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Report: Martin will meet with Wells next week


In his Thursday night statement, lawyer David Cornwell said that Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin will cooperate fully with the NFL’s investigation.

This obviously means Martin will meet with NFL investigator Ted Wells.  According to the Associated Press, the meeting will occur late next week in Los Angeles.

This is a common occurrence in any situation involving alleged workplace misconduct.  The investigator talks to all witnesses, reviews email messages or other electronic communications, and then follows up with witnesses as needed and, in many cases, expands the investigation based on information obtained.

In this specific case, the broader question is whether Wells will expand the investigation beyond the Miami locker room.  Anecdotal evidence has flooded the media this week from current and former players talking about their own experiences with locker room hazing/bullying/harassment.  And it’s widely expected that the ultimate outcome will entail changes that sweep well beyond South Florida.

So will Wells and the NFL go down the rabbit hole and explore how widespread the problem is?  Or will the NFL and Wells plug the rabbit hole with cement (Bountygate-style), mete out discipline in Miami and only in Miami, and warn everyone else going forward that whatever has been happening in any other locker rooms needs to stop, or else.

Given that this entire episode will be playing out in the public eye — and that the report from Wells that will be made public — we’d be shocked if Wells ultimately issues a broad indictment of the culture of professional football.

Even if his investigation would suggest that such an indictment is warranted.

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28 Responses to “Report: Martin will meet with Wells next week”
  1. wryly1 says: Nov 9, 2013 10:08 AM

    What will come out of this is that there will be put in place, a set of workplace standards that are consistent with every other workplace – with no special exemptions for meathead athletes. Neither Ireland nor Philbin nor Incognito nor Martin will be there when it happens.

  2. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Nov 9, 2013 10:09 AM

    Why isn’t the NFLPA doing its own investigation???

    Useless organization…

  3. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 9, 2013 10:12 AM

    … and the covert negotiations masquerading as an investigation (to prevent getting sued) begins.

  4. green41563 says: Nov 9, 2013 10:12 AM

    Martin’s doubtful for week 11 with sprained feelings.

  5. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 9, 2013 10:26 AM

    Philbin will be the only survivor.

  6. moerawn says: Nov 9, 2013 10:31 AM

    Best way to stop a bully is start swinging. Sorry, I know that doesn’t mesh with America 2013.

  7. primenumber19 says: Nov 9, 2013 10:45 AM

    For all the people who advocate Martin swing I was just wondering what the think if prison, I have never been but obviously they have

  8. kona8190 says: Nov 9, 2013 10:48 AM

    Martin should be put on IR and allow the team to move on. It appears this is his way of handling the issue. Most would have done it differently but he is assembled without directions and made this all about him.

  9. kona8190 says: Nov 9, 2013 10:49 AM

    Martin had the perfect instrument to pull this off, Incognito and he worked his plan well.

  10. totallyuselessme says: Nov 9, 2013 10:51 AM

    I’m reading all this talk about linemen needing to be jerks to be good linemen and I want to just take this moment to say that it’s a load of crap.

    Incognito’s biggest asset on the OLine if you listen to anybody about this is that he’s a jerk. He’s nasty and it makes him a better player or whatever. The Dolphins’ OLine is better with him on it because of that, supposedly.

    But let’s look at the recent greats on the OLine and see how that measures up.
    Is Alan Faneca a hothead racist jerk? No.
    Is Steve Hutchinson a hothead racist jerk? No.
    Is Jonathan Ogden a hothead racist jerk?” No.
    Is Joe Thomas a hothead racist jerk? No.

    Conclusion: Being nasty on the field has nothing to do with being a prick to your teammates. If Incognito made his team better it’s because he had good technique, not because he was a jerk.

  11. edgington1450 says: Nov 9, 2013 10:59 AM

    Next the NFL will try to incorporate “stress cards” like the military tried a few years back. When they get too stressed or their feelings hurt, they can use a card and have a timeout… Did wonders for the military *rolls eyes*..

  12. vikingapologist says: Nov 9, 2013 11:01 AM

    @ green! Made me laugh! Well done!

  13. redrew says: Nov 9, 2013 11:01 AM

    If a veteran player tried to stick me with his $30 dinner bill I’d tell him to shove it long and deep. A $30,000 dinner bill???? A rookie subsidizing these veterans’ expensive wine bills….criminal. Martin needs to go all the way….File suits vs the NFL, Miami, and these drunken vets that extorted these huge amounts of cash from the naive rookies. These guys acted as predators.

  14. edgington1450 says: Nov 9, 2013 11:11 AM

    @Redrew – I dont see your point in why Martin should go all the way against the NFL, Miami…..If he is stupid enough to pay 30k for others meals, that is on him. If he gets kicked off the team because he didnt pay, then i can understand going all the way. I doubt they had a gun to his head. Hes a grown man, im sure he can say “no” to the bill. If i were him, i would have said no, paid my own bill, then left.

  15. c1md6 says: Nov 9, 2013 11:14 AM

    I think Martin needs to toughen up

  16. promickey says: Nov 9, 2013 11:20 AM

    Clearly no other franchise could be as dysfunctional, dumb and just plain bad as the Miami Dolphins. This has been so since owner Wayne Huizenga fired Don Shula.

  17. annes22 says: Nov 9, 2013 11:25 AM

    The NFL is not a bunch of choir boys so anyone who thinks they are “dream on”.
    Just sort it out and move on, it’s got very boring this week. It’s all he said “she” said for goodness sake.
    There are some games this week, although you wouldn’t think so. Everyone has stuck their finger in the pie, and practically no one has a clue what happened. The only people who know are Incognito, Martin and the Dolphins. Everyone else is guessing!!!

  18. eatitfanboy says: Nov 9, 2013 11:47 AM

    Late next week? How about today?

    Wonderful. So glad to hear this drama is going to be dragged out at least another week. Supreme Court cases have been decided quicker than anyone seems to be getting to the bottom of what happened here.

    What is the point of this investigation? No one has denied that this stuff goes on. Incognito got carried away, Martin is a little more sensitive than the average player. These are the only two things this “investigation” will “determine”, and everyone on earth already knows them.

    Have the league issue a statement that moving forward bullying won’t be tolerated, make a finite determination on how long Incognito’s suspension (I would say two games total should do it), tell Martin to take all the time he needs, and be done with it.

    I’m not trying to downplay the severity of what happened- a two game suspension without pay is a pretty strong penalty considering what players get for trying to kill other players on the field- but this investigation dragging on and on and on is not going to change anything and keeping this in the spotlight is certainly NOT helping Martin.

  19. nflgreedleague says: Nov 9, 2013 12:10 PM

    Who’d like to bet that the next time Martin suits up and plays in this league the D-linemen going against him are going to berate him with some nasty stuff.
    Does anyone really believe that the language used in that voice mail doesn’t reoccur on the field every single week? Martin’s motives are really at the heart of this debate and hopefully the investigation
    will reveal that. “Oh no I got demoted to RT and now I’ll be taking a huge pay cut on my next contract”
    Just my guess.

  20. kona8190 says: Nov 9, 2013 12:14 PM

    This is what you get when inmates who have million dollar check books get together.
    I’m sure nothing like this is done on Wall Street or any other Major Corp. BS

  21. reddolfan66 says: Nov 9, 2013 12:36 PM

    I hope he doesn’t bully Martin during the interview…

  22. rwt37 says: Nov 9, 2013 12:48 PM

    Did Martin ever approach igno and tell him he didn’t approve of what he is accused of doing before he jetted? Even if Martin thought it wouldn’t help I don’t see where he tried. Igno didn’t think what he was doing was wrong absent of Martin letting him know. To just bolt is not the only peaceful solution. That’s why igno feels betrayed and that this could have been solved long time ago. I have to think Martin might be feeling bad for creating this mess instead of attempting to address it peacefully internally first. If something to the contrary comes out showing he earnestly attempted and failed then I will better understand.

  23. dt58 says: Nov 9, 2013 1:15 PM

    “Who’d like to bet that the next time Martin suits up and plays in this league the D-linemen going against him are going to berate him with some nasty stuff.”

    I don’t think that he’ll get another shot. Right now I think he’d be about as good for the teams chemestry as T.O. but with much less talent. If he ever does get another shot, nobody will say anything around him other than “good morning” and “nice day out there”. He will never be trusted again.

  24. redrew says: Nov 9, 2013 1:37 PM

    “”@Redrew – I dont see your point in why Martin should go all the way against the NFL, Miami…..If he is stupid enough to pay 30k for others meals, that is on him. If he gets kicked off the team because he didnt pay, then i can understand going all the way. I doubt they had a gun to his head. Hes a grown man, im sure he can say “no” to the bill. If i were him, i would have said no, paid my own bill, then left.””

    Teams have created an environment where veterans are allowed to have excessive power/control over rookies. Fault Martin for not standing up for himself then…but don’t fault him for standing up for himself now. He has chosen to make his stand and I suspect the NFL will be siding with him going forward

  25. whoisferg says: Nov 9, 2013 1:46 PM

    Nice take eatitfanboy. I love the simplicity of your plan. This whole thing has been overblown by a media hurricane. Give Richie 2 games, put Martin on IR. Let’s play some football.

  26. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 9, 2013 2:04 PM

    They should have sent Indiana Jones. He’d go investigate that rabbit hole and find the truth.

  27. nflgreedleague says: Nov 9, 2013 2:27 PM


    I thought about that before I commented but I have little doubt that he’ll be given a chance probably in SF w/ Harbaugh. But I agree that his career will never amount to much due in large part to the point you made about being liked or trusted in the locker room. He also lacks the talent to play LT and so I think his strategy is to make more in a law suit.
    But lets all feel sorry for him because the media said so.

  28. ohnoflorio says: Nov 9, 2013 3:33 PM

    At the end of the day, all this stuff is very simple:

    Incognito is an absolute jerk & likely completely out of control — but on the other hand, Martin is NOT cut out for the nfl & he is VERY soft. He didn’t stand up for himself bc he was scared of incognito. This wouldn’t be an issue if Miami had leaders in that locker room.

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