The Miami Dolphins requested an independent investigation be launched to examine their workplace and locker room, and now results are starting to come in. The NFL has received "multiple tips" of potential incidents of harassment inside the team's locker room, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Offensive tackle Jonathan Martin left the Dolphins at the end of October amid reports he was seeking help for emotional issues stemming from bullying inside the organization. Teammate Richie Incognito was suspended by the team for sending racist and threatening text messages to Martin, prompting the organization to seek a full probe into its workplace environment.
Dolphins players publicly supported Incognito, painting the picture of him as a mentor to Martin, a second-year offensive tackle, but that version of events seems tenuous at best. Reports emerged that Incognito was asked to "toughen up" Martin, which could have contributed to the bullying. Offensive line coach Jim Turner is a "person of interest" to investigators, according to Schefter, but there's no indication that this is linked to the claims that Incognito was ordered to bully Martin.
Fruit of the league's investigation is now coming to bear, and information so far reveals an endemic pattern of harassment extending beyond two players in an isolated incident. Martin leaving the team may have broken an unspoken team code, but it appears he has cast a light on some dark aspects of locker room culture. The Miami Dolphins organization has not released a statement at this time addressing Schefter's most-recent report.