................................................... 56
 
1.
 
Jonathan Martin ................................................................................... 56
 
2.
 
Richie Incognito ................................................................................... 59
 
3.
 
John Jerry ............................................................................................. 65
 
4.
 
Mike Pouncey ...................................................................................... 65
 
5.
 
The Miami Dolphins Organization ...................................................... 66
 
B.
 
The 2012 Season ........................................................................................ 67
 
1.
 
Martin’s Arrival at the Dolphins
.......................................................... 67
 
2.
 
Insulting Language Directed at Martin ................................................ 70
 
3.
 
Comments Regarding Martin’s Sister 
 ................................................. 71
 
4.
 
The View of Incognito and Others ...................................................... 76
 
5.
 
Views of Other Linemen ..................................................................... 79
 
6.
 
Treatment of Other Linemen ............................................................... 79
 
7.
 
Treatment of the Assistant Trainer ...................................................... 83
 
8.
 
Alleged Physical Harassment of Martin .............................................. 85
 
9.
 
The Friendship Between Martin and Incognito ................................... 88
 
10.
 
Martin’s Other Friends on the Dolphins
 .............................................. 93
 
11.
 
Martin’s Performance During the 2012 Season
................................... 94
 
C.
 
The 2013 Off-Season ................................................................................. 94
 
1.
 
Events of Early January 2013 .............................................................. 94
 
2.
 
Events of Late January to April 2013 .................................................. 97
 
3.
 
The April 6 Voicemail ......................................................................... 98
 
4.
 
Events of April to May 2013 ............................................................. 103
 
D.
 
The 2013 Season ...................................................................................... 117
 
1.
 
Insulting Language Directed at Martin .............................................. 117
 
2.
 
The Continuation of the Friendship between Martin and Incognito ............................................................................................ 118
 
3.
 
The Fine System and the Judas Concept ........................................... 121
 
4.
 
Performance of Martin and the Miami Offensive Line ..................... 123
 
5.
 
Martin Leaves the Dolphins............................................................... 124
 
6.
 
Martin’s Communications with Dolphins Personnel After
Leaving the Team .............................................................................. 127
 
7.
 
Incognito’s Entries in the Fine
Book ................................................. 129
 
8.
 
Ireland’s Communications with Zuckerman
 ..................................... 129
 
9.
 
Martin’s Communications with His Teammates after Returning
to California ....................................................................................... 130
 
10.
 
Incognito’s A
ttempted Destruction of the Fine Book ........................ 134
 
11.
 
Turner’s Pressuring of Martin to Defend Incognito
 .......................... 134
 
12.
 
The Dolphins’ Response to Martin’s Departure
 ................................ 135
 
13.
 
Owner Steve Ross Calls for Change .................................................. 138
 
14.
 
Status of Martin and Incognito .......................................................... 139
 

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