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February 15, 2014

Inquiry says Incognito, 2 others harassed Martin

Two Miami Dolphins offensive linemen joined Richie Incognito in bullying Jonathan Martin, and at least one other player and an assistant trainer were also targets of the vicious taunts and racist insults, according to a report ordered by the NFL.

Lawyer Ted Wells released the report Friday, saying guard John Jerry and center Mike Pouncey followed Incognito’s lead in harassing Martin, who left the team in October. They threatened to rape his sister, called him a long list of slurs and bullied him for not being “black enough.”

Martin is biracial, Incognito is white, and Jerry and Pouncey are black.

Martin’s agent Kenneth Zuckerman said his client feels “vindicated” by the report.

“He feels a great sense of relief,” Zuckerman told The Associated Press. “Jonathan Martin is a great man and he’s only shown me that he is very honest since the day I met him. He loves football and is eager to get back on the field, regardless of what team he plays for.”

Incognito’s attorney Mark Schamel released a statement calling Wells’ report “replete with errors” and said that Martin “was never bullied by Richie Incognito or any member of the Dolphins’ offensive line.”

Martin, who has two years left on his contract with the Dolphins, declined interview requests.

Incognito was suspended in November, but Pouncey and Jerry remained starters throughout the season.

The report mentioned another offensive lineman and an assistant trainer who also routinely came under attack from the trio. Neither was identified in the report.

The report chronicled Martin’s struggle to deal with a “pattern of harassment,” including emotional text exchanges with his parents and a description of him crying in the bathroom after one particularly painful attack.

Martin also told investigators that he “believed that trying to engage in a physical confrontation with these three — whom he viewed as a united group — would only make matters worse.”

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