It's been nearly three months since tackle Jonathan Martin left the Miami Dolphins and sent the team into a spiral of allegations, investigations, and speculation. Bullying and racism became a standard storyline when speaking about the Dolphins and Richie Incognito was vilified and suspended. Miami lacked leadership, the coaches could not control their own locker room, and an absentee owner had no idea what was happening with his own team.
The NFL conducted an investigation, hiring attorney Ted Wells to look into every aspect of the allegations, from vile text messages to pranks between teammates. That report, which will be made public once it is filed to the NFL, is expected to be finalized sometime after the Super Bowl this weekend.
On Tuesday, Martin broke his silence on the situation, agreeing to an interview with former NFL coach Tony Dungy - who also happens to be a member of a committee established by Dolphins owner Stephen Ross to look into the locker room culture of the team and develop a new "code of conduct." The full interview is scheduled to air Wednesday night on NBC Sports Network. The first clip of the meeting aired earlier tonight.
"I'm a grown man. I've been in locker rooms. There's vulgar language in locker rooms. One instance doesn't bother me. It's the persistence of it," Martin said. "I wish I would have had more tools to solve my situation. I felt trapped, like I didn't have a way to make it right. It came down to a point where, you know, I felt it was best just to remove myself from the situation."
Ross met with the media on Tuesday, introducing the team's new General Manager Dennis Hickey. During that press conference, he was asked about the Wells report. "The report will be released after the Super Bowl," Ross answered. "I have an idea what will be in it. I've been in communication with the NFL. I've spoken with Ted Wells who is handling the investigation. I haven't seen the report. I don't know exactly it's conclusions. I believe based on my conversations that, well, let's put it this way, I don't want to really speculate. When it comes out, we'll do what has to be done but we've already, in my mind, know what direction we're going. Stay tuned."
The full interview between Martin and Dungy will air at 6:30pm ET tomorrow.
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