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Wells Report Finds In Favor Of Jonathan Martin

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By Rob Hamilton / 92-9 The Game / CBS Sports Atlanta

We’ve been inundated with articles and the conversation about Michael Sam and his coming out to the world as potentially the NFL’s first openly gay player that we have since brushed aside the Richie Incognito / Jonathan Martin situation in Miami.

Well, that flood gate is about to open again.

Today, Friday the 14th of February, Valentine’s Day, The Wells Report has come out… and Jonathan Martin probably wants to give the Litigation Department at Paul Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP a big giant Valentine’s Day kiss.

According to Mr. 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,” said Mr. Wells.

Read the FULL REPORT here.

Which makes Richie Incognito’s Tweet rant the other night seem even crazier now.

The large majority of people have been on Jonathan Martin’s side during this ordeal, but there have indeed many Incognito supporters too. The next few days will tell whether or not they dig in and continue that support, or whether they read this report and come to the same conclusion that the Litigation Department at Paul Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and now the rest of the world has come to… Richie Incognito is not a good man.

Nor are John Jerry or Mike Pouncey.

Now to the question, where will Jonathan Martin play next year? Could he go back to the Dolphins? The team has said that this is not likely.

The Falcons need some help at Tackle. Would you support him ending up here in a deal?

Or would the Falcon fan base rather have Richie Incognito?

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