Ted Wells’ Report Released
In walking away from the Miami Dolphins, Jonathan Martin – whether he meant to or not – lit the fuse on what would become one of the more explosive stories of the sporting calendar.
No sooner than the story did broke did the finger point toward lineman Richie Incognito, with racist and bully claims hurled across every possible platform. Though they eventually died down, we’ve all known that they’d kick up with even more intensity once the NFL appointed investigator, Ted Wells, released his report.
That report came out today. Read his findings per ESPN’s Adam Schefter:
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 if 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. The Report rejects any suggestion that Matin manufactured claims of abuse…The Report concluded 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.