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Two weeks later, NFL and players remain quiet about Wells report

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Two weeks ago, the 144-page Ted Wells report landed in the collective laps of the football-following world.

Since then, the Dolphins have fired offensive line coach Jim Turner and head trainer Kevin O’Neill.  As to the three players accused of wrongdoing in the report, there has been nothing.

No discipline from the league.  No discipline from the team.  Not even a statement of any kind from the players, but for Richie Incognito’s initial Twitter rant in the wake of the issuance of the report.

Richie Incognito’s lawyer, Mark Schamel, promptly issued a statement claiming that the Wells report is “replete with errors,” and explaining that “[w]e are analyzing the entire report and will release a thorough analysis as soon as it is ready.”

It’s been two weeks.  Where’s the thorough analysis of the plethora of errors in the report?

Mike Pouncey and John Jerry have said even less.  Pouncey supposedly is “distraught.”  Presumably, he could gather himself enough in the last 14 days either to express disagreement with the findings of the report that relate to him or to acknowledge his role and apologize for it.

Pouncey’s silence isn’t really a surprise.  He said nothing at all after his birthday-party misadventures with a “Free Hernandez” hat, even though Pouncey’s twin brother, Maurice, apologized for it.

Still, at a certain point Pouncey’s silence becomes an admission.

The NFL likewise has done nothing.  Delays often arise from the league’s desire to investigate the situation.  In this case, the investigation has been performed, at the NFL’s behest.

The league possibly is waiting for the right lull in the calendar to announce news of player discipline.  Actually, the best day for that could be today; two years ago on the first Friday in March, the league first disclosed via a late-afternoon bad-news dump the Saints bounty scandal.

If the NFL is going to discipline Incognito, Pouncey, and/or Jerry, maybe it’ll happen today.  The longer it lingers, the stranger it all seems.

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19 Responses to “Two weeks later, NFL and players remain quiet about Wells report”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Feb 28, 2014 11:07 AM

    I still don’t fully understand the purpose or see the value of the Wells Report. I still think Ross should have skipped all of this and handled it a different way with a specialist that was specifically charged with helping him and his team as the top focus in addition to finding a more subtle and less official way of obtaining answers/information.

    But obviously that porpoise got gutted early because Ross had no idea what to do or how to fill that toxic blowhole.

  2. fromfresnowithindifference says: Feb 28, 2014 11:09 AM

    Maurice? Really?

  3. mkelley818 says: Feb 28, 2014 11:30 AM

    Trolio has mistaken him for the Space Cowboy…

  4. bostonian13 says: Feb 28, 2014 11:31 AM

    Media must be mad as hell.

  5. FinFan68 says: Feb 28, 2014 11:37 AM

    Incognito has already been punished for the “bullying” of a 6″5″ 315 lbs “NFL offensive lineman”

  6. vaphinfan says: Feb 28, 2014 11:45 AM

    #1 Philbin probably doesn’t want them talking. #2 The Wells report supposedly full of holes and fiction so noone inlcuding Goodell has any idea what’s true and not true so they don’t know how punish them. I imagine the players will get a 4 game suspension (probably the same as ray rice) and it will be finished.

  7. cliverush says: Feb 28, 2014 11:49 AM

    The value of the report lies in the fact that football players are still held to the laws and social norms that the rest of society is. The practice of intimidation and verbal abuse in order to motivate a player are now subject to exposure to the public. Give the players time to adjust before passing judgement but continue to press the team’s coaches and front office people for accountability.

  8. markdartj says: Feb 28, 2014 11:50 AM

    “The media must be mad as hell”….and they’re not going to take it any more!

  9. laxcoach37 says: Feb 28, 2014 11:59 AM

    That is because it was a Sham! The whole thing was contrived by a weak minded subpar Tackle. It was then backed by the NFL and Dolphins doing something to appease the Media and Public. For the record, I just read a few comments by players in the last few days that stated the Wells Report is full of exaggeration and hypothesis and these players flat out deny it happened that way. So, No, it has not be quiet, just Not what the Media wants the public to hear. Players cited were Clabo, McDonald, Berger, Jerry, Pouncey and Denney.

  10. hurricanes88 says: Feb 28, 2014 12:35 PM

    Nothing has been said by any of the parties…

    That is good and that is the way it should be. Let the Dolphons attend to their issues privately. Let the other teams address any issues they think they might have in privacy.

    The fans, the teams and the league – but especially the players – have all had enough of this. The only ones wanting more noise are the media…

    Let’s get back to football.

  11. thelastpieceofcheese says: Feb 28, 2014 12:43 PM

    Bryant McKinnie. Andrew McDonald. John Denney, Tyson Clabo, Jon Jerry, Nick Buoniconti, and Ryan Tannehill have already condemned the report..

  12. jdphx says: Feb 28, 2014 12:58 PM

    This is my other brother Darrel…

  13. sclazo says: Feb 28, 2014 1:09 PM

    A report full of lies. Two people have been fired and Incognito was suspended for half a season already. What’s with the witch hunt? Let is die already because nothing is more pathetic than a 6’5 320 man crying about being bullied when he himself was doing the so called bullying also.

  14. mogogo1 says: Feb 28, 2014 1:19 PM

    The report serves the purpose of showing the NFL is doing “something” even though there is zero desire from any team to change anything.

    They’ll let the Dolphins, Incognito and the rest be vilified for a while, pretend no other locker room before has ever seen crude jokes, bad language, or guys being pushed around, then it will be back to business as usual.

  15. tavisteelersfan says: Feb 28, 2014 1:19 PM

    psst. … heh … remember the assistant trainer … word to the wise … it is the key to this story … how that plays out will be definative in whether the Dolphins were a gong show, unmanaged bunch of buffoons … or not.

  16. drgreenstreak says: Feb 28, 2014 1:28 PM

    This was out of the Dolphins hands from the beginning.

  17. fmc651 says: Feb 28, 2014 2:12 PM

    You have a Head Coach that took zero responsibility for allowing this to not only happen but to continue. He should have been fired. He is in over is head.Then look at the guys on this team Incognito,Pouncey McKinney and so on too many losers no wonder they aren’t winnning games.

  18. getsome99 says: Feb 28, 2014 2:17 PM

    Good for Pouncey. I see no reason for him to respond to an “independent” investigation that basically revealed nothing but a bunch of drama centered around an entitled social outcast who self-inflicted “bullying” from his teammates. If the team or NFL wants to take action, he can respond then. The Wells reports was nothing more than a ‘he-said she-said’ gossip story.

  19. vicvinegar00 says: Feb 28, 2014 7:59 PM

    Absolutely no reason to respond, and you’d think an ex-attorney would realize why he wouldn’t. There is no upside for him.

    Fans ultimately don’t care, so it will be about his agent convincing team management in the future that he isn’t some sort of locker room problem.

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