MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins can’t get through the current, invasive investigation without news of yet another one popping up.
The NFL Players Association has launched its own inquiry into the team’s bullying scandal, according to multiple news outlets. The effort will be led by Richard Smith, who captained the union’s look into the New Orleans Saints’ bounty saga.
Smith plans to explore team management’s role in the alleged abuse, USA Today reported. Efforts to reach the NFLPA for comment Tuesday were not successful. Dolphins officials declined to comment.
By the time Smith comes to town, Dolphins players will be well-versed in speaking to attorneys about their internal workings.
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They have spent the past two days talking to NFL investigator Ted Wells, who has peppered players with an exhaustive line of questioning.
Wells’ interviews have been so detailed one player who has been through the process likened the experience to being on the true-crime reality TV show “The First 48.”
While most Dolphins players haven’t seen much of Wells since he arrived Monday, they have felt his presence.
The music in the locker room was turned down Tuesday. Crude language has been sanitized.
Wells, tasked with investigating Jonathan Martin’s allegations of workplace harassment, has been tucked away in Dolphins headquarters since Monday, summoning players, coaches and staff who might have pertinent information.
Instead of cycling through the entire roster, Wells has focused mostly on the Dolphins’ offensive line, which is where the alleged abuse occurred.
Players questioned have no advance warning.
The National Football Post reported guard Richie Incognito’s alleged boorish behavior was not limited to teammates such as Martin.
Incognito and at least one other player “mocked the ethnic background of a team staff member and made crude jokes about the staff member’s wife,” the report stated.
Furthermore, the behavior reportedly occurred in front of other members of the Dolphins’ staff but was not curtailed.
Incognito remains indefinitely suspended for conduct detrimental to the team.
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