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The Ted Wells NFL report is out here

Here it is. The long awaited NFL report by investigator Ted Wells on the Richie Incognitor and Jonathan Martin scandal.

The full report is right here.

This is the media release on the topic:

chair of the Litigation Department at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind,  has released his independent Report to the National Football League concerning allegations of workplace misconduct at the Miami Dolphins. The Report is publicly available at
www.NFLDolphinsreport.com.

Mr. Wells was retained by Commissioner Roger Goodell on November 6, 2013. The Report is the result of an independent investigation led by Mr. Wells into allegations that the abrupt departure of Dolphins starting offensive lineman Jonathan Martin on October 28, 2013, midway through the season, was the result of persistent bullying and harassment by some of his teammates. 

Paul, Weiss has conducted a comprehensive investigation, aided by full cooperation from the NFL, the National Football League Players Association and the Miami Dolphins. Paul, Weiss reviewed thousands of voluntarily produced documents, including text messages, emails and team policies, and completed more than 100 s owner and chairman. 

The Report concludes that three starters on the Dolphins offensive line, 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. 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  

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 corroborate his account that the persistent harassment by his teammates caused him significant emotional distress. The Report concludes that the s teammates was a contributing factor in his decision to leave the team, but also finds that said Mr. Wells. 
 

“Consistent with my prior practices involving similar investigative reports, it is not my present intention to hold a press conference or comment further about the Report. The Report is thorough and comprehensive, and speaks for itself,” said Mr. Wells.

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The report finds, however, that Martin’s teammates did not intend to drive Martin from the team or cause him lasting emotional injury.


this part is important for future law suit.

LOTS OF RACISM!!

WOW BIG FINES COMING!!!

Incognito is done.

what of Pouncy now?

PC report.

Pouncey and Incognito were doing drugs.

RACISM AND BULLYING ON THE DOLPHINS

I guess we need to get rid of Pouncey huh?? This sounds like my high school locker room 30 years ago for Christ Sake. Martin is a pussyboy. That should have been the report .

Hopefully this ends a sad point in time in dolphins history. Please mr Ross, move on from incognito and Martin.

Martin has bigger problems to solve than playing football. Hope he gets the help he needs

This sucks!

Cogs is gone as he should be. Martin should be released. Pouncey should be released as well. The entire OL needs to be rebuild. They played horribly last year anyway.

Thank goodness Ross hired the best GM in all of football. Oh wait...

Nothing serious, the media can finally move on. By Monday this will be a non story.

OL coach Turner is done. Why do you think the Fins brought in the coach from Houston? They knew that Turner was aware of this and did nothing. Martin is still a back stabbing money grabber. This could have been handled in house without all of this media circus. Just when we as fans thought that this team could not sink any lower,and Ross still thinks Philbin is our guy,lol!

bobby, is this SERIOUS? Or is this like a SNL copy? Or Punk'd or something? It really sounds like a joke. Reading the report now, here's a funny portion:

"On May 5, after feeling humiliated by Incognito and Pouncey during a yacht trip, Martin sent his mother these messages:
I’m never gonna change. I got punked again today. Like a little b#tch. And I never do anything about it.
I was sobbing in a rented yacht bathroom earlier"

This guy is calling HIMSELF a little b#tch! TO HIM MOM! Wow, I didn't know the depths of weakness that Jonathan Martin was. I'm an educated bi-racial guy myself, and this guy is giving us a bad name. I was called all kind of names in high-school and college. But I gave just as much as I got. F THAT! No one can put me down. This guy has no heart.

I guess we need to indict all soldiers too. Because if you think this sister-taunting is bad, go listen to how they talk in the services about other guys' family members. Been done FOREVER! JMart looks the worst coming out of this. Incognito may be a jerk, but I'd rather be a jerk than a "little b#tch" ANYDAY!

Cut Martin immediately and move on. Looks like Pouncey and Jerry will be fined or suspended by the league as well. Some people are not built physically or mentally to play professional football. That is essentially the story here. To say this behaviour does not happen on other teams is delusional. No bad blood, just take our lumps and move on.

Posted by: Harleyray | February 14, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Agreed. Here's the nail in the coffin:

Dolphins’ Offensive Line Coach Jim Turner was aware of the running “joke” that Player A was gay, and on at least one occasion, he participated in the taunting. Around Christmas 2012, Coach Turner gave the offensive linemen gift bags that included a variety of stocking stuffers. The gifts included inflatable female dolls for all of the offensive linemen except Player A, who received a male “blow-up” doll. Martin and another player reported that they were surprised Coach Turner did this; Martin further said that he was offended that Turner had endorsed the humiliating treatment of Player A by participating in it. Incognito and others agreed that this incident with Coach Turner occurred. When interviewed, Turner was asked if he gave Player A a male blow-up doll. He replied, “I can’t remember.” We do not believe that Turner forgot this incident, which many others recalled.

Incognito and Pouncey should be banned and Jerry suspended.

I read the whole report, you guys want to know why the OL sucked??? There was no commadary between these grown a** kids, how immature can 3 grown men be in Incognito, Jerry and Pouncey???

Martin is soft no doubt but to pick on assisant trainer and Martin is ridicolous! Is say replace eveyone on the OL! Everyone!

Pussy boy

The dolphins will lose a 1st rd pick also.

Report brings up Sam and says the team showed derogatory language towards gays. Maybe, but I FULLY BELIEVE if Sam was on this team, and someone said that to him, he'd kick their *SS! He may be gay, but he seems like a real football player. Not a thin-skinned "little b#tch!"

Yep, PC report all the way. Based on my theory ... I assume that Miami refused to guarantee to Goodell that Miami would draft Sam in the middle rounds if he were still available :D

Ross may still mandate that Hickey draft Sam if available for public relations and PC purposes. I mean, would you put it past this owner?
Personally, I wouldn't help Goodell and the NFL save face after this report. I guess the text messages on Incognitos phone didn't count. Speaking of lawsuits, I wonder if this "report" opens up a lawsuit for Incognito against the NFL and Wells. Again, it seems like they pretty much ignored the texts that Martin sent to Incognito.

Aside from Martin, seems like this report could also potentially make one junior trainer pretty wealthy.

Call Martin any derogatory name you want but based on this report-his teammates crossed the line.

The best news out of this report- Jim Turner should get shite canned effective immediately.

Martin is not mentally capable of playing NFL football- its sad bc he has physical tools. Obviously his fellow OL didn't want to drive him from the team but when you keep a little diary (yes bully idiot Incognito that means you) where you detail how you get fined for "breaking Martin",and how you ask Pouncey and Jerry to destroy it for you bc you know you will get in trouble- you know you are stepping over the line.

Incognito's career is all but over. and lets not fool anyone here- his play was shitey anyway this past season.

No one comes out of this looking worse than Philbin. How can this oblivious clown not know what's going on in his own locker room when it's something of this magnitude?

He should spend less time sniffing around Aponte and more time paying attention to what the hell is going on around him.

Worst organization in all of sports.

The Ross ownership is just one disaster after another.

..."that the other offensive lineman was subjected to homophobic name-calling and improper physical touching" ...

Sounds like there was a lot of pee pee touching going on. I wonder if the OL who got pee pee touched had to show the investigators what happened using one of those dolls they use with kids. One thing seems certain, the Dolphins seem like the perfect landing place for Sam.

Philbin should be fired. How in the world does he NOT KNOW this is going on with his team?? Are u F'N KIDDING ME?

Philbin, Turner, and everyone on the OL needs to be fired. Including Poucey!

Posted by: Dolfan29 | February 14, 2014 at 10:58 AM


well said

If he didnt know ....then Philbin should be fired. And if he did know he should be fired. Either way, he should be fired.

No one comes out of this looking worse than Philbin. How can this oblivious clown not know what's going on in his own locker room when it's something of this magnitude?

He should spend less time sniffing around Aponte and more time paying attention to what the hell is going on around him.

Worst organization in all of sports.

Posted by: XpensiveWino | February 14, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Turner knew and should be fired...

seems it was kept from Philbin...

No one comes out of this looking worse than Philbin. How can this oblivious clown not know what's going on in his own locker room when it's something of this magnitude?

He should spend less time sniffing around Aponte and more time paying attention to what the hell is going on around him.

Worst organization in all of sports.

Posted by: XpensiveWino | February 14, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Philbin looks like a moron LMAO!!


If he didnt know ....then Philbin should be fired. And if he did know he should be fired. Either way, he should be fired.

Posted by: Monte | February 14, 2014 at 11:24 AM


obviously he Philbin didn't know or he would have done something. this is all distastful pranks. Goofing around gone over the line. How could he know if no one wnet to him to stop it.

Actually, I agree that all the coaches are stained by this. Mostly Turner, but how did Sherman AND Philbin not know ANYTHING? It's preposterous. And if it's true, it's really a damning statement. They don't have any idea what's going on right under their noses. Very problematic.

Gotta get rid of Pouncey and Jerry.

PHILBIN is clueless as is the whole front office....sad times for the Fins....

Turner will be fired. I just hope we don't lose a draft pick. Philbin needs to know what's going on with his team. Do you think BB or Don Shula would know if this was going on? Philbin is getting a pass for some reason, but the fact is he is responsible for the conduct of his team in the locker room. Ross should have waited for the Report before endorsing Mr. Potato Head Coach

It's so saddening to see the reaction of many of the fans on this board, blaming Marting for being a pussy, not tough enough to stand the mental and physical rigors of the game and too sheepish to stand up for himself. Do you blame rape victims for getting raped too? Do you blame the soldiers themselves for being injured or killed while in battle? This was Martin's job. Would anyone want to go to work and be subjected to what these complete and total idiots subjected Martin to? Of course not. And for those of you that say the locker room sounds like your old high school locker room, way to go out on a limb there and fight for what's right. Did you support lynchings when they were the norm too? Regardless of if Martin handled this correctly or what his character is like, what was done to him and apparently others was simply wrong. Anyone who denies that should take a long look in the mirror and look at why they think that behavior is OK. Would you be OK if it happened to you? Your son? Your wife or daughter? I'm sure you tell yourself that you would stand up to it all. Sure you would. Standing up to a group of 300+ pound men is easy. But why should you even have to? Armando, you should be ashamed for some of the things you've written in the column as of late. While you obviously didn't know all the facts, that should have been more reason for you show restraint, but guess that doesn't sell newspapers or get enough views. Way to take the low road there. I can only hope that you'll offer an apology to Martin and his family as even you got personal here. As for the Dolphins that we all love, I can only hope that they do the right thing... Fire Turner immediately, trade Pouncey as quickly as possible, release a statement about how they do not condone the actions of any of these players, wish Incognito the best on his new team (league minimum no doubt) as they will not be re-signing him and apologize to Martin and his family for failing to live up to the high standard that they themselves should be setting.

Let's face it the only player of value is Pouncey. the rest of them including every coach but Lazor can/should go. Martin, Jerry, Cogs, Turner, Philbin, all should take a hike. My only concern now is that Ross will want to make this right and insist on keeping Martin. Then when he gets beat for four sacks in a game and the new coach wants to cut him, he will file a law suit. George Halas and Vince Lombardi must be rolling right now. What a disgrace to the game.

Jerry should be fined or banned for that 4tha nd short play against the jets where he completely missed everyone and did a face plant into the turf.

Now that offended me as a fan...

How could he know if no one wnet to him to stop it.

Posted by: wallyfin | February 14, 2014 at 11:29 AM

By using his eyes and his ears. He is supposed to know whats going on!! DUUUUHHHH!!

Well, we may know why Incognito put it out there Martin talked about suicide.

In the report, it says it was contemplated due to harassment from teammates...

This is what Incognito said yesterday-

"FACT: Jonathan Martin told me he thought about taking his own life in MAY 2013 b/c he wasn't playing well. Told me he felt worthless."

Think Incognito had advance notice of what the report stated?

Hard to believe what's happened to professional football. Can't hit the QB. A 'strike zone' to tackle D. 5 yards to hit WRs. And now the dream police are dictating locker room behavior. Now, they're talking about no kickoffs. What's next, no contact?

You don't have to look any further than Roger Goodell

Pouncey is the most unlikable Dolphins player I can remember as a fan of 30 years of this team.

"We also understand that context matters. We accept that the
communications of young, brash, highly competitive football players often are vulgar and
aggressive, and that these players never expected their private communications with each
other to be made public. We did not approach this assignment expecting to discover
behavior that society might anticipate in, say, an accounting firm or a law office. For
better or worse, profanity is an accepted fact of life in competitive sports, and
professional athletes commonly indulge in conduct inappropriate in other social settings.
We also recognize that good-spirited goading often contributes to team bonding"

So what's all the Hubbub? So they are taking the word of a mentally unstable person, that had no business in the NFL. This puss was getting teased in high school and in college. What a Pansy. I hope they start investigating other 31 teams. Welcome to the PFL folks this country and their PC is a laughing stock.

Hahaha, he texted his mom ... what a jabrone...


By using his eyes and his ears. He is supposed to know whats going on!! DUUUUHHHH!!

Posted by: Monte | February 14, 2014 at 11:37 AM

How many times did this happen, where did it happen, do you know that? can Philbin have been intercepting text messages too. The locker room belongs to the players. If they don't speak up then what? How many times did you get away with things in school no teacher or parent knew about.

Philbin should be fired for being as clueless as Ross, Ireland, and Sparano.......maybe MORE CLUELESS.

No one's defending Cogs now lol

Posted by: Jake | February 14, 2014 at 11:33 AM

You MUST be a millennial. Let me explain something to you playa, there used to be a time when "men were men!" We spoke differently, especially to each other. The way we bonded might be disgusting if seen from the outside, but it was normal within the cocoon of our relationship. Forget teammates or any connection to sports, this sounds like how I spoke with the guys I grew with in my neighborhood, junior hs, hs, college, etc. I remember having to fight my best friend everyday after school when I was in first grade. We were FORCED by the guy's OWN BROTHER!

On an theoretic level, is it wrong, yeah, probably. But to us it was just growing up. Normal behavior. And don't get me started on snitching. You lost a fight, got beat up, you sucked it up. Not run and tell your mommy.

Yeah, it's brutish behavior, it's not PC, weakness was attacked, we spoke in raw, sexually derogatory, coarse language.

BUT WE ALSO LOVED EACH OTHER! Same guy that called you a "f*g" would have your back if you were getting taunted by a kid from another neighborhood. We slept over each others houses, we looked out for each other.

AND I'M TOTALLY NORMAL NOW! I don't hate anyone (of any race, creed, nationality or sexual preference). No, if I don't know you I'm not going to call you names and taunt you, but within the circles of my close friends, sure, we try to get under each other's skin. Not like when we were kids (we've matured) but I'm 40. These guys are in their 20's.

I think you're being over dramatic. Or like I said, you were raised in a different time. Maybe it's better, maybe not, but it is what it is. But one thing I know is THAT is NFL FOOTBALL culture, no matter WHAT any other player or coach says. Martin is the odd one here, not the other guys. And as far as calling him weak, he called HIMSELF weak. I'm a pretty sensitive guy too, and have felt similar things in response to taunting as he did. But I FOUGHT BACK! Not called myself a "b#tch". Have some self-respect. I can appreciate you have mental issues, but then blame that, not the bullies. There's always bullies, but bullies shut up when stood up to. Yeah I blame people for not standing up for themselves. And don't equate this with rape. Rape is a PHYSICAL ASSUALT. Usually a weaker person (man or woman) being physically dominated by a stronger person. That's a crime. Bullying is wrong, but not in the same way. I'm always for the underdog, but whenever I hear how someone was "defenseless" against bullying it makes me crazy. You're NEVER defenseless. FIGHT BACK! It's your right as a human being.

The Head Coach dictates the behaviour of the team in the locker room and on the field. This should trickle down to the asst. coaches and then to the players. Philbin is reponsible for his team...period. It is his job to have his pulse on the team and he dropped the ball. For this to go on for as long as it does shows that he has no control over the team. Would this ever happen in the Pats locker room? Absolutely not. You can't control what players do outside the building, but you are supposed to have full control of what goes on inside it.

Suspend the entire team for one game. Or just fold the franchise.

Seems that pouncey and jerry and the linemen coaches will also bite the dust. Gonna be really tough to fix the oline now!
Now lets get started!


The Head Coach dictates the behaviour of the team in the locker room and on the field. This should trickle down to the asst. coaches and then to the players. Philbin is reponsible for his team...period. It is his job to have his pulse on the team and he dropped the ball. For this to go on for as long as it does shows that he has no control over the team. Would this ever happen in the Pats locker room? Absolutely not. You can't control what players do outside the building, but you are supposed to have full control of what goes on inside it.

Posted by: Wells PC Report | February 14, 2014 at 11:52 AM

BPOTD!

Gotta fire Philbin. Clean the whole house.

Dashi,

I never defended cogs btw. Not once.

Yea- the truth really "set incognito free"! Lol. Free from an nfl job bully boy!

I think "Player A" is Samuda.

This only makes brenner even more of a boss. Brenner was working in this environment getting the rookie treatment by pouncey cogs and jerry. Definitely Brenner is my candidate for LG this season. Him and Albert would make a good left side to the line!

Patriots are hysterically laughing reading this report. They made a guy contemplate suicide after losing to the big, bad Patriots. WHAT LOSERS (the WHOLE TEAM). No wonder we can't win more than 8 games. SOFTIES, all of 'em.

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