The NFL Community Awaits Results of Dolphins Investigation


Three months have passed since a bullying scandal inside the Miami Dolphins’ locker room came to light with offensive linemen Richie Incognito (the ringleader) and Jonathan Martin (the victim) at the center.  The fallout saw, among other things, Incognito indefinitely suspended, a suspension that was lifted following season’s end, Martin walk away from the team, and an investigation led by attorney Ted Wells.  The developing story presented a lot of information to digest, which is what he is apparently doing.

Wells, an attorney from the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, was hired by the NFL to conduct an investigation into Martin’s allegations and the workplace environment inside the Miami Dolphins’ locker room.  We may have to wait until the end of the week or as late as next week to have a much clearer idea of what was going on.  One thing we are sure of right now: Incognito is tired of waiting.

“Paul, Weiss, Rifkind — Really taking your time on this one.  Not like my career and life have been in the balance for 3 months.”

He posted this tweet to his Twitter account on February 6th.  I agree with the first part, regarding the investigation being lengthy.  That is not necessarily a bad thing though.  Get all the facts and “witness accounts”, then make your conclusions.  As far as the second part, so what?  Incognito landing with another team is possible, however, I doubt they have him or his representatives on speed dial.

The results will undoubtedly shed light on who is most responsible for fostering a culture that would allow the treatment Jonathan Martin received.  That could range from head coach Joe Philbin, who disapproved of the treatment alleged, members of the coaching staff, even Dolphins’ players.  Ever since the story broke, Martin, or those speaking on behalf of him, have painted a picture of an unwelcoming barrage of comments, the most notable of a racially-charged nature.  The latest development to consider will be the excess of 1,000 text messages Martin and Incognito exchanged with each other going back to the October 2012, when Martin was a rookie.  They definitely convey a tone of friends.

It will be interesting to see what happens.  Many are interested in how it will impact the two men who have already stated they wish to continue their careers in 2014.  The popular belief is that both men have played their last game as a Dolphin.  Incognito is a free agent and Martin will more than likely be traded or released with two years remaining on his contract.

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