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Ted Wells report shows Jonathan Martin, unnamed Dolphins OL, team assistant were harassed

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When Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito tweeted that the truth is going to “bury” teammate Jonathan Martin earlier this week, he must not have been referring to the Ted Wells report. The results of the independent investigation were released on Friday, with Wells and others concluding that Martin was indeed a victim of persistent workplace harassment.

If you have the time, the entire report is worth reading. Incognito is basically labeled the ring leader, though it was determined that offensive linemen Mike Pouncey and John Jerry also bullied Martin. Another Dolphins lineman, referred to as Player A, and a team assistant were also allegedly harassed on a regular basis.

The report includes a number of disturbing exchanges — both verbal and written — that Martin claims took place between him, Incognito, Jerry and Pouncey. The exchanges include but are not limited to the use of racial and homophobic slurs and incredibly disturbing remarks about Martin’s sister and mother.

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Richie Incognito: Jonathan Martin told me he was considering suicide

Jonathan Martin Tony DungyRichie Incognito broke his silence in a huge way on Wednesday, blasting Miami Dolphins teammate Jonathan Martin on Twitter and warning him that the truth is going to “bury” him. He later claimed that Martin once told him he was thinking about taking his own life.

“FACT: Jonathan Martin told me he thought about taking his own life in MAY 2013 (because) he wasn’t playing well,” Incognito wrote. “Told me he felt worthless.”

A series of text messages that were exchanged between Incognito and Martin appeared to show that the two had a pretty typical relationship for two men. Incognito’s camp has also claimed that Martin used drugs and that he feared he was in danger of losing his spot on the team.

In an interview with Tony Dungy last month, Martin said he felt that he had been “singled out” and the way he was treated was not normal. Incognito seems intent on proving that Martin had some mental health issues that were not caused by the way the former Stanford star was treated in the locker room.

Incognito’s claim that Martin told him he was considering suicide is obviously very serious. Had anyone else on the team known that Martin was having those thoughts and done nothing about it, there would be a significant problem within the organization.

Richie Incognito to ‘best friend’ Jonathan Martin: The truth will bury you

Jonathan Martin Richie Incognito

Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito decided on Wednesday that he was done keeping quiet about the situation with teammate Jonathan Martin. Incognito blasted Martin in a series of tweets and warned that the truth is going to “bury” him.

Incognito was referring to the racially-charged message that he allegedly left Martin, during which he supposedly threatened Martin.

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Richie Incognito seemed genuinely blindsided by Jonathan Martin situation

Jonathan Martin Richie Incognito

Over 1,000 text messages that were exchanged between Miami Dolphins offensive linemen Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito from October 2012 to November 2013 were published by The Big Lead on Monday. I have combed through all of them, and the impression I get is that there is an entire side to the story that still needs to be told.

Incognito obviously likes to party. We have seen video proof that shows he acts like a jackass sometimes, but that doesn’t mean his relationship with Martin could not have been misunderstood. The text messages make it obvious that Martin is not a party animal. Incognito frequently asked him to go out to clubs. There were times when Martin would agree to meet up, but a lot of others when he made excuses like being too tired or already having plans to hang out with his parents.

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Richie Incognito goes on the offensive, claims Jonathan Martin sent him vulgar texts

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Richie Incognito is still in the process of defending himself against bullying accusations from former Miami Dolphins teammate Jonathan Martin. Believe it or not, text messages that were sent between the two may actually help Incognito make his case.

Incognito recently hired high-profile public relations firm Strick & Co. to help him refute allegations made by Martin. His lawyers have also turned over information to the NFL that they believe shows Martin is a troubled person who sent vulgar and inappropriate texts to Incognito.

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Jonathan Martin in interview: I never intended to be crusader against culture of football

Jonathan Martin Tony DungyJonathan Martin told Tony Dungy in their sit-down interview that he “never intended to be a crusader against the culture of football” and that he is eager to continue his career.

NBC Sports played the full interview between Dungy and Martin on Wednesday, and it lasted for around 20 minutes. The clip above is just one small piece of the interview, but the talking points from Martin were consistent throughout the interview.

Martin did not really get into details of the bullying he experienced with the Miami Dolphins, instead choosing to refer to the text messages and voicemails that were reported. He said there wasn’t one specific thing that bothered him, but rather the persistence of disrespectful and crude behavior over the longterm that got to him. He told Dungy he felt “singled out” and that the way he was treated was not normal. He even says he spoke to players on other teams in the NFL whom he knew and the consensus was that his experience was abnormal.

Some of the mistreatment that did not sit well with Martin were “comments of a racial nature” that he endured, as well as sexual comments about his sister and mother.

Martin believes the culture with the Miami Dolphins was problematic and uncommon in the NFL. He vouched for himself as a competitor and player and said he was viewed as a leader and great teammate throughout his career, especially at Stanford. He used part of the interview to sell himself to potential NFL teams who might consider adding him.

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Jonathan Martin: I felt trapped in locker room (Video)

Jonathan Martin Tony DungyJonathan Martin sat down with Tony Dungy for his first interview since leaving the Miami Dolphins and accusing his former teammates of bullying him and explained some of what he was going through.

The interview will air in full on “Pro Football Talk” on Wednesday at 6:30 pm ET on NBC Sports Network, and parts will play on “Today” Wednesday.

For now, NBC News has provided us with the following quotes from Martin:

“I’m a man. I’m a grown man. I’ve been in locker rooms. There’s vulgar language in locker rooms,” Martin told Dungy. “One instance doesn’t bother me,” Martin said of his former teammates’ behavior. “It’s the persistence of it. I wish I would have had more tools to solve my situation . . . but I didn’t.

“I felt trapped like I didn’t have a way to make it right. And it came down to the point where, you know, I thought it was best just to remove myself from the situation.”

We can’t fully offer our analysis of the interview since all we’re seeing is a short clip and quote from Martin, but this is enough to have us intrigued. We’ll be tuning in to hear what he said in the interview and will offer our opinion Wednesday.

p.s. love the fireplace