‘Fins can put scandal to bed
The Sports Brothers | 2/20/2014, 9 a.m.
The Ted Wells investigation into the Miami Dolphins bullying scandal finally came to an end and was released to the media this past weekend. Wells’ 140-plus page report on the drama that unfolded in ‘Fins camp leading up to Jonathan Martin’s departure from the team is graphic, troublesome and not the type of behavior one would expect from grown men. Firstly he did a masterful job of sifting through the evidence, concluding that Richie Incognito, John Jerry and Mike Pouncey were the main culprits in the non-stop humiliation and harassment of Martin, another teammate referred to as Player A and an assistant trainer for months in the most cruelest of manners. Yes they may have been better served calling the report "Grown Men Behaving VERY Badly." Clearly from the evidence gathered this is what we have.
There are so many variables in this report. Who looks worse? Jonathan Martin or Richie Incognito? Clearly Martin according to the report had some mental issues that date back to his childhood. Meanwhile Richie the bully has always been just that, a bully, a head case and a man once voted as the NFL's "most dirtiest player." Which guy seems more suited for your football team? I am not so uncertain that the 300 plus pound Martin should not be working in some preschool daycare instead of a testosterone filled, homophobic, profanity laced NFL locker room. Incognito well I think you can draw your own conclusion there. The report should serve as a blueprint for the Dolphins and other NFL locker rooms. The findings of the Wells report will only be significant if it leads to real consequences. There is speculation that Incognito should be further punished and banned from the game, I don't agree with that sentiment .I see Incognito as a football player, a man who plays a violent game and is equipped with a violent personality, seems like a perfect fit. Martin, well, not so much. Meanwhile the Dolphins should fire offensive line coach Jim Turner, who participated in the bullying. As a team coach there are some things where you should draw the line and not participate in. Getting back to Jonathan Martin I just really feel like a man has to stand up for himself at some point. Martin never did that and the report further suggests some really troubling issues going on in Martin's head. He contemplated suicide, and then there was this very disturbing note to his parents that read;
"I figured out a major source of my anxiety. I’m a push over, a people pleaser. I avoid confrontation whenever I can, I always want everyone to like me. I let people talk about me, say anything to my face, and I just take it, laugh it off, even when I know they are intentionally trying to disrespect me. I mostly blame the soft schools I went to, which fostered within me a feeling that I’m a huge pu--y."
So what we ended up with in the locker room of the Miami Dolphins was a guy who lacked self confidence in Martin. A man who himself thought he was a pushover and a chump and a cave man named Richie Incognito, a bully who can simply sniff out spineless wimps and crush their spirits and manhood. It's what bullies do and they specialize in. Still Martin should have manned up, somehow I don't see Richie spewing off all that crap to ex Dolphin Joey Porter. It was just a bad mix, a mix that had the potential to be explosive and explode it did. Now the Miami Dolphins are left to pickup the pieces and rebuild a new culture, a new environment, a new locker room. It will be interesting to see what transpires from here. One thing is certain. The NFL locker room could be seeing significant changes in the future.