Transcript for NFL's Independent Investigator Releases a Report Claiming Bullying by Richie Incognito
Now, tonight, the answer to a question everyone has been asking about a big story we reported. Jonathan martin, pro football player, said his teammates bullied him and a new report, tonight, reveals how you bully someone that big and how deeply it can cut. ABC's Ryan smith has the new details. Reporter: Today we learned what it takes to 6' 5," 312-pound lineman out of the sport he loves. The NFL's independent investigator releasing a report ticking through how Jonathan martin and others were victims of frequent harassment at the hands of Richie incognito and other players. Evidence of vulgar sexual comments about martin's mother and sister sometimes coming multiple times a day. Incognito's voice mails and text messages calling martin the "N" word ad "Shine box," and in-person jokes about slavery. And homophobic and other degrading slurs hurled by other linemen, with such frequency that it became, according to martin, "A routine part of his life with the dolphins." During it all, martin e-mailing his mother. "I'm a pushover." And the investigators say there was a notebook, kept by incognito, in which he wrote about "Breaking jmart." A book, the report says, he's later ask teammates to destroy, evidence he knew he was in the wrong. Today's findings, a blow to Richie incognito. His lawyer stating, "Mr. Wells' NFL report is replete with errors. Jonathan martin was never bullied by Richie incognito or any members of the dolphins offensive line." But the report, firm in its assessment of bullying, goes on to say, "Even the largest, strongest and fleetest person may be driven to despair by bullying, taunting and constant insults." Ryan smith, ABC news, New York.
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