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Owner Stephen Ross issues statement After Wells Report

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As I’m sure most of you know, the Wells Report was issued yesterday and while we knew most of what was going to be on it, there were some surprising twists and turns. We learned that Martin wasn’t the only one being bulled but other players and trainers as well. Specifically Nate Garner was talking about how he was being bullied, even worse than Martin for the past six years.

This is a part of Ross’ response:

“I now have had a chance to read the report and obviously, the language that was used and the behavior as described is deeply disturbing. Although the report commended Joe Philbin’s commitment to promoting integrity and accountability throughout the Dolphins organization, I told Ted Wells personally during my visit with him that we are committed to addressing the issues outlined in this report. We must work together towards a culture of civility and mutual respect for one another. It is important to me, important to Coach Philbin and important to the entire Dolphins organization.

We are committed to a positive workplace environment where everyone treats each other with respect. We have reviewed our Code of Conduct and workplace policies and are making enhancements to the areas of sports psychology, human resources and player engagement functions which serve as safe outlets for any player or employee.”

It is now time for Ross to make a change, yes I understand that joking with other players is in every locker room, I also know that odds are, 31 other teams do it. But Nate Garner was picked on so much “he looked like he was going to cry” for atleast the last two years. We do not know how bad it was in the previous years.

Stephen Ross, apparently this has been going on for a long time, in your organization. Two players felt so uncomfortable that they could’t even approach their coaches (some were a part of the pranks). What does that say about Joe Philbin, his staff and more importantly about your organization?

It is time to take action, no more of these focus groups. Something has to be done, a statement has to be made to show fans that you want to win, the NFL that you aren’t a joke, and most importantly players that you want to return the Miami Dolphins to an elite franchise.


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