New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – The independent report on the Miami Dolphins bullying scandal declared that Jonathan Martin was forced to leave the team due to chronic harassment from teammates Richie Incognito, John Jerry and Mike Pouncey.
The 144-page report was submitted by independent investigator Ted Wells, who was tasked by the NFL to look into the incident.
The report said the three “engaged in a pattern of harassment directed at not only Jonathan Martin, but also another young Dolphins offensive lineman and an assistant trainer.”
“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,” the report said.
Also, the report mentioned 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 also rejected “any suggestion that Martin manufactured claims of abuse after the fact to cover up an impetuous decision to leave the team.”
The league acknowledged the release of the report but did not mention any detail or if it plans to punish Icognito, Jerry and Pouncey.
“Our office has received the report of independent counsel Ted Wells, which sets forth the findings of his investigation into the workplace environment at the Miami Dolphins,” the league said.
As part of its commitment, the NFL said the full report has been transmitted to our clubs and has been made public.
“We appreciate the work of Ted Wells and his colleagues and the cooperation of the Miami Dolphins organization in the investigation. After we have had an opportunity to review the report, we will have further comment as appropriate,” the league added.
The NFL Players Association, through its assistant executive director George Atallah, also acknowledged the report’s release.
“We received the report on workplace conditions in Miami today. We will review the findings closely, confer with our players and all relevant parties involved,” Atallah said on his Twitter account.