Despicable is the word that comes to mind.
The NFL-ordered report on the harassment and bullying of Jonathan Martin and others, as it turned out, by Richie Incognito and others, as it turned out, paints the Miami Dolphins' workplace � from locker room to practice field � as a cesspool of juvenile meanness.
The report is a 144-page indictment of a team apparently under the control of Incognito as ringleader of a group intent on imposing its emotional terrorism through homophobic and racial slurs and actions.
The Dolphins should be ashamed of themselves.
The franchise brand is stained beyond any damage wrought by the on-field mediocrity of recent years.
Incognito, often in concert with acolytes and fellow offensive linemen Mike Pouncey and John Jerry, was relentless in targeting Martin, an offensive lineman himself, and an unnamed player and assistant trainer.
The vulgarities and insults are almost too venomous to believe even given the convenient locker-room excuse that it's a players' haven where they are free to act the fool. But being boys'-club raunchy is one thing; being maladjusted is another.
And offensive line coach Jim Turner not only knew about it, but allegedly condoned and perhaps even participated in an episode of harassment involving a blow-up doll?
There would be simulated sex acts by players, pretending to use Martin's sister as a partner, on the practice field, and no coach or teammate noticed or said anything if they did?
There was improper touching, and it was supposed to be funny?
That's not a professional football team. That's a prison mentality of dominant preying on the weak. It was enough for Martin to decide to walk away from the team.
Here's a passage from the report: "... to the extent that certain players believe that the locker room should have self-regulated itself, there is a fundamental problem with self-regulation when the very perpetrators of the harassment are in fact leaders of the team."
Think this would have happened on Jason Taylor's and Zach Thomas' watch? Not a chance.
The Dolphins stink like sewage, and the odor is going to linger.
No punishments have been set forth beyond Incognito's suspension the second half of last season, but the coaching staff � beginning with head man Joe Philbin � is now on notice to prevent such abhorrent behavior. Or be gone.
Here's another passage: "... the contrast between the Dolphins' formal anti-harassment policy and the reality of the Dolphins' locker room is striking."
A rule without enforcement of that rule is just a dare.
Any player who creates an atmosphere of fear and loathing should be cut immediately. Incognito should never play another down in the NFL.
Incognito, according to the report, was said to be "well-liked." Swell. That's a great reflection on the team when one Dolphin called Incognito "divisive" and "the kind of guy who has to be the alpha male."