Incognito and two teammates harassed Martin: report
By Larry Fine
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The NFL's independent report on bullying in the Miami Dolphins' locker room has found that Richie Incognito and two teammates engaged in a pattern of harassment against the Dolphins' Jonathan Martin and two others.
The 144-page report (www.NFLDolphinsreport.com) by independent investigator Ted Wells was released on Friday and also named Miami players John Jerry and Mike Pouncey as offenders and said another young Dolphins offensive lineman and an assistant trainer were also targets.
Offensive tackle Martin voluntarily left the club in October and said afterwards that he had been subjected to harassment, which Wells said included racial slurs and sexual taunts about his mother and sister.
Fellow lineman Incognito was subsequently suspended by the team stemming from Martin's complaint.
"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," the report said.
The episode stirred debate across the United States about the "clubhouse culture" in the National Football League and put a spotlight on what is acceptable behavior in the workplace.
Wells recommended in his conclusion that the NFL adapt more clear-cut workplace rules, and found that inappropriate behavior in the Miami clubhouse went beyond the mistreatment of Martin.
An unnamed, Japanese-born assistant trainer was repeatedly the object of racial slurs and other racially derogatory language, the report said. Continued...