Davie, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Miami Dolphins said Tuesday they will wait
to meet with Jonathan Martin until after he speaks to the NFL and an attorney
hired to lead an investigation into allegations of bullying and harassment by
fellow offensive lineman Richie Incognito.
According to the Dolphins, the NFL and New York attorney Ted Wells requested
they delay a meeting with Martin scheduled for Wednesday so they can have a
chance to talk with him first.
"Out of deference to the process, we will cooperate with their request," said
Dolphins president and CEO Tom Garfinkel in a statement. "We look forward to
meeting with Jonathan as soon as possible."
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, in his first public comments on the matter, said
Monday the team was "committed to getting to the bottom" of what led Martin to
leave the team two weeks ago and to "making any necessary changes to improve
Wells was named last week by the NFL to lead an independent probe of workplace
misconduct in the Dolphins organization.
Incognito, who has been suspended indefinitely by the Dolphins, is accused of
using a racial slur against Martin and threatening violence against him and
his mother in a voicemail Martin turned over to the NFL.
The nine-year veteran told Fox Sports in a TV interview Sunday that he never
bullied Martin but that he may have been too harsh on his younger teammate and
regrets using racist language.
Martin's allegations have rocked the Dolphins and led some current and former
NFL players and coaches to express surprise at how far the alleged bullying of
Martin went and to say it's the responsibility of a team's veteran leadership
to handle such situations.
Ross said the team's primary concern has been for Martin and that he exchanged
texts with the player as recently as this past weekend.
The Dolphins have created an independent advisory group including former NFL
coaches Don Shula and Tony Dungy and former players Dan Marino, Curtis Martin
and Jason Taylor, "to review our current organizational conduct policies and
to make recommendations on areas for improvement," Ross said.
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