Official NFL Investigation Concludes Incognito and Two Others Systematically Harassed Jonathan Martin
It took a little over three months, but today the report on the official NFL investigation into the bullying scandal involving Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito is out. So was Jonathan Martin bullied by Richie Incognito or not?
Yes. And no.
The report by investigator Ted Wells did conclude that Martin, another offensive lineman, and an assistant trainer were all subjected to “a pattern of harassment” by Incognito, John Jerry, and Mike Pouncey. And this harassment included racial and homophobic slurs, sexual taunts, and even some “improper physical touching.”
However, while it was easy to ascertain that the other player and the assistant trainer were the targets of unmerited abuse, “the questions raised in Martin’s case were more complex, nuanced, and difficult” according to the report.
The challenge? It’s not that anything Martin said proved to be untrue. In fact, pretty much everything checked out. The difficulty stemmed from Martin’s “mental health issues, his possible heightened sensitivity to insults, and his unusual ‘biopolar’ friendship with Incognito.”
So in other words, it seems Martin tried to go with it, and on the outside he seemed fine—as with the vulgar texts he sent to Incognito. But on the inside, obviously, things were not fine. And whereas the unnamed offensive lineman was able to handle the abuse, Martin, with his “issues,” was not.
Of course, if there is one thing that is still crystal clear in all this, it’s that Richie Incognito is, at this point in his life, a pretty crappy human being.
I’m not saying he can’t reform. I’m not saying I wish bad things to befall him. But according to the report, “Incognito dictated the culture.” And while a certain level of childishness and vulgarity is to be expected in NFL locker rooms, the culture Incognito established went way beyond what might be considered reasonable.
So this is a man who needs to grow up and seek the help of a licensed mental health professional. Because, clinically speaking, he’s a huge asshole.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]