The Wells report looking into claims of bullying at the Miami Dolphins has been released today after months of speculation and debate.
Ted Wells submitted his report to the NFL, which in turn has made the full report available to the public at www.NFLDolphinsreport.com.
The report, which runs to 144 pages, includes a comprehensive analysis of documents and over 100 interviews, as well as multiple pages of text messages sent between Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin during their time together in Miami.
While the media has focussed on Incognito since the allegations arose, the report also highlights the actions of two fellow Dolphins offensive linesman:
"Three starters on the Dolphins offensive line, Richie Incognito, 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."
In a press release accompanying the document Mr. Wells explained the extent of the bullying -
- Derogatory racial remarks made towards the assistant trainer.
- Homophobic name-calling and improper physical touching towards the other offensive lineman.
- Martin was subjected to sexually explicit remarks about his sister and his mother as well as racial insults and other offensive comments.
Wells also rejected the idea that Jonathan Martin may have manufactured claims of abuse at a later date in order to explain his decision to leave the team.
The report also concludes that the three named Dolphins players "did not intend to drive Martin from the team or cause him lasting emotional injury."
Martin initially left the Dolphins on October 28 2013, while Incognito was suspended by the franchise on November 4 in relation to events.