DAVIE, Fla. (AP) - The NFL's special investigator looking into the Miami Dolphins' harassment case says the team has been cooperative in preparing for his visit this week.
New York attorney Ted Wells released a statement Monday, his first public comments about the investigation. He planned to interview the Dolphins beginning Monday.
''We look forward to meeting with Dolphins players, coaches and staff in order to get the facts and prepare a thorough and fair report,'' Wells said. ''The Dolphins organization has been very helpful in arranging the interviews and urging their personnel to cooperate with the investigation. We have asked all Dolphins personnel to respect the process and avoid commenting on the investigation.''
Tackle Jonathan Martin left the team three weeks ago and alleges he was harassed daily by teammates, including guard Richie Incognito, who has been suspended. Martin spent nearly seven hours with Wells on Friday in New York.
Wells was appointed Nov. 6 by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to investigate possible misconduct in the Dolphins' workplace and prepare a report that will be made public.
His interviews with the Dolphins this week may last several days, ensuring further distractions for a team trying to keep its season from derailing. The Dolphins (5-5) beat San Diego 20-16 Sunday to remain in the race for an AFC wild-card berth.
Martin, a second-year pro, suddenly left the team Oct. 28 and has been with family in California undergoing counseling for emotional issues. Incognito filed a grievance last week against the Dolphins seeking to rejoin the team.
The case struck a national nerve on the issue of locker-room bullying and has even gone global. Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana offered a reaction Monday from the Great Wall of China, where he was on a tour to promote football.
Montana said bullying was common in the NFL, and said the locker room is a ''fun, crazy place,'' but added, ''It's a tough place, too, sometimes.''
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