NFL investigator Ted Wells' report on allegations of bullying in the Miami Dolphins locker room has found that linemen Richie Incognito, John Jerry, and Mike Pouncey engaged in a "pattern of harassment" of Jonathan Martin, a young offensive lineman, and an assistant trainer.
The report, which was released Friday morning, described Incognito as "the main instigator" and Jerry and Pouncey as players who "tended to follow Incognito's lead."
Wells said he was influenced by a number of factors in reaching his conclusion, including the "flagrantly inappropriate treatment" of the assistant trainer and the younger Dolphins lineman; Incognito's entries in a notebook used to keep track of fines the offensive linemen imposed on each other, which included a $200 fine against himself for "breaking Jmart"; and text messages Incognito sent to Pouncey and another lineman pleading with them to destroy the fine book after Martin left the team.
"We view Incognito's entries in the fine book about 'breaking Jmart' and his attempt to destroy the fine book — which was unsuccessful — as evidence demonstrating his awareness that he had engaged in improper conduct toward Martin," the report said.
Wells also flatly rejected Incognito's assertion that Martin made up claims of harassment after leaving the team.
And the NFL Players' Association also made a statement: "We have received the report on workplace conditions in Miami. We will review the findings closely, confer with our players and all relevant parties involved."
Martin left the Dolphins on Oct. 30 and Incognito was suspended on Nov. 3 — missing the final eight games of the season — while the NFL conducted its investigation. His suspension ended days after the Super Bowl as part of an administrative move agreed upon by all involved parties.
Two days ago, Incognito accused Martin of "betrayal" and said, "the truth is going to bury you and your entire 'camp'. You could have told the truth the entire time" in a Twitter rant. It was a sharp reversal from Incognito's supportive tweets about Martin from little more than a week ago, when the team announced the conclusion of Incognito's suspension.
His final Tweet of the rant was retweeted more than 2,200 times: