by Aaron Wilson
February 14, 02014
Miami Dolphins offensive linemen Richie Incognito, John Jerry and Mike Pouncey harassed teammate Jonathan Martin and others, including an assistant trainer and a younger unnamed offensive lineman, according to Ted Wells' 140-page investigative report released today.
Here's the link to the entire report from Wells.
Wells did more than 100 interviews with all Dolphins players and coaches, key front office personnel and owner and chairman and reviewed documents, including text messages, emails and team policies.
"The Report concludes that three starters on the Dolphins offensive line, Richie Incognito, John
Jerry and Mike Pouncey, engaged in a pattern of harassmeengaged in a pattern of harassment directed at not only Jonathan Martin, but also another young Dolphins offensive lineman and an assistant traine," Wells said. "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 insults and other offensive comments.
“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 months before he left the Dolphins which have never before been made public corroborate his account that the persistent harassment by his teammates caused him significant emotional distress 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. 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."
According to the report, offensive lineman Nate Garner was harassed by the offensive linemen.
"Garner, who is white, confirmed reports that he was often mocked by Incognito and other starters on the offensive line, in part because he was viewed as having interests that are considered non-traditional
for a football player, such as computers and remote-control helicopters, and said that he was known as a “nerd' He told us that he avoided sending text messages to the offensive line group out of fear that they would respond with derision. Garner believed that he was probably treated worse than Martin, and he told Martin, in an apparent effort to commiserate with him,that he had been through similar treatment. According to Garner, the company and support of his fiancée helped him deal with mocking statements from his teammates, but
Martin did not appear to have a similar source of support."
On page 83 of the report, it details anti-Asian remarks made to a trainer born in Japan.
Martin said that Incognito, Jerry and Pouncey directed racial slurs at the Assistant Trainer, calling him a “Jap,” a “Chinaman” and a “chink” referred to him as a “dirty communist” or a “North Korean”; made demands such as “give me some water you fucking chink”; spoke to him in a phony, mocking Asian accent, including asking for “rubby rubby sucky sucky”; and called his mother a “rub and tug masseuse.” Martin also informed us that Incognito and Jerry taunted the Assistant Trainer by saying that they had had sex with his girlfriend.
On December 7, 2012 (the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor), Incognito, Jerry and Pouncey donned traditional Japanese headbands that featured a rising sun emblem and jokingly threatened to harm the
Assistant Trainer physically in retaliation for the Pearl Harbor attack. Martin reported that the Assistant Trainer confided to him that he was upset about the Pearl Harbor prank, finding it derogatory and
demeaning Jerry and Pouncey each admitted that they repeatedly used racial language toward
the Assistant Trainer including calling him a “Jap” and a “Chinaman” and acknowledged their Pearl Harbor Day stunt. Incognito likewise did not dispute that he and others directed these kinds of words at the Assistant Trainer, but said that this language was all in good humor and that the Assistant Trainer
recognized that the words were not meant seriously, even responding with his own jokes."
"Moreover, Incognito stated that he did not discern a poweror status differential between himself and the Assistant Trainer because he viewed everyone as equal regardless of his position in the Dolphins organization. Incognito also claimed that he had a good friendship with the Assistant Trainer that included socializing outside of work. He pointed out that the headbands were gifts from the Assistant Trainer. Martin told us that until he saw how the Assistant Trainer was treated he had never in his life witnessed flagrant racial harassment. Martin felt that the Assistant Trainer awkwardly laughed along with some of the racist comments, even though he was in fact offended."
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun