Ted Wells, the man assigned to investigate the Miami Dolphins locker room culture and the alleged harassment of Jonathan Martin by fellow teammate Richie Incognito, issued his findings today, which detailed a pattern of harassment not only by Incognito but also by other Dolphins’ players.
Marc Sessler of NFL.com reports that former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman, Andrew McDonald is "Player A" in Ted Wells' report issued on Friday.
McDonald, now with the Carolina Panthers, is the "other" OL in Wells' report that allegedly suffered harassment in the Dolphins' locker room.
The complete Wells’ Report can be found here and as Mike Florio of NBCSports reports, the pattern of harassment did not stop with Martin.
Wells concludes that three members of the starting Miami Dolphins offensive line, 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.”
Wells’ report further goes on to say that the assistant trainer “repeatedly was the object of racial slurs and other racially derogatory language,” while the other offensive lineman “was subject to homophobic name-calling and improper physical touching.”
In regards to Martin, Wells concludes 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.”
Wells also concludes that though Incognito and the other players did not intend to cause Martin emotional injury or to drive him from the team, their harassment of Martin “was a contributing factor in his decision to leave.”
Also troubling was a text message exchange between Incognito and Pouncey in regards to Martin “snitching” and how they held a “grudge” against him.
Wells’ findings, if true, severely damage Incognito’s chances of landing another job in the NFL. Having read the entire report, I tried to put it into context of being within the confines of an NFL locker room; if not for justification but for perspective.
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Taking Wells’ report as complete truth, the locker room culture the Dolphins cultivated is unacceptable, even by NFL locker room standards and one man should stand up and take responsibility for not implementing a change, head coach Joe Philbin.
The head coach of an NFL team should have complete control over his locker room and should be aware of what happens within the confines of its concrete walls.
In this case, head coach Philbin was unaware of the sad state of affairs of his locker room, in which case he did not have control or knew about it and chose to let the players’ police it – either way, Philbin is not beyond reproach.
For now, head coach Philbin still has a job but Incognito will not be the last fish to fry.
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