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Report: Richie Incognito, Mike Pouncey wore Japanese headbands on Pearl Harbor day to mock trainer

Mike-Pouncey-DolphinsThe bombshell investigation that attorney Ted Wells and company published on Friday not only concluded that Jonathan Martin was a victim of workplace harassment, but also that Richie Incognito, Mike Pouncey and John Jerry acted similarly toward others within the organization. One of those people was an unnamed assistant trainer.

Shortly after Martin left the Dolphins during the 2013 season, reports surfaced indicating Incognito and at least one other player had also harassed a team staff member about his ethnic background and made inappropriate comments about his wife. Now this from the Wells report:

On December 7, 2012, the anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Incognito, Jerry and Pouncey donned traditional Japanese headbands that featured a rising sun emblem (which the Assistant Trainer had given them) and jokingly threatened to harm the Assistant Trainer physically in retaliation for the Pearl Harbor attack. According to Martin, the Assistant Trainer confided in him that he was upset about the Pearl Harbor comments, finding them derogatory toward his heritage.

Wells and company also found that Incognito, Pouncey and Jerry frequently used racial slurs like “Jap” and “dirty communist” — among other vulgar expressions — when speaking to the trainer. The trainer, who implied he was concerned about losing the trust of the players, said he could not recall the racially-charged incidents or if the linemen made any remarks about his girlfriend. The denials were not believed, as it was noted that the trainer later sent the following text to Martin.

“Hey JM I understand how [y]ou feel man … They are relentless sometime … Some day I wanna do exactly what you did today.”

The message was sent hours after Martin chose to leave the team on Oct. 28.

Again, we have no idea why Incognito tweeted earlier this week that the truth is going to “bury” Martin. Most people are going to take the Wells report as truth, and that does not bode well for Incognito’s career.

Richie Incognito to Mike Pouncey after Jonathan Martin left Dolphins: ‘F— that guy’

Richie Incognito DolphinsLast week, we shared with you a number of text messages that had been exchanged between Miami Dolphins offensive linemen Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito. Although we had yet to hear many aspects of the story, it seemed like Incognito and Martin were friendly enough with each other that you could argue Incognito was blindsided by Martin’s accusations. The Ted Wells report has changed most of that.

At one point after Martin left the Dolphins, Incognito reached out to him to say, “I’m here for you” and ask how he was doing. According to the Wells report (page 133), Incognito had the following exchange with fellow offensive lineman Mike Pouncey just hours later.

Incognito: F– Jmart That f—t is never [allowed] back
Pouncey: Bro I said the same thing I can’t even look at him the
same he’s a p—y
Incognito: My agent just asked if we held mandatory strip club
meetings Jmart is f—–g ratting on everyone
Pouncey: Lol wow are you serious he is a f–k boy
Pouncey: He’s not welcome back bro I can’t be around that
f—–g guy
Incognito: F–k that guy if Ur not with [u]s Ur against us
Pouncey: No question bro he’s a coward for snitching
Incognito: Snitches get stitches Blood in blood out F—–g guy
Pouncey: He’s dead to me

In the days following that conversation, Incognito reached out to Martin again and said, “I need you buddy I’m getting killed in the media.”

Simply put, it appears obvious that Incognito went into panic mode when he realized how serious the allegations against him were. He was likely trying to butter Martin up, but it was far too late.

Related: Richie Incognito, Mike Pouncey wore Japanese headbands to mock trainer

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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Mike Pouncey testifies before grand jury in Aaron Hernandez case

Mike-Pouncey-DolphinsMiami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey reportedly missed practice on Wednesday to travel to Massachusetts so he could testify before a grand jury in the Aaron Hernandez murder case. The Palm Beach Post noted that Pouncey was absent and listed as “non-injury” on the team’s Wednesday practice report.

The Dolphins are set to take on the New England Patriots on Sunday in what is virtually a must-win for Miami if they want to keep their playoff hopes alive. Instead of practicing with his teammates, Pouncey was likely answering a number of questions about his friendship with Hernandez that dates back to their playing days at the University of Florida.

As we know, Hernandez is currently in jail awaiting trial for the murder of Odin Lloyd. Pouncey and his twin brother Maurkice were photographed wearing ‘Free Hernandez’ hats shortly after Hernandez was arrested and charged with murder. Maurkice later apologized for wearing the hat, but Mike avoided the subject.

It is unclear what information investigators sought from Pouncey, as Hernandez is awaiting trial for the murder of Lloyd and prosecutors have also reportedly been pushing for him to be charged for his possible involvement in a drive-by shooting that left two dead in 2012. The fact that Pouncey was called to testify does not mean he did anything wrong. A previous report indicated that he may be asked about potential interstate gun trafficking by Hernandez.

Mike Pouncey told Cris Carter Jonathan Martin considered quitting during rookie season

Jonathan MartinJonathan Martin abruptly departed the Miami Dolphins last week, but the idea may have been in his mind for a while.

We have previously heard that Martin has had “emotional issues” since his rookie season, and Dolphins center and leadership council member, Mike Pouncey, says as a rookie, Martin was having second thoughts about playing pro football.

Per The Miami Herald, Pouncey told Hall of Famer and ESPN analyst Cris Carter that Martin considered quitting football during his rookie season.

Here’s what Pouncey told Carter, per The Herald:

Pouncey told Carter, the Hall of Famer later relayed, that Martin had considered quitting football long before leaving the team.

Carter said Pouncey told him: “There were times he struggled as a rookie and contemplated, ‘Am I cut out for this?’ ”

That seems to mesh with what Martin told Richie Incognito over text. Martin reportedly told Incognito that the football culture and locker room got to him, leading him to leave.

Among other issues, it sure seems like Martin may not have fit in in the NFL — or at least with the Dolphins — and came to that realization.

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Mike Pouncey served grand jury subpoena after Dolphins game

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Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey was served a grand jury subpoena by Massachusetts State Police following his team’s 27-17 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday.

Sports Illustrated reported the story and has a photo of Pouncey getting served inside Gillette Stadium after the game. The subpoena is believed to be related to the Aaron Hernandez case. SI says Dolphins officials were surprised by the subpoena and that not even Patriots owner Bob Kraft was aware of the police’s plans to serve Pouncey.

A grand jury has been meeting to gather more evidence related to Hernandez’s alleged crimes for potential prosecution. They reportedly were pushing for Hernandez to be charged for a 2012 drive-by shooting that left two dead. The former New England Patriots tight end was formally indicted by the grand jury in August for the murder of Lloyd.

Being subpoened by the grand jury does not mean Pouncey has done anything wrong nor that he will be charged with any crimes. He likely will be asked to contribute to the investigation of Hernandez. More specifically, SI says he may be asked about potential gun trafficking by Hernandez. SI reports that Hernandez is being investigated for potential interstate gun trafficking by at least three states — Massachusetts, Florida and New York.

Pouncey and his twin brother Maurkice were teammates and close friends of Hernandez at the University of Florida. In July, the brothers expressed their support of Hernandez by wearing “Free Hernandez” hats. Maurkice later apologized for wearing the hat, but Mike did not.

Mike Pouncey avoids apologizing for wearing ‘Free Hernandez’ hat

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Last weekend, twin brothers Maurkice and Mike Pouncey had a regrettable lapse in judgment when they wore hats that said “Free Hernandez” on them during their birthday bash at a nightclub in Miami. Maurkice, who plays center for the Pittsburgh Steelers, apologized with a message on Twitter just two days after wearing the hat. Mike, who plays for the Miami Dolphins, has remained silent.

On Sunday, Mike was asked to address his decision to support Aaron Hernandez while his former Florida teammate awaits trial for the murder of Odin Lloyd.

“I’m here to talk about football,” he said, via Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald. “After football.”

It was believed that the Steelers put pressure on Maurkice to apologize for wearing the hat, but Dolphins coach Joe Philbin would not say if he did the same to Mike.

“Any conversation I may or may not have had with Mike will stay internal,” Philbin said, according to Around the League. “I will tell you that it’s important for every member of this organization — player, coach — to represent the Miami Dolphins in a first-class manner.”

I can understand Mike not wanting to get into a full-blown discussion about the hat after Miami’s first training camp session. You don’t want to become a distraction, but would it have been difficult for him to say he made a dumb decision and tell reporters that’s the last he’s going to say about it? Refusing to address the issue simply magnifies it.