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Harbaugh appears in the Wells report on Incognito, Martin

Jim Harbaugh shakes Jonathan Martin's hand
Jim Harbaugh shakes Jonathan Martin's hand
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The Wells report was released and published on Friday morning with the full investigation of Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin case.

San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh makes an appearance in the article where he showed support of Martin. Harbaugh was the head coach who recruited Martin and coached him from 2008-2010 at Stanford before he took the 49ers job.

Harbaugh appears on pages 27 and 58 from the Wells report with the following statements about Martin:

"Jim Harbaugh, Martin’s former head coach at Stanford and the current head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, told us that he had never doubted Martin’s tenacity, work ethic and dedication to the game, and that he had never seen Martin exhibit problems with social adjustment.Coach Harbaugh told us he believed that Martin likely could continue to have a successful career in the NFL." -(Page 27)


"Several former Stanford football players, as well as coaches Harbaugh and [David] Shaw, concurred that Martin was a talented athlete and a great teammate, with an admirable work ethic.Both Coach Harbaugh and Coach Shaw emphasized that Martin was a well-adjusted and popular player while at Stanford. Martin enjoyed the camaraderie on the Stanford team and did not feel that he was inappropriately hazed or otherwise harassed in college. He claimed that although his Stanford teammates teased each other from time to time, the jokes were generally good-natured; for example, it was reported that he was ribbed for speaking in a slow, deep voice. Although initially quiet, he became a vocal leader on the team by his final year.

Coach Harbaugh emphasized that he never doubted Martin’s physical or mental toughness, and he believes that Martin can continue to have a successful career in the NFL. Coach Harbaugh also said that the atmosphere in the Stanford locker room, in his view, was not materially different from that of the San Francisco 49ers’ locker room." -(Page 58)

Jim Harbaugh was asked last November about the initial situation in Miami when it was first reported that Incognito would be suspended indefinitely while Martin took a leave of absence from the team. The head coach showed nothing but support for his former player.

"As far as that situation, there’s only one thing that I can intelligently comment on and that’s knowing [former Stanford and current Miami Dolphins OL] Jonathan Martin," Harbaugh said in November about the Dolphins news. "I know him to be a fine person and his family. A great contributor as a student and an athlete at Stanford. [He] epitomizes the student-athlete model and then [is] a personal friend. So, I support Jonathan.”

Incognito was suspended after Week 8 and the Miami Dolphins were under investigation for the last three months on knowing what happened. The Miami Dolphin players defended Incognito despite reports saying that Martin was harassed.

The report indicates that another young offensive lineman as well as a staff member were also harassed by Incognito and two other offensive lineman. Martin most likely played his last game for the Dolphins in 2013, but is still under contract for next season.

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