As Miami Dolphins lineman Richie Incognito continues to battle the allegations that he bullied teammate Jonathan Martin, the owner of the NFL team is finally breaking his silence.
Stephen Ross said he was “appalled” when he heard Martin’s allegations of daily harassment by his teammates, however, he pledged not to jump to conclusions before all the facts are known.
“We need to look at ourselves. We have to examine everything internally,” Ross said. “This is so appalling to me. I know I’m capable of overreacting. I want to get everybody’s feedback because we all know the football locker room is a different workplace than most of us are accustomed to. I don’t want to make any excuses.”
He does, however, realize that the culture within the organization needs to be changed.
Speaking before Miami’s nationally televised Monday night game against the Buccaneers, Ross revealed that he has been in touch with Martin and plans to meet with him on Wednesday to discuss the allegations.
“I look forward to that meeting. I think that can help us move forward,” Ross said. “I’d like to hear from him what had happened, why he felt that way and what we did and what we could have done to prevent something like this from happening. I want to hear the circumstances, the facts.”
“I apologize to the fans for being in this position, but I know we will come out of this in a better position,” Ross said.
And about those allegations that the coach urged Incognito to “toughen Martin up?”
“Joe Philbin is probably one of the most organized people I’ve ever met. When I interviewed him that stood out, but what also stood out was his character. I don’t think there is a better person, a more respected person, a more caring person in the National Football League than Joe Philbin.”
Here’s hoping they get to the bottom of this.
SOURCE: Miami Herald | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty