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November 12, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
The Miami Dolphins are pushing the pause button on a planned meeting with tackle Jonathan Martin. At the behest of Ted Wells, who is conducting an independent investigation of the alleged bullying situation involving Miami guard Richie Incognito and Martin, the Dolphins have agreed to postpone the meeting team owner Stephen Ross was planning to have Wednesday with Martin. “Out of deference to the process, we will cooperate with their request,” the Dolphins said in a written statement.
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March 20, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Richie Incognito is ready to return to the NFL. More specifically, the free agent offensive lineman wants to rejoin the Miami Dolphins, the team he was with when he became the center of a bullying scandal that led to his suspension for the final eight games of last season. "Returning to the Dolphins was my No. 1 goal from the time I got suspended," Incognito told WSVN Channel 7 in Miami/Fort Lauderdale in a phone interview on Wednesday. He added: "I want to return to the community in Miami and resume my playing career as soon as possible.
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February 13, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
Richie Incognito, who was suspended by the Miami Dolphins last season after being accused of bullying teammate Jonathan Martin, apparently decided Wednesday that it was time to vent some frustration. The guard sent out a series of tweets Wednesday, criticizing Martin.   I'm ready to move on with my life and career. I've been dragged through the mud for months by my "best friend". #betrayed #railroaded - Richie Incognito (@68INCOGNITO) February 12, 2014 Dear Jon Martin.....
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March 6, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
Kevin O'Neill, the longtime Miami Dolphins trainer fired in the wake of the team's bullying scandal, is firing back at the franchise through his lawyer. Attorney Jack Scarola issued a statement Thursday on behalf of O'Neill, who in the recently released report of investigator Ted Wells is accused of laughing at inappropriate jokes aimed at offensive tackle Jonathan Martin and an unnamed assistant trainer. O'Neill accompanied Dolphins executives, coaches and scouts to last month's scouting combine in Indianapolis, but was fired on the eve of the annual event.
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November 12, 2013 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
Richie Incognito may rank high on my list of despicable human beings, but I'll give him one thing. The Miami Dolphins' bully has ignited another national conversation about what it means to be a man in this era. It's an important discussion, notably because Incognito's brute characteristics are not on the list, and it's important for men of all ages to tune in. “For generations, just about every boy growing up in America felt obliged to prove...
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February 14, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
If you have any interest in the complex and nuanced dynamics of workplace bullying and harassment, you must sit down with the newly released report about what, exactly, happened in and out of the Miami Dolphins locker room that led Jonathan Martin to walk away from the team halfway through the season last year. The 144-page report is a masterpiece of evenhandedness, produced by a team of attorneys led by Ted Wells, whose New York litigation firm was retained by the NFL to investigate the circumstances around Martin's departure and his subsequent accusations against his teammates.
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November 30, 2013 | Wire reports
Jonathan Martin's season is officially over. The Miami Dolphins put the offensive tackle on the reserve/non-football illness list Saturday, freeing up his roster spot so safety D.J. Campbell could be promoted from the team's practice squad. The move was not unexpected. Martin left the Dolphins on Oct. 28, the start of what became an explosive probe into allegations that a culture of bullying was around the team and inside its locker room. Offensive lineman Richie Incognito was suspended Nov. 3 for his alleged role in the turmoil.
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January 30, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
A lot of TV talk this weekend will be devoted to the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos, but that doesn't mean the rest of the NFL has been packed up and put into deep freeze until next fall. And nowhere is that more obvious than NBC, which aired the first interview with former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin since he left the team last October. Martin created headlines last fall when he abruptly left the Dolphins and reportedly checked himself into a Florida hospital to be treated for emotional distress.
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November 6, 2013 | Sam Farmer
While people around the sports world see the suspended Richie Incognito as a bigoted bully, retired NFL offensive lineman Kyle Turley thinks it's perfectly plausible that the Miami Dolphins guard was carrying out orders from his coaches to toughen up teammate Jonathan Martin. Turley said he was given those enforcer responsibilities in college and the pros. "I took on that leadership role," Turley said. "The coaches gave me those reins. "I'm sure in this situation - not to justify the rhetoric or terminology that Incognito used - but I understand if this was the role that was given to him. ... It's absurd for the real world to accept this, and nobody should, but this is not the real world.
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November 7, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
The NFL flourishes and we enable. Some 300-pound guy named Richie Incognito allegedly bullies a Miami Dolphins teammate, makes him pay for veterans' trips because the guy is a rookie, reportedly hurls racial slurs and death threats at him and gets himself suspended. We are horrified, disgusted, stunned by such behavior. Even the most avid fan sees how far this crosses the line of sports, competition and entertainment. So we talk to our buddies and express our disgust. We maybe make silly jokes about Incognito's name and where he'd like to be right now. We listen to sports talk radio, which loves to tackle things such as this, and rightly so, and which attracts similar outrage to what we are feeling, as well as the usual idiots who see everything through testosterone-laden macho prisms.
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February 28, 2014 | By Austin Knoblauch, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
It appears the Miami Dolphins' bullying scandal has continued to take a toll on Richie Incognito. The offensive lineman, who, along with two other teammates, was accused of persistent harassment of ex-teammate Jonathan Martin in an investigation conducted by the NFL, told Scottsdale, Ariz., police Thursday that he was responsible for damaging his Ferrari with a baseball bat. Incognito told a reporter from KSAZ-TV in Phoenix that he took a...
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February 15, 2014 | By Nico Lang, guest blogger
On Sunday, college football star Michael Sam stood on the precipice of making history. The University of Missouri lineman and NFL draft hopeful came out as gay in an interview with the New York Times, potentially making him the first openly gay NFL player. Before his announcement, Sam was projected to be a mid-to-late-round pick in May's draft. But according to Sports Illustrated, his stock may be falling . There has been some negative reaction from NFL personnel; in the SI article, one source labeled Sam's sexuality an unnecessary “distraction.” “There are guys in locker rooms that maturity-wise cannot handle it or deal with the thought of that,” an assistant coach, who wished to remain anonymous, told SI. “There's nothing more sensitive than the heartbeat of the locker room.
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February 14, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
Miami Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin contemplated suicide twice in 2013, according to the report released Friday by independent investigator Ted Wells. The Wells report, in the works since November, identifies Dolphins offensive linemen Richie Incognito, John Jerry and Mike Pouncey as the perpetrators of systematic harassment and bullying of Martin and others. The report said Martin developed “an odd but seemingly close” friendship with Incognito, and participated in off-color jokes to fit in. According to a psychologist retained by Wells, such behavior “is consistent with the behavior of a victim of abusive treatment.” Martin walked away from the Dolphins midway through the season, and Incognito was subsequently suspended for three months.
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February 14, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
The investigator looking into the abrupt departure of Miami Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin released his months-long report Friday, concluding that three starters on the offensive line "engaged in a pattern of harassment" directed not only at Martin but other players and an assistant trainer. The 144-page report, prepared by independent investigator Ted Wells, identifies linemen Richie Incognito, John Jerry and Mike Pouncey as the instigators in the locker room. Incognito, a Pro Bowl guard who recently finished a three-month suspension, is a free agent and isn't expected to return to the Dolphins.
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February 14, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
Days after the NFL said it was ready to make history by welcoming its first openly gay player, a report indicates that one team in the league promoted an intolerant locker room culture that harassed a player to the brink of suicide. Three Miami Dolphins players used "racial slurs and other racially derogatory language" as well as "homophobic name-calling and improper physical touching" to bully teammate Jonathan Martin as well as another player and an assistant trainer, both unnamed, according to independent investigator Ted Wells, who filed his report to the league on Friday.
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February 13, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
Michael Sam Sr. says his comments about his son being gay were taken out of context and don't represent his true beliefs. In a New York Times interview Tuesday, Sam was quoted as saying that “I don't want my grandkids raised in that kind of environment. " He added: “I'm old school. I'm a man-and-a-woman type of guy.” And that Hall of Famer Deacon Jones “is turning over in his grave” at the idea of an openly gay man in the league. Sam's son, Michael Sam Jr., a star defensive player for Missouri, announced earlier this week that he is gay, becoming the first openly gay player to be in the NFL draft.
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November 4, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
A week after Miami Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin walked away from the team amid alleged threats and racially charged harassment from a fellow offensive lineman, the NFL is looking into whether the team played a role in allowing the bullying culture to flourish. At the center of the controversy is guard Richie Incognito, who late Sunday was suspended indefinitely by the Dolphins for conduct detrimental to the team. Earlier Sunday, the Dolphins issued a statement that dismissed reports of bullying by Incognito as "speculation.
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March 6, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
Kevin O'Neill, the longtime Miami Dolphins trainer fired in the wake of the team's bullying scandal, is firing back at the franchise through his lawyer. Attorney Jack Scarola issued a statement Thursday on behalf of O'Neill, who in the recently released report of investigator Ted Wells is accused of laughing at inappropriate jokes aimed at offensive tackle Jonathan Martin and an unnamed assistant trainer. O'Neill accompanied Dolphins executives, coaches and scouts to last month's scouting combine in Indianapolis, but was fired on the eve of the annual event.
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