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Jonathan Martin, Miami Dolphins Trainer Lawsuit Options - Richie Incognito Twitter Goes Silent

By Staff
Feb 14, 2014
Wells Report has little good news for Richie Incognito.

Any lawsuit Jonathan Martin would want to file against the Miami Dolphins must look pretty good right now to any attorney who files lawsuits against corporations for workplace violations after the report issued by NFL investigator Ted Wells.

The unnamed Miami Dolphins assistant trainer included in the report also sounds like he has a lot of options and will soon be inundated with calls from lawyers looking to sue the NFL team for not providing a safe workplace.

The report claims Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito, John Jerry, and Mike Pouncey were downright offensive and "engaged in a pattern of harassment directed at not only Jonathan Martin, but also another young Dolphins offensive lineman and an assistant trainer."

How bad is it for Richie Incognito?

He went on a Twitter tirade against Martin on February 12, 2014, then went silent on Twitter two days ago, putting his lawyer's phone number up on Twitter for a bit.

His last tweet has now edited that phone number out and now only reads, "#FreeINCOGNITO."

It is unknown what punishment he will face.

Cue the reps...

The NFL, the Miami Dolphins and the NFLPA have all declined to yet comment, saying they want to fully vet the Wells Report before any comment.

The assistant trainer's case…

The Wells report says a medical worker for the Dolphins took some heat from the offensive lineman that appears to be racially motivated as they poked fun at the trainer and threatened him.

The Japanese-born trainer was referred to as a “Jap,” a “Chinaman,” and a “dirty communist” or a “North Korean,” according to the Wells Report.

The players would make demands such as “give me some water you f—ing chink.”

From ProFootballTalk.Com:

"On Dec. 7, 2012, the anniversary of the invasion of Pearl Harbor, the three players took it to another level.

The report says they “donned traditional Japanese headbands that featured a rising sun emblem (which the Assistant Trainer had given them) and jokingly threatened to harm the Assistant Trainer physically in retaliation for the Pearl Harbor attack.”

Read the full report here - it is a long one, the report fills 144 pages.

Wells’s table of contents reveals the following chapters and bullet points:

1. Martin Was Subjected to Persistent Harassing Language
2. The Harassment Humiliated Martin and Contributed to His Mental
Health Issues
3. The Mistreatment of Martin Is Consistent with a Case of
Workplace Bullying
4. Incognito, Jerry and Pouncey Harassed Other Dolphins Personnel
5. Repeated Acts of Harassment Contributed to Martin’s Departure
6. Martin Did Not Fabricate His Allegations of Harassment
7. The Extent to Which the Abuse Resulted from Racial Animus Is
Unclear
8. The Culture of the Dolphins Offensive Line Does Not Excuse the
Mistreatment of Martin
9. Martin’s Friendship with Incognito Does Not Excuse the Abuse
10. Martin Never Reported the Abuse to the Dolphins Organization
11. The Fine Book Shows that Incognito Knew that the Harassment
Affected Martin
12. No Malicious Physical Attack of Martin Occurred at a 2012
Christmas Party
13. Coach Philbin and the Front Office Did Not Know About the Harassment
14. The Verbal Abuse Was Contrary to Team Policies
15. The Dolphins’ Plans To Improve the Team’s Workplace Conduct
Policies Are Commendable

What's next for Martin, Incognito and now Jerry and Pouncey?

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