(NEW YORK) — After a thorough investigation, independent investigator Ted Wells released his report on the Jonathan Martin incident with the Miami Dolphins and found that Martin was part of “a pattern of harassment” during his time with the team.
Another unnamed Dolphins lineman and an assistant coach were also the subject of harassment.
Wells’ 144-page report found that Martin was verbally abused in terms of racial slurs, sexual taunts about his mother and sister, and other verbal threats from linemen Richie Incognito, John Jerry, and Mike Pouncey.
“To a great extent, Incognito dictated the culture,” the report said. “We doubt that matters would have gotten so out of hand had Incognito not set the tone on the offensive line that made extremely vulgar taunting a typical form of communication.”
Martin abruptly left the Dolphins back on Oct. 28 after an alleged incident in the team’s cafeteria. He then joined his family in California and sought therapy for emotional issues.
The report did also indicate that it was not the intention of those involved to drive Martin away from the team.
Wells compiled the report based off thousands of voluntary produced documents that included text messages, emails and team policies. He also conducted over 100 interviews.
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Seth Fiegerman, CNN