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Play-by-play: NFL player Richie Incognito’s bullying of teammate Jonathan Martin

Incognito and Martin

Richie Incognito, left, and Jonathan Martin of the Miami Dolphins football team.

On October 28, 2013, Jonathan Martin, an offensive tackle with the NFL’s Miami Dolphins, abruptly walked out of the team’s practice facility and checked himself into a hospital, requesting psychological treatment. He left because his teammates had subjected him to continuous bullying and harassment.

The NFL commissioned the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, to find out exactly what happened. Last month its report was issued. According to the author, Ted Wells,

The Report concludes that three starters on the Dolphins offensive line, Richie Incognito, John Jerry and Mike Pouncey, engaged in a pattern of harassment directed at not only Jonathan Martin, but also another young Dolphins offensive lineman and an assistant trainer. The Report finds that the assistant trainer repeatedly was the object of racial slurs and other racially derogatory language; that the other offensive  lineman was subjected to homophobic name-calling and improper physical touching; and that Martin was taunted on a persistent basis with sexually explicit remarks about his sister and his mother and at times ridiculed with racial insults and other offensive comments.

The Report rejects any suggestion that Martin manufactured claims of abuse after the fact to cover up an impetuous decision to leave the team. Contemporaneous text messages that Martin sent to his parents and others months before he left the Dolphins—which have never before been made public—corroborate his account that the persistent harassment by his teammates caused him significant emotional distress. The Report concludes that the harassment by Martin’s teammates was a contributing factor in his decision to leave the team, but also finds that Martin’s teammates did not intend to drive Martin from the team or cause him lasting emotional injury.

The entire 148-page report is available online. It is very readable, although at times it is vulgar, as the crude harassing statements were included verbatim.

This report is the most comprehensive account of a case of bullying and harassment that I’ve ever see, describing exactly what happened and how the targets were affected. I hope it sheds light on the harm bullying and harassment causes.

Download a PDF of the report here:

www.nfldolphinsreport.com

 

 



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  1. hinahina says:

    Kooks tend to gang up on their target with vile behavior intended to psychologically harass and vilify the otherwise innocent scapegoat.

    Bullies excuse their negative behavior under the guise of harmless fun and consider it normalized as a result of a fairly constant diet of media tripe which thrives on name calling and other pointless Uproar games.

    These bullies gain momentum until their target reaches a breaking point and the bullies feel they’ve won some lame Pyrrhic victory which says more about the horrible behavior than it does about their victim.

    I think it’s terribly sad that many people are so unaware that their malicious behavior ultimately shows their own deep insecurity and inability to achieve a higher level of evolved human being, but I am glad that this inexcusable behavior is brought to light and the kooks are exposed.

    Something similar happened to me at work where a sociopathic influence gained a toe hold in weaker minds and the result was a scapegoat like attack on me. It was pretty shocking to witness and be their target but exposure and knowledge are these kooks’ greatest fears and downfall, so I let a year pass, did copious research then posted on Facebook about the situation, my findings and comments regarding it.

    I did that a few weeks ago and though I’m not about to gloat about a successful conclusion in presenting publically that my coworkers are jerks, it has been interesting to see how they’re reacting to all the information I’ve presented about them.

    As a scapegoat and target for jerks, I can’t say it’s been fun or easy but I do get a sense of solace to know that they might have actually learned something about their own personal evolution in the last 12 months.



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