Report details racial abuse of Dolphins trainer
Jonathan Martin was far from the only person being harassed in the Dolphins locker room, according to the Wells Report.
In the introduction, the report refers to an assistant trainer who was “repeatedly was targeted with racial slurs and other racially derogatory language.”
The Japanese-born trainer was apparently the subject of repeated abuse from Richie Incognito, John Jerry and Mike Pouncey.
The report says they referred to him as “Jap,” “Chinaman,” a “dirty communist” or a “North Korean,” and would make demands such as “give me some water you f---ing chink.”
There were also lewd remarks relating to massages, and Incognito admitted making the remarks to the trainer.
On Dec. 7, 2012, the anniversary of the invasion of Pearl Harbor, the three players took it to another level.
The report says they “donned traditional Japanese headbands that featured a rising sun emblem (which the Assistant Trainer had given them) and jokingly threatened to harm the Assistant Trainer physically in retaliation for the Pearl Harbor attack.”
The trainer initially avoided many of the questions from investigators, and tried to downplay some of the claims, though the report concluded: “We did not find the Assistant Trainer’s denials believable.”
A lower-level employee not wanting to pursue the claims of abuse is a reasonable reaction for a person in fear of losing a job.
But the report concluded the abuse toward the trainer was “part of a pattern of abusive, unprofessional behavior.”