The NFL future of Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito may very well hinge on the findings of Ted Wells' investigation into the bullying scandal involving Jonathan Martin. It has become abundantly clear that the polarizing offensive lineman is tired of waiting.
Wells' investigation was initially reported to be made public Thursday, but it was not released as scheduled, according to Adam Beasley of The Miami Herald:
Ted Wells' spokeswoman said the bullying report will NOT be made public Thursday, as reported elsewhere.— Adam Beasley (@AdamHBeasley) February 5, 2014
It will instead drop either late next week or early the following week, per Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.
The news of the delay wasn't satisfactory from Incognito's perspective, as he took to Twitter and proceeded to blast Wells and the Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison law firm that Wells represents:
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind -- Really taking your time on this one. Not like my career and life have been in the balance for 3 months.— Richie Incognito (@68INCOGNITO) February 6, 2014
In addition to that, Incognito insulted Martin's agent, Kenny Zuckerman. Incognito eventually deleted the tweet, but he accused Zuckerman of misleading Martin, according to Florio.
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"Jon Martin's agent is Kenny Zuckerman at Priority Sports," Incognito tweeted. "Let's just say he's not very 'trustworthy.' He screwed (Martin)."
Florio speculates that Incognito could be suggesting that the bullying scandal was a falsity perpetuated by Zuckerman in order to help Martin get out of his Dolphins contract while still maintaining his signing bonus.
Jason McIntyre of The Big Lead acquired over 1,000 text messages (many of which are NSFW) sent between Incognito and Martin. While some disturbing themes are featured, it certainly calls the validity of Martin's claims into question.
Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman is one of those who believe the texts weren't consistent with bullying:
Texts show Incognito-Martin relationship in different light--there's no apparent bullying: http://t.co/1Vl0RO34Ml— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) February 4, 2014
The team suspended Incognito in November after reports surfaced that he was chiefly responsible for creating a toxic locker-room environment that resulted in Martin leaving the Dolphins. A hailstorm of opinions from every possible angle has ensued, and it has developed into one of the biggest NFL scandals in recent memory.
Despite the fact that Martin's accusations resulted in Incognito getting suspended, Incognito tweeted that he supports Martin's possible return to football:
Incognito's three-month suspension came to an end in early February, which means he will become an unrestricted free agent who can sign with any team during the offseason.
With that said, Incognito is a risk because of the bullying scandal, although things could change if Wells' report paints a positive picture.
NFL free-agent negotiations can't begin until March 8, so there is nothing imminent on that front, but it is understandable why Incognito is anxious.
At the same time, he isn't doing himself any favors by spouting off. It's entirely possible that Incognito will be cleared of any wrongdoing by Wells, but Incognito's comments regarding the investigation may rub some teams the wrong way.
Most people would lay low in a situation like this, but Incognito isn't like most people. He has always marched to the beat of a different drum, and it will be interesting to see what impact that has on his NFL future.
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