Jonathan Martin bullying investigation: Richie Incognito, 2 other players guilty of harassment


New York, NY (CBS) - An NFL ordered-investigation found Jonathan Martin was subjected to "a pattern of harassment" that included racist slurs and vicious sexual taunts about his mother and sister by three Miami Dolphin teammates.

The report said Richie Incognito, who the Dolphins suspended in November, offensive linemen John Jerry and Mike Pouncey harassed Martin, as well as another offensive lineman and an assistant trainer.

Lawyer Ted Wells released his report Friday.

The report rejected claims that Martin made up the claims of abuse.

Martin left the team in October, saying he was harassed daily by teammates.

Thousands of text messages recently leaked to the media seem to show that Incognito and Martin were friends. The texts revealed hard-edged banter that went both ways. The report concludes that the two had an "odd but seemingly close" friendship.

While Incognito claimed it was all one big joke, Martin -- who also claimed he had been bullied in middle school and high school -- said he engaged in an attempt to fit in. Wells' team consulted with a psychologist, who said that Martin's response was consistent "with the behavior of a victim of abusive treatment.

The report says: "To be candid, we struggled with how to evaluate Martin's claims of harassment given his mental health issues, his possible heightened sensitivity to insults and his unusual, 'bipolar' friendship with Incognito. Nonetheless, we ultimately concluded that Martin was indeed harassed by Incognito, who can fairly be described as the main instigator, and by Jerry and Pouncey, who tended to follow Incognito's lead."
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