NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has appointed Ted Wells to lead the independent investigation into the workplace conduct issues that led to Jonathan Martin's absence from the Miami Dolphins, and Richie Incognito's indefinite suspension.
The NFL also announced that Wells' findings during the probe will be made public.
“Mr. Wells will conduct a thorough and objective investigation. He will ensure that we have all the facts so that we can address this matter constructively," Goodell said of Wells, a senior partner in the New York law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. "Ted Wells will have full authority to investigate as he deems appropriate. He is on the job as of today and will undertake to complete his work as promptly as possible. Consistent with doing a thorough investigation, we have not imposed a specific timetable on him.”
Wells finding will be reported to Goodell, who will likely levy any punishments, if warranted.
The National Law Journal named Wells one of “The Decade’s Most Influential Lawyers” in 2010. His recent experience in conducting special investigations includes both the Syracuse University basketball team sexual harassment case and the NBA players union leadership dispute. In the latter, he was hired by the NBA players union and generated the report that led to a change in the head of the union.
“My task is to assemble the facts and present my findings to the commissioner," said Wells, who got his law degree from Harvard. "I will do so fairly and comprehensively so that Commissioner Goodell can address this matter properly. I will begin my work immediately and report my findings to the commissioner as soon as practical.”
The Dolphins requested the independent investigation, and have pledged the club’s full support, and cooperation.
“Under league policy, all employees have the right to a workplace free of any form of harassment,” Goodell said. “We are fully committed to an appropriate working environment for all NFL personnel.”Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun