NFL inquiry into Miami Dolphins bullying scandal to begin soon

Miami HeraldNovember 8, 2013 

The NFL’s investigation into the Miami Dolphins’ hazing scandal will soon begin in earnest.

Special counsel Ted Wells will meet with Jonathan Martin in Los Angeles late next week, ESPN reported Friday. Those plans appear to be tentative, however, as a league source said nothing has been made official yet. Wells will include Martin's testimony in his final report on alleged locker-room misconduct, which will be made public. There is no timeline for how long the inquiry will take.

The news came the same day more details of Richie Incognito’s relationship with his teammates emerged.

Incognito, a member of the team’s leadership council, would hold offensive line meetings at a strip club, the National Football Post reported Friday. Citing multiple sources, the story claimed Incognito would fine players who didn’t show.

Late Thursday, Martin’s side of the story was put on the record for the first time.

Martin’s new attorney, David Cornwell, alleged that his client’s abuse at the hands of his Dolphins teammates was not only emotional, but physical as well.

“Jonathan Martin’s toughness is not at issue,” said Cornwell, citing Martin’s football exploits with the Dolphins and at Stanford. “The issue is Jonathan’s treatment by his teammates.

“For the entire season-and-a-half that he was with the Dolphins, he attempted to befriend the same teammates who subjected him to the abuse with the hope that doing so would end the harassment,” Cornwell continued. “This is a textbook reaction of victims of bullying.”

The Dolphins can say next to nothing about the situation, due to the ongoing NFL probe. Dolphins players are off Friday. They return to practice Saturday.

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