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Chronology of Dolphins' bullying scandal

A look at significant events in the Dolphins' saga between Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito:

Oct. 28, 2013: Offensive tackle Jonathan Martin storms out of team cafeteria after a prank by fellow offensive linemen.

Oct. 29, 2013: Martin is listed on Tuesday's injury report as missing that day's practice due to "illness." Two days later, on the day the Dolphins host Cincinnati in a Thursday night game, Martin's status is downgraded to "out."

Oct. 31, 2013: Martin, according to Fox Sports, has been subjected to "persistent bullying and teasing from some teammates" since being drafted in the second round in 2012.

Nov. 1, 2013: Guard Richie Incognito, according to ESPN, is the target of an investigation by the NFL Players Association relating to the Martin situation. Dolphins coach Joe Philbin read from a prepared statement, saying he's "aware" of the allegation of bullying. He didn't directly answer questions relating to the matter.

Nov. 2, 2013: NFLPA releases a statement saying it isn't investigating Incognito or the Martin situation.

Nov. 3, 2013: The Dolphins release a statement in the morning saying reports the NFLPA is investigating the team are "inaccurate" and allegations of bullying are based on "speculation." Later in the day the Dolphins release another statement saying they've been informed by Martin's representation of allegations of player misconduct. That night the Dolphins released a statement saying they've suspended Incognito for conduct detrimental to the team.

Nov. 4, 2013: The vulgar transcript of an Incognito voicemail to Martin is reported by ESPN. In the message, recorded in April 2013, Incognito calls Martin a "half n -- -- -", says he wants to defecate in Martin's mouth, threatens to slap his mother across the face, and says, "I'll kill you."

Nov. 5, 2013: The Sun Sentinel reports Incognito was told by Dolphins coaches to "toughen up" Martin and Incognito might have taken things too far. Dolphins coach Joe Philbin declines to comment after being asked about the story.

Nov. 6, 2013: Dolphins players overwhelmingly support Incognito after being freed to speak their mind on the numerous media reports. "What's perceived is Richie is this psychopath, racist, maniac, right?" right tackle Tyson Clabo said. "And the reality is that Richie was a pretty good teammate, and that Richie and Jonathan Martin are friends, or appeared to be friends." The NFL announces it has appointed Ted Wells, a prominent New York-based attorney, to head the investigation into the Martin-Incognito situation. A report by ProFootballTalk.com said Jeff Ireland, then the Dolphins general manager, told one of Martin's agents his client should have "punched" Incognito.

Nov. 7, 2013: Martin's attorney, David Cornwell, releases a statement that says Martin "endured harassment that went far beyond the traditional locker room hazing" and that "Jonathan endured a malicious physical attack on him by a teammate." Cornwell also included a vulgar text message that colorfully suggested the sender would have sex with Martin's sister without a condom.

Nov. 9, 2013: Philbin said the Dolphins took "immediate action" upon learning Incognito harassed a female volunteer at a team-sponsored golf tournament in May 2012. The matter between the woman and Incognito was settled out of court. Philbin refused to say what punitive action the team took against Incognito.

Nov. 10, 2013: Incognito, in a nationally-televised interview with Fox Sports, revealed a text message from Martin that said, "I will murder your whole (expletive) family." Incognito said that's the usual tone of how they communicated. He also admitted it was wrong to use the "n-word" toward Martin in a voicemail. Incognito said he's not a racist and said if Martin was in the room he'd give him a "big hug."

Nov. 11, 2013: Dolphins owner Steve Ross, in a press conference prior to the Monday Night game at Tampa Bay, announces he's formed two committees to help delve into the Martin-Incognito saga. One committee would develop a locker room code of conduct and the other would research how the front office handled the situation. Ross also said he planned to meet with Martin face-to-face. That plan was later scrapped when it was determined Ross couldn't meet with Martin before NFL investigators.

Nov. 14, 2013: Incognito files a grievance against the Dolphins seeking his immediate reinstatement. He later agrees to set aside the grievance pending outcome of the NFL investigation.

Nov. 15, 2013: Martin meets with Wells in New York for more than seven hours. Martin, who eventually had two meetings with Wells, releases a statement saying he doesn't wish to publicly discuss the matter at this time.

Nov. 18, 2013: Wells spends the first of six days questioning Dolphins players, coaches and staff members at the team's facility. Incognito was interviewed over a two-day period.

Nov. 19, 2013: Offensive line coach Jim Turner is cited in an ESPN report as a "person of interest" in the NFL's investigation.

Nov. 23, 2013: Wells announces he has concluded his initial round of interviews with Dolphins players, coaches and staff members.

Nov. 30, 2013: Martin is placed on the Non-Football Injury (NFI) list, ending his season.

Dec. 16, 2013: Dolphins announce they've agreed to maintain Incognito's suspension "during the ongoing NFL investigation." That meant Incognito would continue to be paid.

Jan. 28, 2014: Ross, after being asked whether Incognito or Martin would ever play for the team again, replied, "I don't believe so." He then backtracked on that answer.

Jan. 29, 2014: Martin, in an interview on NBC Sports Network, tells former NFL coach Tony Dungy he "felt trapped" during his time with the Dolphins and needed to get away from the situation. Martin, who said he didn't mind normal hazing but had a problem with the "persistence" when he was on the team and said he felt he was singled out, said he never told Philbin about being bullied.

Jan. 30, 2014: Incognito's lawyer fires back after Martin's interview with Dungy, saying, in part, "Rather than deal with his poor on field performance and myriad other issues, Martin is now hiding behind false allegations."

Feb. 3, 2014: The Big Lead publishes more than 1,000 text messages between Incognito and Martin going back to October 2012. The texts characterize the players' relationship as friendly, and sometimes laced with vulgar language. It's clear Incognito is the leader in the friendship but the texts were never contentious.

Feb. 4, 2014: The Dolphins end Incognito's suspension.

Feb. 12, 2014: Incognito lashes out against Martin on Twitter.

Feb. 14, 2014: Ted Wells releases report.

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