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Ted Wells asks Dolphins to delay meeting with Jonathan Martin

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So far, its appears that independent investigator Ted Wells has true independence.

With Dolphins owner Stephen Ross planning to meet with Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin on Wednesday and Martin planning to be interviewed by Wells on Friday, Wells has done what a truly independent investigator should have done:  He asked the Dolphins to stand down.

“Ted Wells and the NFL have asked that we delay our meeting with Jonathan Martin, until they have the opportunity to meet with him first,” Dolphins president and CEO Tom Garfinkel tells PFT.  “Out of deference to the process, we will cooperate with their request.

“We look forward to meeting with Jonathan Martin as soon as possible.”

It’s a smart move for all concerned.  As Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald explained it during Tuesday’s PFT Live, Ross wants to find out what happened.  Conducting the interview of Martin before Martin is interviewed by Wells potentially undermines the independent investigation.

It’s unclear when the Dolphins will meet with Martin.  Given that Wells may need to meet a second time (or more) with Martin, the most prudent course would be to defer any meeting with Martin until Wells has completed that fact-gathering phase of his investigation.

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  1. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 12, 2013 3:39 PM

    “The public was onto me”

    - stephen ross

  2. cappa662 says: Nov 12, 2013 3:40 PM

    If he is reporting to Roger Goodell, I highly doubt is is independent. Should have hired Louis Freeh.

  3. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 12, 2013 3:40 PM

    Well the problem here is why Ross jumped the gun to call Goodell and ask for his help and to set up this whole “independent” investigation. The guys on his new committee probably will recommend to him to go back in time and keep things in-house.

    Ask and ye shall receive, better hope this Ted Wells doesn’t have a competing agenda or conflict of interest that intersects with what Ross personally wants for himself and his franchise.

    Good luck with that, but I wouldn’t be too happy about having one of Roger Goodell’s suits come by my place of business to tell me what went wrong and how I was at fault and what he thinks about the situation in any event. I’m not so sure I’m interested in reading the Wells report. If you want to have him do his own thing then that’s fine, but we here at Miami have things under control and we aren’t waiting around for you and we are going to do our own thing.

    Heck, our internal report can make Mr. Wells’ job a lot easier, here we did pretty much everything for you, but have at it if you got anything else you feel like sniffing around for.

  4. thepftpoet says: Nov 12, 2013 3:41 PM

    Jonathan Martin could probably start at QB for the Green Bay Packers

  5. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 12, 2013 3:43 PM

    Dangerously good NFL crony lawyer ted wells wants a shot at Martin first (with the hope that well crafted questions on record will trip up the young lineman to help make the NFL’s case better (if Martin chooses to sue the NFL).

  6. stoolerz says: Nov 12, 2013 3:45 PM

    I hope Incognito sues the crap out of the Dolphins after the report comes out.

  7. onlysane1intheroom says: Nov 12, 2013 3:46 PM

    Why would he need to meet with Martin more than once, even twice? Oh right, to get Martin’s story straight.

  8. wheresmyjuice says: Nov 12, 2013 3:50 PM

    This independent investigator can’t do it until Friday? Oh sure buddy take your time. It’s not like the Dolphins o-line issues aren’t torpedoing the team’s season. How about getting in there and doing the interview now-ish?

  9. yaryers says: Nov 12, 2013 3:52 PM

    See what you have to deal with now, Tom Garfinkel? You should have never left your cushy job with the Padres.

  10. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 12, 2013 3:55 PM

    I hope the maker of the golf club that was used to assault that woman sues richie incognito.

  11. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 12, 2013 3:55 PM

    Ok I’ll paraphrase for a different piece of advice:

    If you are having trouble in the household, it’s probably not the best idea to make your first action sending an engraved invitation to Consultant Dracula with explicit permission to enter your home.

    Try again, please!

  12. vontazemebro says: Nov 12, 2013 3:56 PM

    Wrestlers used to wrestle, not stand on huge stages yelling at each other. I stopped watching.

    Football players used to play football…

  13. nesportsfan0428 says: Nov 12, 2013 3:56 PM

    This whole story is becoming exceedingly surreal.

    In the final outcome, there will be no winners. The NFL, Martin, Incognito and the Dolphins will all lose.

  14. phinatic29 says: Nov 12, 2013 4:03 PM

    Woody Allen tried to pull the wool over Wells’ eyes.

  15. danoj14 says: Nov 12, 2013 4:04 PM

    thepftpoet says:
    Nov 12, 2013 3:41 PM
    Jonathan Martin could probably start at QB for the Green Bay Packers

    ————————————————————–

    So could Stephen Ross

  16. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 12, 2013 4:07 PM

    roger goodell isn’t Kenesaw Mountain Landis

    roger goodell IS bud selig with a better haircut and suit

  17. dietrich43 says: Nov 12, 2013 4:11 PM

    Wells is such a bully!

  18. mickton says: Nov 12, 2013 4:12 PM

    I wonder If Mr Steven Ross can do the PEEWEE HERMAN dance.

  19. humptyfratz says: Nov 12, 2013 4:13 PM

    danoj14 says: Nov 12, 2013 4:04 PM

    thepftpoet says:
    Nov 12, 2013 3:41 PM
    Jonathan Martin could probably start at QB for the Green Bay Packers

    ————————————————————–

    So could Stephen Ross

    _____________________________________________________________

    So could Betsy Ross.

  20. jiggy1971 says: Nov 12, 2013 4:17 PM

    It’s appropriate. I would love to be a fly on the wall to hear the BS coming from Martin’s mouth.

  21. nyjetsfan08 says: Nov 12, 2013 4:20 PM

    Ohhhhh! Burrneeed!

    I’ll say this. Incognito is still a meat head and there is no doubt that Dolphins locker room is dysfunctional. And that’s not from me, a no-name fan, but that’s from every former and current NFL player. The fact that Incognito, with all his troubles, is the leader of that locker room is a big problem. He is probably gone now.

    Mike Golic did say some players do hold meetings at strip clubs, it happens, but holding it against players not to attend by fining them goes too far.

    So, forget about Incognito. This whole Martin-Incognito is one story. But it opened the pandora’s box into the other bigger story: The hazing and use of the N-word in the locker room. There will probably be new rules drafted to curb or eliminate certain, or perhaps all, types of hazing in all NFL locker rooms.

  22. anicra says: Nov 12, 2013 4:22 PM

    Attorneys, the scourge of the USA

  23. ezwriter69 says: Nov 12, 2013 4:23 PM

    So get off your ass and interview him, what’s keeping you? Get on a plane, whatever it takes, do your interview, and get this idiotic mess resolved, at least from the league’s standpoint… why has it taken THIS long, much less putting it off until Friday? What does that gain the league, by keeping this thing going like the Energizer rabbit? Stand aside, Ross, and let the bureaucratic bs ooze along… how awful of you to want to deal with the thing NOW.

  24. frank booth says: Nov 12, 2013 4:27 PM

    I would love to be a fly on the wall with Incognito and his teammates and hear all of the BS come out of his mouth.

  25. jonbeck316 says: Nov 12, 2013 4:29 PM

    I agree with Ted Wells. This story needs to drag out as long as possible.
    I love watching the Dolphins twist in the wind!

  26. apkyletexas says: Nov 12, 2013 4:29 PM

    Question #1 – At what point prior to the McKinnie trade did Jim Harbaugh call you and tell you that if you could wriggle out of your Miami contract, he’d bring you back home to Northern California and give you a good job on his o-line?

    Question #2 – At what point in your conversations with Jim Harbaugh did he describe Incognito as “a perfectly placed fool” to blame for “bullying” in order to get you free from your Miami contract?

  27. doggeatdogg says: Nov 12, 2013 4:30 PM

    I’m OK with that. Last thing Ross needs is Martin telling investigators he felt pressure to present a different story to them. Ross needs to keep doing what he has been doing: maintaining some distance until the full investigation is completed. He can then go to Martin and tell him he did not want to influence him or the investigation one way or another. After that news yesterday conference, good call.

  28. arwiv says: Nov 12, 2013 4:32 PM

    Lets be honest here….the fact that none of these clowns “knows whats going on” at this point speaks to the nonsense known as the “process”. Thank God that people who actually have to produce in order to get paid, aka those of us who are not lawyers, still make up the vast majority of this world. How in the world this guy Martim hasn’t been contacted and deposed by this point makes absolutely zero sense.

  29. aintasinner says: Nov 12, 2013 4:39 PM

    It could be worse; Roger could decide the outcome of the investigation before he gets an “independent” investigator like he did with the Saints last year. At least he is keeping his mouth shut about this situation and letting someone else check things out. Of course, if he utilizes any members of that crack team he used for Bountygate, the Dolphins are screwed. The investigation results will say what Roger wants it to say. If bullying is his new cause du jour, the Dolphins, even those not involved, and their fans will pay dearly. It’s just what he does.

  30. promickey says: Nov 12, 2013 4:40 PM

    Ross most likely already knows what happened. This is not a guy who waits for answers. Ross just wants the NFL to validate his findings and then fire those that led to this embarrassing situation.

  31. vegasdestroyer says: Nov 12, 2013 4:41 PM

    ESPN is now questioning why there is “so much furor in the Miami case without knowing all the details.”

    Jay Bilass’ head just exploded.

  32. lingsun54 says: Nov 12, 2013 4:43 PM

    doctorrustbelt says:
    Nov 12, 2013 4:07 PM
    roger goodell isn’t Kenesaw Mountain Landis

    roger goodell IS bud selig with a better haircut and suit

    ——————————
    Bud Selig has no authority. The owners can’t challenge the players. The NFL is different. The owners have more authority than in any other pro sport. It’s obvious that Goodell is at the mercy of several competing factions within the NFL ownership. He’s all for player safety but can’t suspend plays sufficiently for helmet to helmet hits, for example.

  33. jimbo75025 says: Nov 12, 2013 4:47 PM

    I still have seen little to move me off my thoughts from a week ago-Martin wanted off the Fins and he and his lawyers thought the whole situation would be quiet and expedient and now the story has gotten away from him. In the end, everybody inolved will lose and Martins career is all but over-the amount of smack opponents would talk to him now guarantees that/

  34. billsfan1 says: Nov 12, 2013 4:47 PM

    Jonathan Martin could probably start at QB for the Green Bay Packers

    ————————————————————–

    So could Stephen Ross

    They both may want to replace Tannehill while they are at it

  35. coachbeck says: Nov 12, 2013 5:00 PM

    Please start fining this quitter for refusing to show up to work.

    What a deadbeat

  36. hehateme2 says: Nov 12, 2013 5:04 PM

    billsfan1 says: Nov 12, 2013 4:47 PM

    Jonathan Martin could probably start at QB for the Green Bay Packers————————————————————–
    So could Stephen Ross-
    They both may want to replace Tannehill while they are at it

    That’s precious coming from a bills fan. I’d worry about your own rookie.

  37. dpdonny says: Nov 12, 2013 5:06 PM

    lingsun54 says:
    Nov 12, 2013 4:43 PM
    Bud Selig has no authority. The owners can’t challenge the players. The NFL is different. The owners have more authority than in any other pro sport. …

    Ain’t that the truth! Stephen Drew just declined a qualifying offer from the Red Sox for $14.1M. That’s pretty close to top 10 paid in the NFL….for a mediocre player. Heck, that’s what Brady will make this year.

  38. harrisonhits2 says: Nov 12, 2013 5:07 PM

    wheresmyjuice says:

    This independent investigator can’t do it until Friday? Oh sure buddy take your time. It’s not like the Dolphins o-line issues aren’t torpedoing the team’s season. How about getting in there and doing the interview now-ish?
    _________________

    Quite possibly he has a life other than, you know, cleaning up the Miami mess.

    And the Fins Oline was awful even with Incognito and Martin playing, their lack of being there means little. Miami needs to spend at least their top 2 or 3 draft picks on Olinemen, plus find someone decent in the FA market if they want to go anywhere next year.

    It doesn’t matter how good the QB is or the skill position players if the QB rarely has time to work.

    Look at Brady. He used to take care of his Oline by making sure when he got a TV commercial that they were also in it and made something extra that way. The smart teams start with the Oline and worry about everything else but the QB later.

  39. purple28mvp says: Nov 12, 2013 5:16 PM

    apkyletexas says: Nov 12, 2013 4:29 PM

    Question #1 – At what point prior to the McKinnie trade did Jim Harbaugh call you and tell you that if you could wriggle out of your Miami contract, he’d bring you back home to Northern California and give you a good job on his o-line?

    Question #2 – At what point in your conversations with Jim Harbaugh did he describe Incognito as “a perfectly placed fool” to blame for “bullying” in order to get you free from your Miami contract?

    When did Mckinnie play for the 49 ers?

    John is the coach for the Ravens-Meathead-

  40. chawk12thman says: Nov 12, 2013 5:16 PM

    Delay! How about the Independent Investigator’s start meeting with Martin ASAP and get this taken care of soon? This is dragging on way too long. Just do it now………

    Teams can get a player to work out for them on one side of the country and then the next day, he works out with another…..Sign a contract and be on the practice field the next day. Sitting down with Martin and all other parties after over a week seems to be an unneccessary delay, given that all parties are still “employees” of the team.

    Lets move this forward and move on, already.

  41. makimaguro says: Nov 12, 2013 5:39 PM

    Not sure who to side with in all of this. I will say, in defense of Ross: If I’ve paid an employee Millions of dollars and he won’t even return a call or meet with me – I’d be ticked!

  42. kwjsb says: Nov 12, 2013 5:46 PM

    Nice,
    Still investigating a playground “Bullying” thing between 2-300lb tough guys.

    Yet you have film of a Raven choking a Brown ON YOUR FIELD and you do nothing.

  43. hbegley6672 says: Nov 12, 2013 6:09 PM

    Please answer one question… What job have any of us ever had, have now, or will have where you can walk away from it. Not show up for 2 weeks… Not speak with your boss for 2 weeks and still have that job? Not a victim

  44. thetooloftools says: Nov 12, 2013 6:10 PM

    THIS needed to be done. No need for Martin to meet with anyone until he is heard by the NFL’s top officials. Goodell should be be there and meet Martin before the hearing for support, but not go into he meeting as to “not taint the pool” but to show moral support for his voice, whatever he says.
    What crisis in the NFL is more important then this right now?
    He has no excuse not to show this man serious respect.

  45. harrycanyon says: Nov 12, 2013 6:12 PM

    Put Incognito and Martin in a boxing ring, and let them fight it out. Then move on. Every day that this drags out, the dumber the league looks.

  46. mackcarrington says: Nov 12, 2013 6:15 PM

    I don’t know about this. Something doesn’t seem right about the league telling an owner that he can’t talk to one of his own employees.

  47. daviddmsvcp says: Nov 12, 2013 6:34 PM

    Looks like the NFL has become a soap opera.

  48. bencoates57 says: Nov 12, 2013 6:43 PM

    Hannah-Barbera is meeting with top Phins execs to hammer out a plan for an animated show.

    Saturday mornings just got a whole lot better.

  49. longdrive2011 says: Nov 12, 2013 8:10 PM

    Friday? How about tomorrow at 8am? He either wants to play football or he wants to play litigant. Is it really any surprise his parents are attorneys?

  50. rajbais says: Nov 12, 2013 8:26 PM

    How about Goodell calling the whole thing off?

    It’s going to be overblown regardless of the salaciousness of the revelations.

  51. doggeatdogg says: Nov 12, 2013 9:40 PM

    The reason why Goodell and the NFL have been publicly quiet is because this incident spilled outside the NFL galaxy and they simply don’t have the playbook to handle it.

    They know a mis-step can get Ross and by association the NFL sued to the hilt. It’s not like the Dolphin locker room is dissimilar to the 31 other. So caution is the only play and Martin and his people know it although it’s doubtful they meant to napalm the Dolphins/League.

    They have one shot to dig up stuff on Everybody including the GM. Dismiss a bunch at the end of the season. Nobody escapes clean. Martin may be victim to a certain extent but if he thinks he can regulate speech and tough guy behavior (that is not bullying obviously) in the NFL he may consider retiring. What’s he going to do when some DE tells him he’s going to do xyz to his sister.

    If they are smart they call it a draw and come up with some stringent guidelines on player behavior and workplace policies to be added to the current player contract.

  52. beachsidejames says: Nov 12, 2013 11:25 PM

    So much over the top bad behavior by players. Like Suh stomping a defenceless player, Brandon Marshall beating his wife, the Cardinals player dui and killing a guy crossing the street, Pac Man, Big Ben, the Ray Lewis and others. All still played. Everyone wants to run Incognito out of the league and destroy the Dolphins team over bad language between two guys texting each other? And the unemployed golf hole monitor who file a police report 2 days later. Not one named eye witness.

  53. beachsidejames says: Nov 12, 2013 11:27 PM

    If Martin did not want to play for this Dolphin team just ask to be traded.

  54. lawyermalloy says: Nov 13, 2013 6:43 AM

    If Martin truly has plans to sue the Dolphins AND the NFL, and it appears he will; why would his attorney, David Cornwell, allow the meeting to begin with. At this point, a meeting with NFL attorneys is tantamount to “free discovery” which Cornwell should argue against.
    While the press and the public are dying to hear Martin’s side of things, I just don’t see a benefit from a litigation perspective.

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