Mt. Incognito has not yet erupted on Twitter. (Eventually, we suspect it will.)
For now, the first comments from Dolphins guard Richie Incognito have come from his lawyer, Mark Schamel.
“Mr. Wells’ NFL report is replete with errors,” Schamel said in a statement issued to PFT. “The facts do not support a conclusion that Jonathan Martin’s mental health, drug use, or on-field performance issues were related to the treatment by his teammates.
“It is disappointing that Mr. Wells would have gotten it so wrong, but not surprising. The truth, as reported by the Dolphins players and as shown by the evidence, is that Jonathan Martin was never bullied by Richie Incognito or any member of the Dolphins Offensive line. We are analyzing the entire report and will release a thorough analysis as soon as it is ready.”
The reference to “drug use” is intriguing, especially since the text messages exchanged by Martin and Incognito included Martin explaining that he would not be using drugs for the rest of the season. Did witnesses discuss with Wells drug use by Martin or others? If so, why did Wells leave that out of the report?
It could be a not-so-subtle nuclear option by Incognito, on par with his decision to share via Twitter on Wednesday the news that Martin had told Incognito during May 2013 that he was having suicidal thoughts. At some point, Incognito could reveal more evidence about drug use by Martin, which could end up ensnaring other Dolphins players, too.