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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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The Assistant Trainer was born in Japan and attended university there

through 2001, before emigrating to the United States. Martin said that Incognito, Jerry

and Pouncey directed racial slurs at the Assistant Trainer, calling him a “Jap,” a

“Chinaman” and a “chink”; referred to him as a “dirty communist” or a “North Korean”;

made demands such as “give me some water you fucking chink”; spoke to him in a

phony, mocking Asian accent, including asking for “rubby rubby sucky sucky”; and

called his mother a “rub and tug masseuse.” Martin also informed us that Incognito and

Jerry taunted the Assistant Trainer by saying that they had had sex with his girlfriend.

On December 7, 2012 (the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor),

Incognito, Jerry and Pouncey donned traditional Japanese headbands that featured a

rising sun emblem and jokingly threatened to harm the Assistant Trainer physically in

retaliation for the Pearl Harbor attack. Martin reported that the Assistant Trainer

confided to him that he was upset about the Pearl Harbor prank, finding it derogatory and

demeaning.

Jerry and Pouncey each admitted that they repeatedly used racial language

toward the Assistant Trainer—including calling him a “Jap” and a “Chinaman”—and

acknowledged their Pearl Harbor Day stunt. Incognito likewise did not dispute that he

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and others directed these kinds of words at the Assistant Trainer, but said that this

language was all in good humor and that the Assistant Trainer recognized that the words

were not meant seriously, even responding with his own jokes. Moreover, Incognito

stated that he did not discern a power or status differential between himself and the

Assistant Trainer because he viewed everyone as equal, regardless of his position in the

Dolphins organization. Incognito also claimed that he had a good friendship with the

Assistant Trainer that included socializing outside of work. He pointed out that the

headbands were gifts from the Assistant Trainer.

Martin told us that until he saw how the Assistant Trainer was treated he

had never in his life witnessed flagrant racial harassment. Martin felt that the Assistant

Trainer awkwardly laughed along with some of the racist comments, even though he was

in fact offended. Another player reported that for a one-month period when he was

receiving treatment in the training room, he heard Incognito making derogatory

comments, including racial remarks, to the Assistant Trainer every day. Like Martin, this

player also felt that the Assistant Trainer’s awkward laughter in response to Incognito’s

verbal abuse belied his unease. This player also was offended to have to witness the

abuse. By Martin’s account, a number of Dolphins employees saw what was happening

to the Assistant Trainer but did not intervene, including the head trainer, O’Neill, who

even laughed at some of the racial insults. To our knowledge, no players, including

Martin, ever intervened to support the Assistant Trainer or to tell Incognito, Jerry and

Pouncey to stop using this kind of language.

Martin, however, described this treatment to a friend shortly after he left

the team. In a series of text messages, he wrote:

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He treated our Asian trainer horribly

Him and others

Called him a chink

Wore kamikaze headbands on the anniversary of Pearl Harbor

Idk it’s really hard to explain

I just always felt so bad for . . .our trainer

Like. . .my teammates laughed

Other trainers laughed

It was really racist

Directly

“Give me some water you fucking chink”

We asked the Assistant Trainer about these matters. He said he was not

comfortable answering questions on this topic and implied that he could not be candid

with us because he was concerned about losing the trust of the players, which he felt

would compromise his ability to perform his job.

When pressed, the Assistant Trainer denied that he was bothered by his

treatment—a view that is undercut by a text message that he sent Martin the day he left

the team: “Hey JM I understand how [y]ou feel man… They are relentless sometime….

Some day I wanna do exactly what you did today … Just let me know you are doing

alright. I am worried about you….” (emphasis added and ellipses in original).

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