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Default Re: T Johnathan Martin headed for NFI list, may never return to the Dolphins

Wells Report:

After a thorough examination of the facts, we conclude that three starters
on the Dolphins offensive line, Richie Incognito, John Jerry and Mike Pouncey, engaged
in a pattern of harassment directed at not only Martin, but also another young Dolphins
offensive lineman, whom we refer to as Player A for confidentiality reasons, and a
member of the training staff, whom we refer to as the Assistant Trainer. We find that the
Assistant Trainer repeatedly was targeted with racial slurs and other racially derogatory
language. Player A frequently was subjected to homophobic name-calling and improper
physical touching.
Martin was taunted on a persistent basis with sexually explicit
remarks about his sister and his mother and at times ridiculed with racial insults and other
offensive comments
These text messages also corroborate Martin’s claims that he viewed his
teammates’ taunting as unwanted and that he was distraught over his failure to challenge
them. His parents’ worried responses show that they recognized that their son was
experiencing significant psychological turmoil.

On April 22, 2013, Martin wrote to his mother:
I figured out a major source of my anxiety. I’m a push over,
a people pleaser. I avoid confrontation whenever I can, I
always want everyone to like me. I let people talk about
me, say anything to my face, and I just take it, laugh it off,
even when I know they are intentionally trying to
disrespect me. I mostly blame the soft schools I went to,
which fostered within me a feeling that I’m a huge pu$$y,
as I never got into fights. I used to get verbally bullied
every day in middle school and high school, by kids that
are half my size. I would never fight back, just get sad &
feel like no one wanted to be my friend, when in fact I was
just being socially awkward. Most people in that situation
are witty & quick with sarcastic replies, I never have been.
I’m awkward around people a lot of the time because I
simply don’t know how to act around them . . .
Shortly thereafter, Martin’s mother responded:
My first thought is that I am glad you wrote this down as a
way to start figuring it out. There are people in the world
with their own insecurities and they tend to be bullies and
confront people. Dealing with them can be a challenge. I
think when you feel really good about yourself they won’t

bother you as much because you won’t let them define you.
This fits into wanting to please and be liked. Some people
out there are not worth it. W e do live in a bubble. Financial
professional success is sheltering. W hich is both good and
bad. I think the NFL has a disproportionate share of people
who are obscure but masking it with aggression. Your
profession is really difficult with measurement and
evaluation every week. So we need to build up you liking
you. This is where some professional help would be good.
They can help you structure your thoughts. And that whole
brain chemistry thing is real. You may need some
additional seratonin. . . .
Martin, however, seemed unconvinced that his mother’s suggested
solutions would be sufficient to alleviate his anguish. The same day, he wrote to her:
I care about my legacy as a professional athlete. But I’m
miserable currently. A therapist & medication won’t help
me gain the respect of my teammates. I really don’t know
what to do Mom
On April 29, 2013, Martin sent the following message to his father, which
included a reference to the dinner in Fort Lauderdale where Martin says Incognito had
called him a “nword” and a complaint about insults concerning his sister:
People call me a nword to my face. Happened 2 days ago.
And I laughed it off. Because I am too nice of a person.
They say terrible things about my sister. I don’t do
anything. I suppose it’s white private school conditioning,
turning the other cheek
Martin’s father responded:
They think nword is okay because black people use it. Tell
them you don’t use it and it is never okey and if they do it
again then they can kiss your black ass. Likewise say that
your sister is a Madonna. If they say it again they can kiss
your ass. If they do say either again then just stare at them
give them and give them your finger.

Just so you know, I punked out many times including over
nword. Also over just being black. Mot proud of it in the
least. It is just a matter of understanding your own strength.
Had 3 white boys outside of a bowling alley calling me
nword. I backed down.
Had a Harvard a$$hole talk about my suntan. I backed
down. Just stay who you are.
Also, I learned how to pop a bully in his mouth and kicked
one in his balls.
On May 5, after feeling humiliated by Incognito and Pouncey during a
yacht trip, Martin sent his mother these messages:
I’m never gonna change. I got punked again today. Like a
little b!tch. And I never do anything about it.
I was sobbing in a rented yacht bathroom earlier

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