Richie Incognito bullied Jonathan Martin off the Dolphins roster, but he didn't mean to.
That's the conclusion from an independent investigation by attorney Ted Wells into the high-profile incident in which offensive lineman Martin left the team and Incognito was suspended for his behavior that led to Martin's exodus. The Wells Report was released on Friday morning.
The report, which comes with a warning that the language and behavior described in it "are extremely vulgar," concluded that three starters on the Dolphins' offensive line -- Incognito, John Jerry and Mike Pouncey -- engaged in "a pattern of harassment directed at not only Jonathan Martin but also another young Dolphins offensive lineman and an assistant trainer."
The trainer was repeatedly the object of racial slurs. The other player, the report says, was subjected to "homophobic name-calling and improper physical touching."
Martin, meanwhile, 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" according to the report.
Wells' report "rejects any suggestion that Martin manufactured claims of abuse after the fact to cover up an impetuous decision to leave the team." It cites text messages from Martin to his parents and others months before he left the team, messages that have never been made public, to "corroborate his account that the persistent harassment by his teammates caused him significant emotional distress."
Finally, the report concludes that "the harassment by Martin's teammates was a contributing factor in his decision to leave the team, but also finds that Martin's teammates did not intend to drive Martin from the team or cause him lasting emotional injury."