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Wells Report: Incongito and Fellow Offensive Linemen Bullied Martin, others

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Jonathan Martin and two others were subjected to bullying in the Miami Dolphins’ locker room.

Wells Report: Incongito and Fellow Offensive Linemen Bullied Martin, others

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Editor's Note: Things have gone from bad to worse for Incognito. The Wells Report pretty much has Incognito screwed. - Ross

It turns out Richie Incognito was not the only person bullying fellow offensive lineman Jonathan Martin in the Miami Dolphins locker room.

According to a 144-page report (which you can see by clicking the link) conducted and released today by NFL investigator Ted Wells, offensive linemen John Jerry and Mike Pouncey also participated in the bullying.

Martin was subjected to frequent verbal abuse, including sexual jokes made about his mother and sister and racial slurs. 

"In addition, Jerry and Pouncey sometimes taunted Martin by accusing him of not being 'black enough,'” the report says due to his "upper-middle-class upbringing, reserved nature, and intellectual interests."  

Also, they found two others who were bullied. Another offensive lineman, who the report referred to as "Player A", and a member of the training staff ("Assistant Trainer') were subjected to verbal harassment. 

According to the report, "Player A frequently was subjected to homophobic name-calling and improper physical touching," while the Assistant Trainer, who was born in Japan, received several racial insults.

A member of the Dolphins' coaching staff, offensive line coach Jim Turner also participated in the bullying. Turner knew about "the running 'joke' that Player A was gay." Around Christmas in 2012, several offensive linemen received female blow up dolls from Turner while Player A was given a male blow up doll.

Moreover, Incognito had a notebook, where he kept track of fines that the offensive linemen placed on each other. In this notebook, he also wrote about "breaking Jmart," where he bragged about insulting Martin enough to get an emotional reaction. Incognito attempted to destroy the notebook by sending text messages to Pouncey and other offensive linemen to get rid of it, but was unsuccessful. 

The report admitted it was difficult to assess Martin's claims due to "his mental health issues, his possible heightened sensitivity to insults and his unusual, 'bipolar' friendship with Incognito." Martin was also bullied in high school.

"Nonetheless, we ultimately concluded that Martin was indeed harassed by Incognito, who can fairly be described as the main instigator, and by Jerry and Pouncey, who tended to follow Incognito’s lead." 

Both players are not expected to be back with the Dolphins. Incognito is an unrestricted free agent while Martin has two years left on his rookie contract, but is expected to be traded or released. 

The report comes two days after Incognito tweeted "Dear Jon Martin..... the truth is going to bury you and your entire 'camp.' You could have told the truth the entire time." 

I wonder what kind of "truth" Incognito has in store for us because clearly he seems like a person who does not know when to stop or is aware of his boundaries. While it's now common to have vulgar banter between friends, it is crossing the line when you constantly verbally abuse someone and bring their family into the jokes. It doesn't seem right at all. 

In addition, the Miami Dolphins' coaching staff seems majorly dysfunctional and majority of the responsibility has to go to head coach Joe Philbin for allowing this to go on in his locker room. 

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