The NFL's independent investigation of the Miami Dolphins has turned up a disturbing pattern of racism and homophobia, as well as efforts to destroy its evidence.
According to NFL.com, three Dolphins offensive linemen, Richie Incognito, John Jerry and Mike Pouncey, used a "pattern of harassment" against former Dolphin Jonathan Martin, another young offensive lineman, as well as an assistant trainer of Asian heritage.
The investigation report by New York attorney Ted Wells states that Incognito and an unidentified former Dolphin, referenced below as Player B, joked about buying guns and killing black people in text messages:
Incognito: Yea. For picking off zombies
Player B: Lol isn't that why we own any weapons!?
Incognito: That and black people
Player B: Mmm def all black ppl
Incognito and Player B also texted about rifle scopes and killing blacks four days later:
Player B: Yes. That's a solid optic made specifically for a .308 battle rifle
Incognito: Perfect for shooting black people
The report also states that Incognito, Jerry and Pouncey admitted they used racially derogatory insults against an Asian assistant trainer for the Dolphins:
"Incognito, Jerry and Pouncey admitted that they directed racially derogatory words toward him, including 'Jap' and 'Chinaman,'" it reads. "At times, according to Martin, they referred to the assistant trainer as a 'dirty communist' or a 'North Korean,' made demands such as 'give me some water you f----- c----,' spoke to him in a phony, mocking Asian accent, including asking for 'rubby rubby sucky sucky,' and called his mother a 'rub and tug masseuse.' Martin and others informed us that Incognito and Jerry taunted the assistant trainer with jokes about having sex with his girlfriend. Incognito admitted that these types of comments were made to the assistant trainer."
Incognito, Jerry and Pouncey also created a fine book in which players were fined money for cracking under emotional stress.
Incognito later told his teammates to destroy the fine book when he was under investigation for harassing Martin, notes TheBigLead.com.
"[Incoginito] wrote down a number of penalties against [Jonathan] Martin for acting like a 'p-----,'" the investigation states. "The evidence shows, and Incognito did not dispute, that 'breaking Jmart' meant causing Martin to have an emotional reaction in response to taunting.Approximately one week after Martin left the team, on November 3, 2013, Incognito wrote nearly identical text messages to Pouncey and another lineman: 'They're going to suspend me Please destroy the fine book first thing in the morning.'"
There were also taunts about raping Martin's sister, according to the report.
The investigation's report also claims that Dolphins offensive line coach Jim Turner was aware of a running joke regarding the sexuality of another offensive lineman (not Martin) and participated in taunting.
However, the report says Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin was unaware of the abuse of Martin, the other offensive lineman, and the assistant trainer.
"Given [Martin's] mental health issues, his possible heightened sensitivity to insults and his unusual, 'bipolar' friendship with Incognito," the report concluded. "Nonetheless, we ultimately concluded that Martin was indeed harassed by Incognito, who can fairly be described as the main instigator."
"He feels a great sense of relief," Martin's agent, Kenneth Zuckerman, told ESPN. "Jonathan Martin is a great man and he's only shown me that he is very honest since the day I met him. He loves football and is eager to get back on the field, regardless of what team he plays for."
Mark Schame, Incognito's attorney, said in a statement today that the investigation report was filled with errors and that Martin was never bullied by a member of the Dolphins' offensive line.
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said he doesn't expect Martin or Incognito to return to Miami.
Back in November 2013, several Miami Dolphins players, Ryan Tannehill, Tyson Clabo and Cameron Wake, defended Incognito, noted The Guardian, but they've yet to issue any statements about the report.