*NFL investigator Ted Wells’ report on the Miami Dolphins’ bullying scandal concluded that 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 was retained by commissioner Roger Goodell on Nov. 6 to examine the club’s workplace environment. His findings were released Friday, reports ESPN.
“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 press release.
Martin left the team in October amid claims of bullying and harassment. Incognito was eventually suspended for the final eight games of the season — six games with pay — while the NFL investigated the situation.
“We have just received the report from Ted Wells and will review it in detail before responding relative to the findings,” Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said. “When we asked the NFL to conduct this independent review, we felt it was important to take a step back and thoroughly research these serious allegations. As an organization, we are committed to a culture of team-first accountability and respect for one another.”
Ross recently said he doesn’t expect either player to return to Miami next season. Incognito is an unrestricted free agent and Martin has two years left on his contract. Martin is expected to be traded or released.
George Atallah, assistant executive director of NFLPA external affairs, also issued a statement.
“We received the report on workplace conditions in Miami today. We will review the findings closely, confer with our players and all relevant parties involved,” Atallah said.
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