A 148-page document of attorney Ted Wells’ three-month investigation into alleged bullying concluded that Incognito as well as linemen John Jerry and Mike Pouncey “engaged in a pattern of harassment directed at not only Jonathan Martin, but also another young Dolphins offensive lineman and an assistant trainer.”
Wells, a prominent New York lawyer was hired by the NFL in November to investigate after offensive lineman Jonathan Martin left the team Oct. 28.
Wells’ report also says Martin has mental health problems, self confidence issues that date back to high school and a heightened sensitivity to insults. Wells also acknowledged that on two occasions during 2013 Martin admitted to contemplating suicide.
“The mistreatment of Martin fits, to some extent, the classic pattern for workplace bullying,” Wells wrote in his report. “Incognito, Jerry and Pouncey were in superior positions to Martin within the Dolphins organization; he was a rookie in 2012. They appear to have regarded Martin and the others they mistreated as different, weaker or unlikely to fight back, and deliberately subjected them to aggression over a significant period of time, including abusive language uttered in a manner calculated to lead to humiliation in front of others.
“In a number of ways, Martin fits the mold of a typical bullying victim: hesitant to challenge others, perhaps socially awkward (at least in his own eyes) and different from the others because of his upper-middle-class upbringing and intellectual interests. He responded to abuse by blaming and distrusting himself, falling into what appears to have been serious depression. He did not report the harassment because he feared that doing so would further ostracize him from the offensive line group.”
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