Today the NFL has released its report detailing the environment and activities in the Miami Dolphins’ locker room which led to the departure from the team by offensive lineman Jonathan Martin mid-way through this past football season.
After Martin’s walk-out, news spread quickly of systematic offensive acts being committed towards Martin, led by Dolphins center Richie Incognito, who has been on record multiple times using racial slurs towards Martin.
As outlined in the report above by South Florida Sun-Sentinel Dolphins reporter Omar Kelly, the 144-page report released today concludes that three starters on the Dolphins offensive line — 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, who is co-chair of the Litigation Department at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP was called on by the NFL in November to lead the independent investigation of the Dolphins’ locker room.
In a press release sent by the NFL with the report Wells’ is quoted as saying: “The Report rejects any suggestion that Martin manufactured claims of abuse after the fact to cover up an impetuous decision to leave the team. Contemporaneous text messages that Martin sent to his parents and others months before he left the Dolphins—which have never before been made public—corroborate his account that the persistent harassment by his teammates caused him significant emotional distress. 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.”
Read the press release and the entire Martin/Incognito report at www.nfldolphinsreport.com.
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