Special investigator to talk with Dolphins this week
Ted Wells, the special investigator hired by the NFL to investigate the Miami Dolphins bullying controversy, said Monday he will speak to players, coaches and other team personnel this week.
Jonathan Martin left the team on October 28 after an incident at a team meal and the Dolphins suspended his fellow offensive lineman Richie Incognito on November 3 after claims he threatened and bullied Martin.
"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 in a statement Monday. "The Dolphins organization has been very helpful in arranging the interviews and urging their personnel to cooperate with the investigation."
Wells, who spoke with Martin last Friday in New York for seven hours, has basically issued a gag order on everyone involved from making public comments about the matter.
"We have asked all Dolphins personnel to respect the process and avoid commenting on the investigation," Wells said.
Martin would not reveal details of his talk with Wells, only that he wants to resume his NFL career, though he did not say if that would be with the Dolphins.
Incognito has filed a grievance with the players union over his indefinite suspension.
Since Incognito's ban and the controversy that erupted thereafter, the Dolphins are 1-1, having improved to 5-5 on the season with a 20-16 victory over San Diego on Sunday.
The Dolphins will host Carolina on Sunday. Miami is level for the last wildcard playoff spot in the American Conference while Carolina (6-3) is fighting three other clubs for two National Conference wildcard spots.