The Miami Dolphins have spent the past week preparing to face the Carolina Panther in a Week 12 matchup. However, they have also spent the week rotating players, coaches, and executives through an interview with NFL investigator Ted Wells, who is trying to determine what kind of workplace the Dolphins have, and what kind of "locker room culture" exists in Miami.
The investigation was triggered by allegations of player misconduct levied by tackle Jonathan Martin, who left the team nearly four weeks ago. His allegations led to the suspension of guard Richie Incognito, a media circus to descend on the team with reports of harassment, bullying, and racism, and, finally, an investigation from the NFL. Martin met with Wells, an partner from the Paul, Wiess, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison law firm appointed to the investigation by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, on November 15 for over seven hours.
Wells then headed down to Miami on Monday, and has spent the week interviewing seemingly anyone and everyone who could potentially have any knowledge of the situation. He met with Incognito on Thursday and Friday, meeting for eight-and-a-half hours over the two days.
This afternoon, Wells wrapped up his time in Miami and released the following statement:
"We have concluded our initial round of interviews with the Miami Dolphins and spent time with every player and coach, as well as key staff members and management. Our work will continue over the next few weeks. I want to thank Stephen Ross, the Dolphins organization and its players, coaches and staff for their complete cooperation throughout this process."
There is no official statement on when the report will be finalized and submitted to the NFL, with Wells' "next few weeks" the best timetable provided so far. Wells will likely begin writing his report, while asking for additional interviews and information from players as needed. The report will be made public once it is complete.