Jonathan Martin made his first public comments Saturday since a report released by NFL investigator Ted Wells concluded that the offensive lineman was subjected to "a pattern of harassment" during his time with the Miami Dolphins.
Martin said on Twitter:
Focus on the positive. Life is a gift, don't ever forget that #BeGreat- Jonathan A. Martin (@J_Martin71) February 15, 2014
The NFL-ordered Wells report, released Friday, found that Richie Incognito and teammates John Jerry and Mike Pouncey both harassed Martin, while Dolphins offensive line coach Jim Turner also participated in the taunting. The harassment included racial slurs and vicious sexual taunts about Martin's mother and sister.
The report also found wrongdoing by Incognito, Jerry and Pouncey toward another player and an assistant trainer. According to the report, the trio harassed the unnamed player about his sexuality even through the player's sexuality was never in question.
"Andrew is disappointed that his name has become associated with this story," Tessler said in a statement. "He's been a member of another organization since last season and is trying to focus on the future. When Ted Wells approached Andrew at the end of the investigation, Mr. Wells already had all the information contained in the report that he had gotten elsewhere. While Andrew can't speak for any other players involved in the report, he personally has no problem with the Miami Dolphins organization and has the highest opinion of Coach [Jim] Turner both personally and professionally and feels terrible about the way their relationship has been portrayed in the report."
Several people interviewed told investigators that Turner gave Player A, a male sex doll as a gag gift around Christmas 2012. Turner told investigators he did not remember the incident, but investigators said they did not believe him.
The report states that Turner didn't attempt to stop the behavior and even took part in some of the taunting of Player A.
Incognito, meanwhile, took to Twitter on Friday night, saying, "You could not define me in 144 years let alone 144 pages Mr Wells. Thank you for your hard work and dedication."
He then appeared to bid farewell to the social media website, saying: "Goodbye twitter. Be well. See you on the other side."
His account since has been deleted.
Also Saturday, the Palm Beach Post reported that the Dolphins will meet with Martin's representation at next week's NFL scouting combine to discuss his future. Miami is expected to trade or release Martin.
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross recently said he doesn't expect Martin or Incognito to return next season.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.