If you’re looking for something more than broad brushes or bare bones about the Jonathan Martin situation, pull up a chair, grab a beverage, and click the link on the story from Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald regarding the Jonathan Martin case.
Chock (unfortunately typo narrowly avoid, seriously) full of details about Martin’s allegations and the Ted Wells investigation, it’s worth a close study.
Center Mike Pouncey continues to emerge as a central figure in the case. The alleged physical attack mentioned in David Cornwell’s fireball statement from earlier this month occurred, per Jackson, at Pouncey’s home.
Also, Pouncey apparently was the Jeff to Incognito’s Mutt (another timely reference), with Pouncey providing a “live laugh track” as Incognito teased/harassed/whatever teammates.
As Wells tries to get to the truth, some Dolphins players may be circling the wagons. One player who was the subject of frequent teasing from Incognito entered his meeting with Wells reluctant to implicate Incognito.
Here’s the problem, from the players’ perspective. For most if not all of them, this is the first time they’ve been involved in a situation like this. For Ted Wells and his team (Jackson reports two others were with him for the interviews), it’s not their initial crack at trying to get to the truth when the folks expected to provide the truth may be reluctant to tell the truth, or motivated to tell untruths.
Good lawyers have thick and reliable crap filters. If players are lying to Wells, he’ll sniff it out. The question will be whether he can find hard evidence to prove that folks aren’t telling the truth, or whether his final report will entail Wells sifting through conflicting opinions and drawing conclusions about which version of the truth is the right one.
Juries do it all the time, without training or experience. Wells has the skill and the background to sort it all out. It’s safe to say that, regardless of his conclusions, some of the folks involved will claim he got it wrong.