NFL attorney Ted Wells says Dolphins cooperating with bullying investigation
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NFL-appointed attorney Ted Wells, who met for more than seven hours Friday with Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin about the team's alleged bullying of the second-year player, has begun meeting with other Dolphins players, coaches and team officials as part of his investigation.
Wells, a New York-based lawyer who was hired by the league to look into the situation and file a report that eventually will be made public, said in a statement Monday that the team was cooperating with his investigation.
"We look forward to meeting with Dolphins players, coaches and staff in order to get the facts and prepare a thorough and fair report," Wells said. "The Dolphins organization has been very helpful in arranging the interviews and urging their personnel to cooperate with the investigation. We have asked all Dolphins personnel to respect the process and avoid commenting on the investigation."
Martin, who left the team Oct. 28 after an incident in the team's lunch room, has said through his attorney that teammate Richie Incognito engaged in bullying with the second-year lineman. Incognito admitted in a recent interview on Fox Sports that he left a racially charged message on Martin's voice mail, but Incognito also said that Martin routinely sent text messages that could easily be construed as inappropriate.
Incognito was suspended by the Dolphins without pay on Nov. 3, and he has since filed a grievance against the team. It is uncertain when Wells planned to talk to Incognito, or if that conversation would be delayed until after a hearing on the grievance.
Martin said after his meeting with Wells that he wanted to continue his NFL career, although he did not indicate whether he wanted to play again for the Dolphins.