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February 14, 2014, 11:50 AM
Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito was the ringleader of three players who "engaged in a pattern of harassment" of teammate Jonathan Martin, another unidentified young offensive lineman and a member of the team's athletic training staff, according to the long-awaited, 144-page report released by attorney Ted Wells' office Friday morning.

That harassment by Incognito and fellow offensive linemen John Jerry and Mike Pouncey contributed to Martin's departure from the team in October, but those teammates "did not intend to drive Martin from the team or cause him lasting emotional injury" and coach Joe Philbin and the front office were unaware it was happening, the report said.

Not much of a surprise overall. It's a lengthy article so I only posted the first 2 paragraphs. This let's Philbin off the hook somewhat. Ultimately as the HC it's still his responsibility to know what's going on. Incognito is a FA. Should be interesting.
February 14, 2014  12:24 PM ET

The report also said the Martin was soft...and that he also participated in trying to fit in and could have said something that may have stopped it.

Martin's NFL career should be over, the league does not allow soft men to play.
Incognito should get another chance....lets see if the Dolphins do the right thing and release all three players who participated, or do they use Incognito as their scapegoat.

February 14, 2014  01:00 PM ET

I am fascinated about why anyone would care about this story. Really, bulling in the NFL?

February 14, 2014  01:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I am fascinated about why anyone would care about this story. Really, bulling in the NFL?

It is the NFL trying to be politically correct.

February 14, 2014  01:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

It is the NFL trying to be politically correct.

that's what it seems to come down to in most parts of life these days.

February 14, 2014  02:46 PM ET

I don't like the racist comments. I don't care about hazing newbies (within reason--but Martin wasn't a rookie), or even the bullying part. These are grown men - deal with it. Life's tough.

But I don't have any tolerance for all the BS racist comments. It's not funny. It's not "guys being guys." It's improper and out of line. Not everyone has the same tolerance level. I don't like the comments about Martin's mother and sister, either. Friggin' degenerates. Send them back to their beat up trailers in the corner of the junk yard.

February 14, 2014  02:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I don't like the racist comments. I don't care about hazing newbies (within reason--but Martin wasn't a rookie), or even the bullying part. These are grown men - deal with it. Life's tough. But I don't have any tolerance for all the BS racist comments. It's not funny. It's not "guys being guys." It's improper and out of line. Not everyone has the same tolerance level. I don't like the comments about Martin's mother and sister, either. Friggin' degenerates. Send them back to their beat up trailers in the corner of the junk yard.

Martin made the same comments about Incognito's family...two wrongs or two negatives do not make a right...but unless everybody who participated in this is punished the same, the report is a farce.

February 14, 2014  03:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Martin made the same comments about Incognito's family...two wrongs or two negatives do not make a right...but unless everybody who participated in this is punished the same, the report is a farce.

Ok, I guess there are some sources who say that inside the Dolphins family. I just don't necessarily believe it. You're right, two wrongs don't make a right (but they make for good revenge sometimes).

Look at the backgrounds of those involved. Yes, Martin might be a racist, too. Highly educated, wealthy people are as prone as anyone (sometimes more so?). But I doubt it, given the guy's family background. Doesn't seem to be the kind of guy who blows up people's voice mail with racial slurs. He doesn't seem to possess the level of ignorance required to be an instigator of racist banter. You've seen the videos of the other guys - shirtless, bellies hanging out. Bunch of toothless, loud, drunk, racist, bullying, terrorizing, booger-eating morons.

February 14, 2014  03:26 PM ET

Off topic, but Obama's in Fresno, today! Woo hooooo, first time in his presidency. Wish he could snap his fingers and end the drought. If we don't get a lot more rain here in the San Joaquin Valley and a lot of snow in the mountains to increase the snowpack in the next two months there are gonna be problems. Expect to pay more for your produce, America. They already lost a good percentage of the orange crop to December's freeze.

Food grows where water flows!

February 14, 2014  03:44 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Off topic, but Obama's in Fresno, today! Woo hooooo, first time in his presidency. Wish he could snap his fingers and end the drought. If we don't get a lot more rain here in the San Joaquin Valley and a lot of snow in the mountains to increase the snowpack in the next two months there are gonna be problems. Expect to pay more for your produce, America. They already lost a good percentage of the orange crop to December's freeze. Food grows where water flows!

Agreed Ripper.

kudos for getting away with saying 'booger-eating morons'.

February 14, 2014  03:56 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Ok, I guess there are some sources who say that inside the Dolphins family. I just don't necessarily believe it. You're right, two wrongs don't make a right (but they make for good revenge sometimes). Look at the backgrounds of those involved. Yes, Martin might be a racist, too. Highly educated, wealthy people are as prone as anyone (sometimes more so?). But I doubt it, given the guy's family background. Doesn't seem to be the kind of guy who blows up people's voice mail with racial slurs. He doesn't seem to possess the level of ignorance required to be an instigator of racist banter. You've seen the videos of the other guys - shirtless, bellies hanging out. Bunch of toothless, loud, drunk, racist, bullying, terrorizing, booger-eating morons.

Good points...

But I think what Riley Cooper said, is much worse than all of what Incognito said or did...
I would welcome Incognito to my team before I would want a soft quitter like Martin.

February 14, 2014  04:00 PM ET

Yep, Incognito is a jerk and Martin should've found a better way to deal with situation.

February 14, 2014  04:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Good points...But I think what Riley Cooper said, is much worse than all of what Incognito said or did...I would welcome Incognito to my team before I would want a soft quitter like Martin.

The NFL locker room culture consists of alpha males and a weak minded person would be better off pursuing a different career. It is no place for overly sensitive people.

February 14, 2014  04:49 PM ET

Richie Incognito would be a perfect fit for the Oakland Raiders. Al Davis loved guys like him.

February 14, 2014  07:32 PM ET

Ultimately as the HC it's still his responsibility to know what's going on.


Agreed. I don't care if he legitimately didn't know. He should have known. Intentionally or unintentionally casting a blind eye doesn't absolve the head coach of his responsibility.

February 14, 2014  07:32 PM ET

Ultimately as the HC it's still his responsibility to know what's going on.


Agreed. I don't care if he legitimately didn't know. He should have known. Intentionally or unintentionally casting a blind eye doesn't absolve the head coach of his responsibility.

February 14, 2014  07:33 PM ET

****ing garbage website and its lag

February 14, 2014  07:37 PM ET

What I find most interesting is that an assistant trainer was another target of the harassment.

1. Kick that trainer out of the league. If he can't hold his own against players, he's useless.

2. Once again, Joe Philbin should have known about that.

That's just absolutely insane. What were these guys doing? And I mean outside of the report. Because there's no way that report covers everything. What were these guys doing that offensive linemen and members of the training staff were unable to handle.

February 14, 2014  07:48 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Agreed. I don't care if he legitimately didn't know. He should have known. Intentionally or unintentionally casting a blind eye doesn't absolve the head coach of his responsibility.

The problem is that Martin did not have any heart...if he felt so uncomfortable, he should have punched the dud dead in the face, and told him, my family is off limits.

Martin is soft, I would not want him on my team...I do not agree with the tactics that Incognito used, but he could play for me all day.

February 14, 2014  09:10 PM ET

Whatever. There's enough morally bankrupt dudes running around in the NFL already, why not add this clown Incognito to your roster? He can play, right? And nothing else matters? Martin's not innocent. He should have dealt with this BS in an entirely different manner, showing some spine. That Neanderthal Incognito took to Twitter on Wednesday the 12th stating:

"Dear Jon Martin.....The truth is going to bury you and your entire 'camp'. You could have told the truth the entire time." Shows what a degenerate he is by still popping off at the mouth some three months after this stupidity began. Guy doesn't learn. And Karma's a B.

Then the report comes out and "D'oh," looks like the investigation findings are quite different than that loudmouth thought it would say.

 
February 14, 2014  09:26 PM ET

Everyone involved in this has some issues. Nobody is innocent!

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