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NFL pledges transparency with investigation findings

Ted Wells, a senior partner in the New York law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and one of the nation’s most prominent attorneys, has been appointed by Commissioner Roger Goodell to direct an independent investigation into issues of workplace conduct at the Miami Dolphins and prepare a report for the commissioner.

The report will be made public, according to the NFL.

 “Ted Wells will independently direct the investigation and submit a report to me,” commissioner Goodell said. “Mr. Wells will conduct a thorough and objective investigation. He will ensure that we have all the facts so that we can address this matter constructively. We have worked previously with Paul Weiss and have great respect for the firm.

"Ted Wells will have full authority to investigate as he deems appropriate. He is on the job as of today and will undertake to complete his work as promptly as possible. Consistent with doing a thorough investigation, we have not imposed a specific timetable on him."

The National Law Journal named Ted Wells one of “The Decade’s Most Influential Lawyers” in 2010. His recent experience in conducting special investigations includes both the Syracuse University basketball team sexual harassment case and the NBA players union leadership dispute. In the latter, he was hired by the NBA players union and generated the report that led to a change in the head of the union.

"I am pleased to accept this appointment by Commissioner Goodell,” Wells said. “My task is to assemble the facts and present my findings to the commissioner. I will do so fairly and comprehensively so that Commissioner Goodell can address this matter properly. I will begin my work immediately and report my findings to the commissioner as soon as practical.”

The Dolphins have pledged the club’s full support for the investigation.

“Under league policy, all employees have the right to a workplace free of any form of harassment,” Commissioner Goodell said. “We are fully committed to an appropriate working environment for all NFL personnel."

Wells received his undergraduate degree from Holy Cross, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a degree from Harvard Law School. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

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Primero!

111Primero!!!

You guys got me going on my way to Taco Bell

Why is a winless team like Tampa Bay favored against the Fins this Sunday? Are things that bad within the team?

This will not end well

Poor 6'5" 310lb NFL player. What happens when bullies cut in line in front of him at the grocery store or a concert? Does he throw his toys down and leave? Does he call his lawyer mom?

At some point in your life, you need to start standing up for yourself.

That's what I want complete transparency. Fed up with the canned answers. If Cogs is going to get fired everyone deserves the truth.

What did Martin say to Philbin initially? And if it had nothing to do with Cogs as reported WHY the dishonesty from Martin??

Of course, this is the end of the Miami Dolphins Franchise as we know it. We couldn't save it.

Ryan Tannnehill: "if you ask Jonathan Martin about Richie two weeks ago he would've said he's his best friend."

This is going to turn ugly for J. Martin, Tannehill states that Jmarts best friend on and off the field was Incognito. Incognito would be the first to stand up for Martin and they always were joking and playing..

To those of us who seek the truth!!

THIS DELAY AND PLAYING AROUND BY MARTIN. Is only going to hurt him in the long run.

The Press is jumping the Gun. And if you know how press works. After they have worn themselves out writing about one side, they jump on the other bandwagon and start writing about that.

Wait 1 or 2 more weeks and everyone in the press will be writing what all the fans and players are saying now. That Martin is more than partly to blame on how this thing went down.

Not saying that Martin isn't the victim. Just that Suing your team isn't the right way to go about the situation. THIS WAS NEVER ABOUT FOOTBALL. IT WAS ALWAYS ABOUT THE MONEY.

Shame on Martin for allowing this to be played out like this and damaging a mans career and reputation..aka Cogs little brother as said by T-Hill betrayed Cogs in the worst ultimate way. This is sickening and disgusting.

Cogs was wrong in a lot of what he did BUT two wrongs never make things right. The level of deceit and betrayal is mind boggling.

"If you asked Jonathan Martin who his best friend in on this team two weeks ago, he'd say Richie Incognito," Tannehill said during a Wednesday media session. "First guy to stand up for Jonathan when anything went down on the field, any kind of tussle, Richie was the first guy there. When they wanted to hang out outside of football, who was together, Richie and Jonathan. I'm not in those guy shoes. I can't explain what's going on."

Incognito was suspended indefinitely Sunday for his behavior toward Martin, the offensive tackle who suffered an emotional breakdown at the team complex last week. NFL Media's Albert Breer obtained a transcript of a voice mail that Incognito left Martin, directing threats and a racial slur toward Martin. The NFL and the Dolphins have heard the voice mail.

Tannehill said he never heard the voice mail and defended his offensive guard's character.

"All I know about Richie is that he's a great teammate to me," Tannehill said. "I saw him be a great teammate all the time. Does he like to give guys a hard time. Yes. Does he like to pester guys and have fun? Yes. He brought a lot of laughter to this locker room. He brought a lot of cohesiveness to this locker room. He was the best teammate I could ask for.'

Tannehill has spoken!!

And Boy did he ever!!

The Truth is slowly but surely going to come out.

Martin isn't the innocent victim after all.

Sounds more and more like Martin tried to mastermind his way out of playing football, but still collect his money.

If I'm the Fins after I win the lawsuit or whatever. I will sue Martin for his signing bonus.

I just saw T-Hills press conference and it was very clear he is in no way a leader for this team. He either needs to step up or the Dolphins move from him. He needs to be a man and stop smirking and lead by example and his words. Very disappointed.

why Sling bc he didnt bash Incognito? He said it like it is..

Mike,
prob bc the Fins play on monday so ofcourse tampa will be favored on sunday

Cogs gave Martin a hard time like he did to everyone else and used a racial slur....So he deserves to lose his job? If that's the case why didn't Cooper from the Eagles get fired? Not buying a word of what Martin is selling.

Is there a double standard here? Is this the new normal everyone that uses racial slurs is to be fired in the NFL?

No I'm on Incognitos side. I hate Martin and hope he never comes back. I don't like T-Hills attitude. I don't think a true leader would be smirking and have no clue about anything that happened.

it seems the entire lockerroom had no idea what was happening.. including Incognito

Please stop the bleeding. Let´s talk about football. Martin has to grow up and looks for medical help. Both , Incognito and Martin should stay with the team.

Quote of the week Matty

Another dumbshyt article...good job...meanwhile the QB has a few things to say and you drop a couple tidbit quotes on twitter from it...take it like when it comes back around...or is that bullying???

heheheh...

I think T Hill is smirking because he is very irritated by this and he should be!

WE ALL CHEER FOR DRUNK DRIVERS.

FOR RAPISTS.

FOR WIFE BEATERS.

FOR THIEVES.

FOR SCUMBAGS.

AND NOW WE CARE ABOUT LOCKER ROOM BULLYING?

HYPOCRITES. EVERY SINGLE PERSON TURNING THIS INTO A BIG DEAL IS A HYPOCRITE.

YOU DONT LIKE IT? CUT THEM ALL. CUT ALL THE CRIMINALS AND DIRTBAGS.

I am not at all convinced Martin needs medical help. For the right money you can get any quack to say anything. Based off his recent behavior I think he just flat out quit and blamed everyone else and now his lawyer parents are trying to help him cash in.

What you idiots don't realize is that the organization has not forgotten what happened with the Saints. Everything you are seeing from them is CYA with the league. Come out, come open, ask for help...everything the Saints didn't do. They are doing this the right way.

You all try to parse words by the FO forgetting they are nothing beyond putting on a politically correct show for the league for the sake of damage control.

TANNE HAS NO CLUE WHAT IS GOING ON IN THE LOCKER ROOM

No leadership at all.

Nobody masterminds depression, Dashi, much less suicidal ideation which usually occurs in these cases. There HAD to be signs that this guy was nearing his breaking point only, apparently, nobody noticed them, or if they did, put much importance in them. Of course, it did not help if Martin had not confided his deep emotional grief to anybody in the Organization. Nobody wants to die, Dashi, and he did well to check into the Hospital if only for a night.

Posted by: THE REAL DON SOLDY | November 06, 2013 at 06:14 PM

Agreed...

His high school coach portrayed Martin as a guy who was shield from the ghetto bangers his whole life and probably just not used to the game. That might be the simplest explanation.

Sad but True | November 06, 2013 at 06:16 PM


That might be the very best post on this topic so far.

Tannehill did well. If the problems were that bad, and everyone was in on it, they wouldn't have put the face of the franchise out in front of the world.He manned up

Whatever the Truth was/is, what sunk RI were those e-mails and voice-mail to Martin which, maybe, were all in Fun, but, when they came out, the Dolphin's Organization did not think they were so.

Goodell promises transparency......ha ha just like the Obama administration is the most transparent ever.... What a freaking joke. Recent comments from Tannyhill, pouncey, and numerous others show that this whole scenario is as shitty as obama care. What a total joke the nfl has become. The limp waisted media loves it though. Sickening.

"I am pleased to accept this appointment by Commissioner Goodell,” Wells said.

TRANSLATION

"I am pleased to accept this check from the owners to provide Commissioner Goodell with the desired outcome," Wells said.

This still falls on leadership for the Dolphins. Martin being soft or Incognito being a Neanderthal mean nothing. What the hell was Philbust and his staff doing? That's the real question isn't it?

Don't be fools. No way did Tannehill get the same treatment as all the other rookies.

No way Ross and Ireland allow that to happen. When did Tannehill ever foot the bill for a Las Vegas vacation for his WR's?

This team is becoming too much of a laughing stock and a drama to care about anymore.

I thought the team was to be 'quiet' while the NFL investigation goes forward. Then, the QB goes out and starts talking.

Regardless of what any of us believe, this is a team that has not won a Superbowl in four decades or a divisional playoff game in nearly two decades.

They are a average team after a six year rebuilding project.

Let's be clear. Bullying a child may get you the desired results. Bullying a grown man won't. It will get the opposite results most likely.

This line barely wants to block to T-Hill. Incognito barely blocks for T-Hill.

Martin a flat out Brutus , not saying Cogs in totally innocent but Martin didn't even let his team know he wasn't happy before quitting and suing them for his contract. Pathetic wimp Martin is

It comes down to this. --> What did Philbin know and when did he know it?

If reports are true, Martin went to Philbin months ago about this thug Incognito. Philbin did nothing. If his Code Red wasn't working, why did he keep ordering Incognito to do it?

Uh oh! More bad news for Ross, Ireland and Philbin. Al Sharpton has picked up on the story.

most of the posters here (besides me of course) are an embarrassment

Martin should have gave him an exploding dye pack instead of 15 large.
What a wuss...

Said it a week ago- Martin is an intellectual, surrounded by meatheads. He does not fit in. But the fact that he saved all the messages shows there is an agenda, possibly orchestrated by his parents. RI is what he is, and probably thought he was just busting his buddy's balls in good fun.

WE ALL CHEER FOR DRUNK DRIVERS.

FOR RAPISTS.

FOR WIFE BEATERS.

FOR THIEVES.

FOR SCUMBAGS.

AND NOW WE CARE ABOUT LOCKER ROOM BULLYING?
=======================================================

Sort of like how we ignore it from our own workmates and family?

It's funny how people act holyer than thou.
Now there's not one person in the NFL who did anything wrong. Ever.
Martin is Monica LEWINSKY.
I'm sorry Incognito couldn't bully me now at 6'1 220 pounds of mush.
Martin is 6'4 330 pounds of soft.
I rather have a gay guy with heart on my team than a straight guy who's soft.

I loved what Tannehill had to say & Hartline.

However, Philbin is coming off rattled, testy & agitated at all this attention. He looks like he's walking the plank. He knows it's unraveling.

Not sure how this team survives this adversity but, this can go 1 of 2 ways. They can ether come together & unify as a team or they can collapse & succumb to the pressures & adversity.

I am not sure there is enough leadership in the locker room to keep their heads above water. Eventually I think it catches up to them & I wouldn't blame them for having to put up with the same things week after week.

All the repeat questions & non stop barrage of attention has to get under their skin eventually. I just hope players don't start feeding reports mics to them for lunch.

ONCE AGAIN PHINS LOOK POOR IN EYES OF NATION

Armando Salguero @ArmandoSalguero

Ryan Tannnehill: "if you ask Jonathan Martin about Richie two weeks ago he would've said he's his best friend."

2 WKS ago, Jonathan Martin was still starting LT. Please somebody says they can see the TIMELINE of this entire debacle.

HOW COVENIENT ALL OF THIS COMES ABOUT WHEN MARTIN'S SWITCHED BACK TO RT.

SEEMS MARTIN HAD A RETALIATORY PLAN IN PLACE JUST IN CASE THINGS DI NOT GO HIS WAY. JUST LOOK AT THE TIMELINE IN WHICH THIS TOOK PLACE.

'MARTIN IS USED TO PEOPLE FROM PLACES LIKE STANFORD, DUKE, RICE; HE IS NOT USED TO THOSE AT LSU, NEBRASKA AND MIAMI'.

In other words Martin relates with other players that can read.

If this was the other way around, Martin bullying Incognito, then Martin would NOT be getting any sympathy from the posters on here.

Oscar,

Contemplating Suicide is a weak emotion. That is taking the easy way out.

As a person who has known people that committed suicide and have attempted to commit suicide. I have no place or emotion for weak people like that.

People that commit suicide aren't hurting themselves. They are hurting their family. You don't feel pain when you die. But everyone who loves you hurts.

And I have been in the military. Some people use the threat of suicide to their advantage. Usually the Punks who are soft and have a weak will.

While you claim to be a Psychotherapist. Dashi understands the brain and how it works. I picked up psychology a long time ago as a Hobby. I'm just not going to bore myself with other people's personal problems as a job.

To me most Psychologist are Sociopath's. They love having some semblance of control over people.

Psychology is a Beautiful field. Learning about Body Language, knowing how the average person reacts to certain situations. It has more uses than just Therapy. It has a lot of use in the Business world, and the everyday grind. Even picking up chicks is all psychological.

Every good leader is usually pretty good at psychology. Leading is all mental. You need to know how different people react. You need to learn how to read people. You need to know who can take abuse and who needs to be cuddled.

Just cause you grew up with a silver spoon in your mouth and went to a good school it doesn't make you smarter than anyone else. It just makes you more privileged.

If Martin is still STARTING LEFT TACKLE this story never happens. Think about it.

I am so proud of my team right now. They are standing up and uniting to fight unjust accusations and if we were lacking leaders yesterday, we won't be lacking leaders tomorrow. This team is angry and in some weird way, I think this is making them stronger and angrier. Dashi your posts tonight have been right on, good job.


Let me say it again. I am proud of MY team and if you disagree with me, I have 2 fingers held high for you. I let you figure out, which 2

I'm tired of this team being in limbo all the time - they never have time to focus on football and winning games. Now this attorney is going to be sniffing around and all the players have to worry about this instead of focusing on the game. Fire the GM/Coach/Front Office or don't fire the GM/Coach/Front Office but do something to get this behind us fast! This is just an incident that is getting blown WAY out of proportion.

Like I say often to the members of the family of my patients who tell the patient, you're weak, put your willpower to work and you'll be cured. Unfortunately, Emotional Illness has nothing to do with will power, exactly like diabetes and hypertension don't. If will power would solve emotional illness, Dashi, I would have no patients. NOBODY WANTS TO BE ILL. btw, aren't you a little out of your territory here?

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