The National Football League appointed prominent lawyer Ted Wells on Wednesday to independently investigate allegations of harassment and hazing in the Miami Dolphins’ locker room, the league said.
The investigation — the results of which NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said would be made public — comes as a new report claims Dolphins coaches asked guard Richie Incognito to “toughen up” offensive tackle Jonathan Martin after he missed voluntary workouts last spring.
Incognito — a hulking, 319-pound veteran with a muddy record of unnecessary roughness and dirty play who is accused of sending his teammate racist and threatening text messages and voicemails — apparently took the assignment too far, multiple sources told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel newspaper.
It wasn’t immediately clear whether Incognito’s alleged orders will become part of the investigation into the Dolphins’ locker room hostilities, which has upended stereotypes about workplace bullying and put team officials on the defensive.
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