TAMPA, Fla. —
Ross said to he has formed an independent advisory group that includes Tony Dungy, Don Shula, Dan Marino, Jason Taylor and Curtis Martin to review organizational conduct policies and to make recommendations on areas for improvement.
“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.”
Neither Ross nor Garfinkel addressed an ESPN report that Martin is likely done for the season and feels he cannot return to the Dolphins.
Martin’s agent Kenneth Zuckerman did not respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press.
Ross said he will take an “open mind” going into his meeting with Martin.
“I want to hear the facts,” the owner said, adding that he’d also like to meet with Incognito.
“He deserves to be heard,” Ross said of the suspended guard.
The 6-foot-5, 312-pound Martin left the team two weeks ago. His attorney has alleged that Martin was harassed daily, and Incognito acknowledged leaving a voicemail for Martin in April in which he used a racist term, threatened to kill his teammate and threatened to slap Martin’s mother.
Ross’s reaction as the scandal mushroomed?
“I was appalled,” the owner said. “I think anybody would be appalled. When you first read that text that was reported, to me I didn’t realize people would talk or text or speak that way to people.”
Incognito is white and Martin is biracial. Teammates both black and white have said Incognito is not a racist, and they’ve been more supportive of the veteran guard than they have of Martin.