Miami Dolphins’ Jonathan Martin meets with NFL investigator for more than seven hours
Dolphins offensive tackle Jonathan Martin met for more than seven hours on Friday with an NFL-appointed attorney who is investigating the team’s bullying scandal and then told reporters he will meet with Miami owner Stephen Ross at some point.
“Today’s meeting is consistent with my commitment to cooperate with the NFL’s investigation into my experiences as a player on the Miami Dolphins,” Martin said in a prepared statement after he and his attorney, David Cornwell, met with independent investigator Ted Wells in New York.
“Although I went into great detail with Mr. Ted Wells and his team, I will not … discuss this matter publicly at this time. I do, however, look forward to speaking directly with Stephen Ross, [team CEO] Tom Garfinkel and the Dolphins’ organization at the appropriate time. This is the right way to handle this matter. Beyond that, I look forward to working through the process and resuming my career in the National Football League.”
Wells’ investigation is expected to continue next week at Dolphins headquarters. Miami tackle Tyson Clabo said he was told that Dolphins players likely will be questioned about the case next week in Miami but was given no further details.
Also Friday, a source with knowledge of the situation told the Miami Herald that contrary to a published report, nobody within the Dolphins organization ordered Richie Incognito to “toughen up” Martin, and the team is comfortable that will come out after the investigation.
The Dolphins are not aware of any tangible evidence that would suggest the team’s coaches or personnel executives knew about Incognito’s harassment of Martin, according to another source. But the source could not guarantee that there was never a conversation or passing exchange that might remotely link the Dolphins to knowledge of problems. Also, Radaronline.com reported that Martin is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.