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Richie Incognito Did Harass, Torment Jonathan Martin: Ted Wells Report to NFL

Richie Incognito Did Harass, Torment Jonathan Martin: Ted Wells Report to NFL

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Miami Dolphins lineman Jonathan Martin was indeed subjected to racial slurs and vicious sexual taunts about his mother and sister by Richie Incognito and two other teammates, according to the long-awaited report released by prominent attorney Ted Wells' on Friday.

Incognito was the ringleader of three players who orchestrated "a pattern of harassment" not only on Martin, but also another unidentified young offensive lineman and a member of the team's athletic training staff. Be warned: Wells' 150-page report (attached in full below) is replete with vulgar language.

The harassment by Incognito and fellow offensive linemen John Jerry and Mike Pouncey contributed to Martin's departure from the team in October, according to Ted Wells' 150-page report (attached in full below).

“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,” Ted Wells states in his summary.

Wells says his inquiry found Martin was taunted and ridiculed almost daily. After Martin left the team in October, Incognito boasted about "breaking Jmart" in a notebook the linemen used to tally fines and bonuses among themselves. When the investigation began, Incognito asked another player to destroy the book, but investigators obtained it.

"As all must surely recognize, the NFL is not an ordinary workplace," the report states. "Professional football is a rough, contact sport played by men of exceptional size, speed, strength and athleticism. But even the largest, strongest and fleetest person may be driven to despair by bullying, taunting and constant insults."
Miami Dolphins lineman Jonathan Martin was indeed subjected to racial slurs and vicious sexual taunts about his mother and sister by Richie Incognito and two other teammates, according to the long-awaited report released by prominent attorney Ted Wells' on Friday.

Incognito was the ringleader of three players who orchestrated "a pattern of harassment" not only on Martin, but also another unidentified young offensive lineman and a member of the team's athletic training staff. Be warned: Wells' 150-page report (attached in full below) is replete with vulgar language.

The harassment by Incognito and fellow offensive linemen John Jerry and Mike Pouncey contributed to Martin's departure from the team in October, according to Ted Wells' 150-page report (attached in full below).

“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,” Ted Wells states in his summary.

Wells says his inquiry found Martin was taunted and ridiculed almost daily. After Martin left the team in October, Incognito boasted about "breaking Jmart" in a notebook the linemen used to tally fines and bonuses among themselves. When the investigation began, Incognito asked another player to destroy the book, but investigators obtained it.

"As all must surely recognize, the NFL is not an ordinary workplace," the report states. "Professional football is a rough, contact sport played by men of exceptional size, speed, strength and athleticism. But even the largest, strongest and fleetest person may be driven to despair by bullying, taunting and constant insults."

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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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