Some witnesses being uncooperative in Dolphins' harassment case
Investigator Ted Wells is finding some tough sledding when it comes to his look into the Dolphins' bullying case, Jason La Canfora reports.
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Dolphins players are being less-than-forthcoming with investigator Ted Wells, according to sources familiar with the ongoing probe, and in some cases are refusing to cooperate at all. Owner Stephen Ross addressed the team last week and urged them to be candid and open with Wells, but that has not been the case and it remains to be seen if Wells is able to corroborate the lengthy accounts he was given from Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito, the principles involved.
Wells had a long meeting with Incognito last week and his investigation could last until next month, especially given the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Ross has several committees he has put together essentially on hold until the resolution of the investigation and any subsequent discipline that could be coming from Commissioner Roger Goodell, and while originally the Dolphins were hopefully of a speedy resolution to this matter, according to team sources, it is now clear that will not be the case and Wells will be very thorough and meticulous as he gathers information.
Incognito’s grievance against the Dolphins is also on hold until the investigation wraps up, and the Dolphins still have two more weeks where, under the CBA, they can suspend Incognito without pay for conduct detrimental to the team, before they have to either reinstate him or release him. There are no guarantees the investigation will be concluded by then.
Saturday, Wells released the following statement:
"We have concluded our initial round of interviews with the Miami Dolphins and spent time with every player and coach, as well as key staff members and management. Our work will continue over the next few weeks. I want to thank [owner] Stephen Ross, the Dolphins organization and its players, coaches and staff for their complete cooperation throughout this process."
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