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Miami Dolphins Owner Addresses Bullying Allegations

posted 12 Nov 2013, 03:14 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 12 Nov 2013, 03:15 ]

Miami Dolphins owner Steve Ross to meet with bullying victim and appoint committee to look at team's culture

 MIAMI, FLORIDAUNITED STATES. (NOVEMBER 11, 2013) (NBC) - Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said on Monday (November 11) he had arranged a meeting for Wednesday with Jonathan Martin, the player who left the team saying he was emotionally distraught over being bullied by team mates.

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Ross said he was "appalled" by some of the revelations in the case that has captured widespread public attention over the so-called clubhouse culture on the Dolphins and other National Football League teams.

Offensive linemate Richie Incognito, who was singled out by Martin, has already been suspended indefinitely by the National Football League team, and the NFL has announced an independent probe into the matter.

"I'd like to hear from him (Jonathan Martin) about what happened and what made him feel that way," Ross told a news conference in Tampa before Monday night's game between the Dolphins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

"And what we could have done to prevent this from happening."

Ross also said he plans to set up a task force to look into the Miami Dolphins' organization in response to the offensive tackle Jonathan Martin's departure and the suspension of guard Richie Incognito.

"I'm sure that when we're done with this that our organization will get better because I really care about his organization. It's important to me and what's going couldn't have been a worse nightmare," Ross told reporters

Ross said the task force would consist of five to seven members and could be expanded to as many as nine members.

At the moment, that committee is scheduled to include former NFL head coachTony Dungy, former Dolphins head coach Don Shula, former Dolphins quarterbackDan Marino, former Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor and former NFL running back Curtis Martin.

Jonathan Martin left the team Oct. 28 after an alleged lunchroom prank in which some teammates, including Incognito, refused to sit next to him. Martin is in Los Angeles with his family and receiving counseling for emotional issues.

Meanwhile, ESPN reported Martin wants to return to the NFL at some point, but he does not feel he can play with the Dolphins anymore and is unlikely to play again this season.