Ted Wells, the NFL’s independent investigator, needed 148 pages to detail Richie Incognito’s alleged mistreatment of Dolphins teammate Jonathan Martin.
It only took Incognito’s attorney two paragraphs to rebuff the report.
Mark Schamel, Incognito’s attorney, reviewed Wells' report and released this statement on Friday afternoon:
"Mr. Wells' NFL report is replete with errors. The facts do not support a conclusion that Jonathan Martin's mental health, drug use, or on field performance issues were related to the treatment by his teammates.
"It is disappointing that Mr. Wells would have gotten it so wrong, but not surprising. The truth, as reported by the Dolphins players and as shown by the evidence, is that Jonathan Martin was never bullied by Richie Incognito or any member of the Dolphins Offensive line. We are analyzing the entire report and will release a thorough analysis as soon as it is ready."
Schamel is likely referring to Martin’s admission that he battled depression in middle school and high school because he was bullied. Incognito’s attorney will probably argue that Martin had been battling emotional issues long before he joined the Dolphins.
In addition, Schamel accuses Martin of having issues with drugs.
In the report, Wells wrote, "Incognito alleged that Martin at times abused alcohol and recreational drugs. Incognito pointed out, for example, that following a poor performance in the Dolphins’ October 6, 2013 game against the Baltimore Ravens, Martin got extremely intoxicated and missed a morning weightlifting session. Martin admitted that Incognito’s account of this incident was accurate."
Most NFL observers expected the conflict between Incognito and Martin to end after Wells’ findings, but it appears the finger-pointing will continue.
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- Richie Incognito
- Jonathan Martin