NFL investigator begins interviews with Miami Dolphins players
11/19/2013 12:01 AM
09/08/2014 6:57 PM
Ted Wells met with select Dolphins players Monday as he began his on-the-ground investigation of the team's workplace conduct scandal, indicating his inquiry might be more targeted than wide-reaching.
While some thought that all Dolphins players might be subject to an interview with the NFL's independent investigator, sources close to the situation said Monday that was not the case.
Instead, it is believed that Wells wanted to use his short time in Miami to deal directly with the allegations of abuse against Jonathan Martin, who met with Wells in New York on Friday. Wells arrived at Dolphins headquarters at 7 a.m. Monday, and remained there throughout the day.
Information from Monday's interviews was scarce, as Dolphins players, coaches and staff were under strict orders not to speak to the media.
However, top Dolphins assistants shed some light into what will take place in Davie this week.
Wells met primarily with players Monday, and had hoped to be finished with them by day's end. Also, Dolphins coach Joe Philbin and several team administrators carved out time with the respected New York-based attorney, NFL.com reported.
Meanwhile, offensive coordinator Mike Sherman has a meeting with Wells scheduled for Tuesday, Sherman told reporters.
By front-loading player interviews, perhaps Wells is trying to avoid interfering with the team’s preparation for Sunday’s home game against the Carolina Panthers.
Dolphins players would usually be off the day after a win, but reported to work in three shifts to speak with investigators Monday.
“They’re in charge of the review process. ... We’re going to fully cooperate,” Philbin said. “We’re sticking to the schedule. We’re going to be fine.”
Added defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle: “I don't think it’s going to have much of an impact. We’ve been told that they’re going to do everything they can not to disrupt the flow of the week.”
Wells is expected to spend three days in Dolphins headquarters, and will have particular interest in what offensive line coach Jim Turner and center Mike Pouncey have to say.
He spoke with Martin for more than seven hours Friday.
“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 Monday in a prepared statement. “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.”
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