The full report on the Jonathan Martin/Richie Incognito situation is absolutely jaw-dropping. Veering wildly from shocking to infuriating to tragic, it paints a complex picture of a dysfunctional group of players, and we highly encourage you to read the whole thing in its entirety.
The page that stood out to us, though, was the photocopied page from the Dolphins O-Line's 'Fine Book', where they recorded arbitrary fines on players that when paid, went towards a group vacation at the end of the season. Incognito was supposedly the one who levied most of these fines, and as you'll see in this screenshot, it perfectly captures the twisted, bizarre world these men inhabit:
Some items of note:
- The most important item is, without a doubt, the $200 fine Incognito levied on himself for 'Breaking Jmart'. In Wells' report, this is the primary evidence that Incognito knew the effect his abuse was having on Martin.
- The five fines given to Martin for being a 'pussy' were added after Martin left the team to seek professional help for his issues with depression.
- Nate Garner, another frequent subject of abuse, is given a $250 credit for 'not cracking first'
- While it isn't pertinent to Wells' investigation, it's sort of sickly funny that Incognito would fine Mike Pouncey for being subpoenaed by the FBI (in relation to the investigation into Aaron Hernandez)
- On November 3, 2013, Incognito sent text messages to both Pouncey and Garner, asking them to destroy the fine book. Neither complied.