Ted Wells, the lawyer conducting the NFL’s investigation into possible bullying on the Miami Dolphins, is expected to hold a second interview with offensive lineman Jonathan Martin, sources told ESPN.
The meeting between Wells and Martin, who left the Dolphins on Oct. 28, likely will take place in either New York or California during the first week of December, according to sources.
Wells concluded his opening series of interviews with the Dolphins on Saturday, stating that he met with every Miami player and coach, along with other individuals who work for the team.
A source told ESPN that Wells wants to speak with Martin regarding some discrepancies in the various sides’ explanations of the events in Miami.
Martin has claimed that he was harassed on a daily basis by his Dolphins teammates, including fellow offensive lineman Richie Incognito, who has been suspended indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team.
Sources told ESPN that momentum is building within the Dolphins organization for Incognito to return before the season ends, a prospect that might have seemed unthinkable earlier this month.
Incognito, who has received widespread support from his teammates, could possibly be reinstated from his suspension after Wells’ investigation is complete, according to a source.
On Thursday, Incognito agreed to postpone his grievance hearing challenging the suspension until Wells completes his investigation. In a statement, Incognito said he would cooperate fully with Wells, with a goal of rejoining the Dolphins.
Sources familiar with the case told ESPN that while there are issues with some of Incognito’s decisions and behavior, there might not be any violations of laws or workplace rules.
Martin, a second-year pro from Stanford, has said he wants to play football again. He has been with family in California undergoing treatment for emotional issues.
Incognito has said he regrets racist and profane language he used with Martin, but said it stemmed from a culture of locker room “brotherhood,” not bullying.
Wells is expected to determine the roles of coach Joe Philbin, other coaches and Miami’s front office, and the NFL has said his final report will be made public.
Ross has acknowledged that changes are needed and formed two committees to study the team’s locker room culture.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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