Richie Incognito: Bullying Details SurfaceBy: Daryl Nelson - February 16, 2014
When word got out that Miami Dolphins lineman Jonathan Martin was the victim of bullying by some of his teammates, it was difficult for some people to understand how a big, rough and tough football player could get bullied or pushed around.
Which is one of the reasons why NFL investigator Ted Wells took a further look into the accusations and conducted a 144 report about his findings.
Initially, the bullying claims were hurled at Martin’s teammate, Richie Incognito, then afterwards other Dolphin teammates were named like Mike Pouncey and John Jerry, also a defensive lineman.
In Wells’ report, it said the three accused players threw racial insults at Martin, used vulgar sexual language towards him, and even made some sexually inappropriate comments about his mother after meeting her.
Martin also said that his assistant was physically threatened.
“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,” the report read. “Martin reported that the Assistant Trainer confided to him that he was upset about the Pearl Harbor prank, finding it derogatory and demeaning.”
Prior to the report being conducted, there were some people who didn’t fully believe Martin, as details of the harassment that he suffered were scarce, which obviously frustrated him, but now that the whole truth is out, he feels much better and he’s looking forward to getting his career back on track.
“He feels a great sense of relief,” said Kenneth Zuckerman, Martin’s agent. “Jonathan Martin is a great man, and he’s only shown me that he is very honest since the day I met him. He loves football and is eager to get back on the field, regardless of what team he plays for.”
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