Excerpts from report on Dolphins bullying scandal

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 14, 2014 at 7:29 pm •  Published: February 14, 2014

Excerpts from the "Report to the National Football League concerning issues of workplace conduct at the Miami Dolphins" that was released Friday with details of the allegations Miami Dolphins lineman Jonathan Martin made against teammate Richie Incognito:


SOCIAL BOUNDARIES BROKEN: The report said that nearly all the players interviewed had a strong reaction to Incognito, some calling him a great teammate and a hard worker. At the same time, he was described as aggressive with "little sense of social boundaries." An unnamed player quoted in the report calls Incognito "a good player, but he is kind of a disease; he divides a locker room."


SISTER TARGETED: Many of the taunts directed at Martin involved his sister, a medical student whom none of the players had ever met. The comments about Martin's sister were both vulgar and graphic in nature, and the taunts were ongoing. "Martin reported that he heard the insults about his sister throughout the Dolphins training facility — in the locker room, on the practice field, in the showers, in the offensive line room (often before meetings got started), even sometimes in the cafeteria."


INAPPROPRIATE GIFTS: "Dolphins' Offensive Line Coach Jim Turner was aware of the running 'joke' that Player A was gay, and on at least one occasion, he participated in the taunting. Around Christmas 2012, Coach Turner gave the offensive linemen gift bags that included a variety of stocking stuffers. The gifts included inflatable female dolls for all of the offensive linemen except Player A, who received a male 'blow-up' doll." Turner told the report's authors he did not recall the incident.


INSULTS WITH A PURPOSE: "For the most part, Incognito does not dispute saying or writing any of the statements that Martin claimed offended him. Further, Incognito admitted that at times the very purpose of the verbal taunts was to "get under the skin" of another person. From Incognito's perspective, however, the statements in question were an accepted part of the everyday camaraderie of the Dolphins tight-knit offensive line."

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