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Dolphins duck questions about off-field misconduct

The Miami Dolphins have hatched an effective strategy for dealing with delicate situations. 

They simply ignore them.

Several days ago, the team reportedly advised receiver Brandon Marshall to avoid an appearance with WQAM’s Sid Rosenberg, apparently due to concerns that Sid would have posed tough, probing questions to Marshall regarding one of the many sensitive topics about which he could have been asked (e.g., the shooting of Darrent Williams, the serious arm injury suffered after supposedly slipping and falling on a McDonald’s bag, multiple arrests for DUI and/or domestic battery, generally acting like an ass at a Broncos practice last year, his hip injury that no one knew about until after the ink had dried on his contract, and probably more stuff).

When it comes to the issue of player arrests, the team has adopted a similar approach.  Still, Sarah Talalay of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel has opted to pursue aggressively a response from ownership regarding the recent rash of bad behavior.

She initially explains that attempts to pose questions to owner Stephen Ross during a public appearance after defensive end Phillip Merling’s arrest for domestic violence “were quashed.”  Talalay writes that “one colleague was told he was not allowed to ask about the issue,” and that, after Talalay managed to ask the question, a team spokesman said, “we’re not dealing with that.”

Undeterred, Talalay wisely tried to obtain a response to the allegation that a player beat up his pregnant girlfriend from high-profile female minority owners of the team — Gloria Estefan, Venus and Serena Williams, and Fergie.  Talalay reports that the attempts to contact them “went unanswered or were referred back to the Dolphins.”  

Eventually, the Dolphins provided a response from CEO Mike Dee.

“We have great guys on this team,” Dee said.  “They do a lot for the community both
on their own and on behalf of the franchise.  Bill [Parcells], Jeff [Ireland] and
Tony [Sparano] put a tremendous emphasis on character and makeup when they put
this roster together.  We’re proud of the team that we have and I know
it’s an important priority as we move forward as well to continue to put
the emphasis on the character and makeup of our guys.  We’re really
happy with the team that we have, and think they represent this
franchise well in the community.”

Wow.  Even when not ignoring the situation, the team still finds a way to ignore the situation.

Maybe Nick Saban had an impact on the organization, after all.

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38 Responses to “Dolphins duck questions about off-field misconduct”
  1. NationalFelonLeague.com © says: Jun 26, 2010 8:44 AM

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agi8PUmlAKU

  2. bronxville jets fan says: Jun 26, 2010 8:47 AM

    Que Dolphins’ fans comments about how this is being blown out of proportion.

  3. Steve says: Jun 26, 2010 8:51 AM

    Surprise post, from the dolphin hater, it’s getting rediculous, give it a break, pick on the colts or something, look how many thugs are on that team

  4. NYMets says: Jun 26, 2010 8:51 AM

    Boy, that is some laundry list of baggage there for your boy Brandon Marshall. But don’t fear Dolfan. One Dan Marino had an alleged coke history prior to the draft and he turned out alright (albeit he never really won anything) so there’s still hope for Brandon. Miami Dolphins. “The Sweepers”

  5. Drat says: Jun 26, 2010 8:58 AM

    This is their way. It’s one of the reasons to put them in your enemies bin. Why root for this dolts? They think they are so smart, so McChrystal, so devoid of colon stink, so Superior. And what have they accomplished on the field? A lot of stink is about it.

  6. Corey says: Jun 26, 2010 9:01 AM

    scum bags
    its hard to blow beating up a pregnant chick out of proportion…

  7. Drat says: Jun 26, 2010 9:04 AM

    Being zoologically friendly, i like seeing “Dolphins” and “Duck” in the same heading. Keep it up, Florio, old boy. Maybe Drongos next?

  8. JetsAreAJoke says: Jun 26, 2010 9:05 AM

    If all the players on every team were suspended for “questionable” conduct, there would be no NFL.

  9. PFTiswhatitis says: Jun 26, 2010 9:19 AM

    “They do a lot for the community both on their own and on behalf of the franchise. …”
    …including beating up pregnant women, driving drunk, and assaulting smaller people.
    Geez it is so hard to distinguish between right and wrong? I hope this journalist does not relent. The team should not get away without at least making a statement that acknowledges the incident and shows some disdain for that kind of behavoir. It is hard to believe that noone in the organization can see clearly enough to do that and it says a lot about the organization in general. A little more bad press might give them the motivation to say what needs to be said.
    Not a Dolphins hater whatsoever but the organization really needs some leadership and it isn’t Bill Parcells.

  10. Zach says: Jun 26, 2010 9:22 AM

    As long as Parcells is part of this organization, the MSM will continue to give his team a pass. Questions will go unanswered, they wont punsih their own guys, they’ll act like nothing is wrong- and most people will buy into it.

  11. JetsAreAJoke says: Jun 26, 2010 9:25 AM

    @NYMets — now, that’s hilarious that a fan of the mets and jests would even have the ‘nads to mention ANYONE not winning anything. But here’s a little list of things he did accomplish. Can you please list what the jests BEST players have done?
    Most Attempts, Career: 8,358
    Most Completions, Career: 4,967
    Most Yards Passing, Career: 61,361
    Most Touchdown Passes, Career: 420
    Highest Pass Rating, Rookie Season: 96.0 in 1983
    Highest Completion Percentage, Rookie Season: 58.45 in 1983 (296-173)
    Most Yards Gained, Season: 5,084 in 1984
    Most Games, 400 or more Yards Passing, Career: 13
    Most Games, 400 or more Yards Passing, Season: 4 in 1984
    Most Games, 300 or more Yards Passing, Career: 60
    Most Seasons, 3,000 or more Yards Passing: 13 (1984-92, 1994-95, 1997-98)
    Most Consecutive Seasons, 3,000 or more Yards Passing: 9 (1984-92)
    Most Games, Four or more Touchdown Passes, Career: 21
    Most Games, Four or more Touchdown Passes, Season: 6 in 1984
    Most Consecutive Games, Four or more Touchdown Passes: 4 in 1984
    Lowest Percentage, Passes Intercepted, Rookie Season: 2.03 in 1983 (296-6)
    Most Seasons Leading League, Attempts: 5 (1984, 1986, 1988, 1992, 1997)
    Most Seasons Leading League, Completions: 6 (1984-86, 1988, 1992, 1997)
    Most Seasons, 40 or more Touchdown Passes: 2 (1984, 1986)
    Most Seasons, 20 or more Touchdown Passes: 13 (1983-92, 1994-95, 1998)
    Most Consecutive Seasons, 20 or more Touchdown Passes: 10 (1983-92)
    100 TD Passes in Fewest Amount of Games to Start Career: 44 (9/7/86 at S.D.)
    200 TD passes in Fewest Amount of Games to Start Career: 89 ( 9/17/89 at N.E.)
    300 TD passes in Fewest Amount of Games to Start Career: 157 ( 9/4/94 vs. N.E.)
    Most Seasons Leading League, Yards Gained: 5 (1984-86, 1988, 1992)
    with Sonny Jurgensen (Philadelphia, 1961-62;Washington, 1966-67, 1969)
    Most Consecutive Seasons Leading League, Completions: 3 (1984-86)
    with George Blanda (Houston, 1963-65)
    Most Consecutive Games, 400 or more Yards Passing: 2 (1984)
    with Dan Fouts (San Diego, 1982) and Phil Simms (N.Y. Giants, 1985)
    Most Consecutive Seasons, 4,000 or more Yards Passing: 3 (1984-86)
    with Dan Fouts (San Diego, 1979-81)
    Regular Season :
    •Played 242 games, starting 240 of them
    •Career completion percentage of 59.4%
    •Career passing efficiency rating is 86.4
    •Threw 252 interceptions in his career
    •Only QB in NFL history to have six 4,000-yard seasons (1984-86, 1988, 1992, 1994)
    •Led 37 fourth-quarter comeback victories, second only to John Elway.
    •Holds Dolphins team record for most seasons played, 17.
    •Had 116 wins under Don Shula – the most by a head coach – quarterback combination in NFL history.
    •Won the AFC Offensive Player of the Week honor 18 times in the regular season (and 20 times overall, including playoffs).
    Playoffs :
    •Passed for 4,510 yards over career in playoff games
    •Threw at least one touchdown pass in 16 of his 18 playoff contests, throwing a TD pass in his first 13 postseason contests.
    Other :
    •Selected to nine Pro Bowls (1983-87, 1991-92, 1994-95), including seven as a starter (1983-86, 1992, 1994-95). Due to injuries, played only two games (1984,

  12. JetsAreAJoke says: Jun 26, 2010 9:34 AM

    @PFTiswhatitis — if you want every team to list all the incidents that are covered up, I hope the www gets a little bigger. The patriots had a player that got busted with over 100 illegal pills from Canada and that was covered up big time. Illegal activities happen everywhere and you never hear about it or it gets swept under the carpet really quickly. As for the beating up pregnant women, what ever happened with that? I haven’t read any more on that since it originally allegedly happened (I say allegedly because I’ve also read many times where players do this, but it goes away because the wife/girlfriend don’t press charges because it wasn’t really “beating” but self-defense and I’m not saying this wan’t real with Merling but seems odd it would just go away). Driving drunk? How many people in the world hasn’t but just didn’t get caught? Assaulting smaller people? Not sure what that means. Is it a dig on Braylon Edwards? Vince Young? A good portion of the players in the NFL?

  13. GreenAsGrass says: Jun 26, 2010 9:42 AM

    Geez every NFL team has individual conduct issues and sooner or later they will surface to the sports pages. Unfortunately as NFL fans and sports fans we have to accept most of this crap, otherwise there are no teams to root for.

  14. borg says: Jun 26, 2010 9:46 AM

    “She just wouldn’t listen. Brother gots to get a release twice a day”.

  15. Irish Phin Fan says: Jun 26, 2010 9:47 AM

    Piss off Florio.

  16. 41 Bottles of Coors Light says: Jun 26, 2010 10:01 AM

    Not to mention that they draft quality players like Pat White. I mean, come on!

  17. j.e.t.s. suck suck suck says: Jun 26, 2010 10:02 AM

    Queue the jets fans to come and suck…oh, sorry wasn’t paying attention, they are already here. Hi girls.
    If you hear a flushing sound, hold your breath, I’m dropping you off at the pool.

  18. moolah954 says: Jun 26, 2010 10:05 AM

    @ JetsAreAJoke ….. I bet Dan would give up all those stats for one Superbowl ring…….. Joe Namath sucked stats wise and he managed to pull one out

  19. NYMets says: Jun 26, 2010 10:08 AM

    JetsJoker
    Super Bowl Wins:
    Joe Namath 1
    Trent Dilfer 1
    Doug Williams 1
    Jeff Hostetler 1
    Dan Marino 0
    Championships:
    NY Mets 2
    Dan Marino 0
    2010 Jets 12-4
    2010 Dolphins 5-11

  20. LewD says: Jun 26, 2010 10:09 AM

    “The Miami Dolphins have hatched an effective strategy for dealing with delicate situations.
    They simply ignore them.”

    Do you really think the NFL is ignoring any of these issues? Absolutely not.
    Do you really think the team is ignoring any of these issues? Not a chance.
    What they are ignoring is the press …. and stirring the sh*t-pot unneccessarily.
    perhaps that “new” strategy has some merit???

  21. stampats says: Jun 26, 2010 10:35 AM

    HELLO!!! Anyone ever hear of Lawrence Taylor????
    Parcells + Dirty Miami = Alcatraz….
    The only option Miami has is to ignore it….
    Dulfins = The Prison Team.

  22. HandsofSweed says: Jun 26, 2010 10:47 AM

    @Jetsareajoke:
    Joe Namath guaranteed a victory over the 18 point favorite Colts in SB III. Then he delivered, which was the final fulcrum used to force the merger of the AFL and NFL, thus creating the greatest professional sports league in American and, quite probably, human history. Then he was elected to the HOF.
    I don’t have any love or hate for either the Fins or the Jets. Dan Marino was the man, no question. You just asked the wrong question in your post and needed to be reminded of a rather important and unforgettable portion of NFL history. No personal offense meant, though.

  23. Venerable Axiom says: Jun 26, 2010 10:59 AM

    Sounds a lot like the ” usually tight lipped Patriots”. That said, Ross has previously spoken on the issue.
    “Team owner Stephen Ross, who is attending NFL meetings in Orlando, Fla., said the organization is unhappy about the recent spate of arrests of its players. ”
    “It certainly doesn’t make us happy, and it is a concern,” Ross said without specifically talking about Brown. “I think the coaches and Bill Parcells are disappointed and concerned, and they are addressing it.”
    ESPN

  24. NYMets says: Jun 26, 2010 11:19 AM

    Jetsareajoker
    From now on we call you “cutandpaster”.

  25. JetsAreAJoke says: Jun 26, 2010 11:52 AM

    NYWets says:
    2010 Jets 12-4
    2010 Dolphins 5-11
    _____________________________
    Now, that’s just plain hilarious!!!!!
    Jests:
    Reg. Season: 340-408-8
    Play-offs: 10-12 (including last fluke year)
    Fins:
    Reg. Season: 387-281-4
    Play-offs: 20-20
    Gotta love the jests fans and their predictions. I really hope you are still around in December.
    And we’ll call you the “big dreamer”.
    SAME OL’ JESTS!!!!! It’s in their DNA.

  26. promichael says: Jun 26, 2010 11:53 AM

    Mike this is just more recycled delusional stuff. What does Brandon Marshall know about Phillip Merling beating up a pregnant girlfriend? Sid Rosenberg is a low life who wants to emulate Don Imus a guy who got thrown off of network TV for his racist comments. The position taken by the Dolphins is that the league has control over the situation. It is a league and criminal matter so moving forward Merling is on bail until his trial date and possible conviction. This is not difficult to understand unless one has an agenda against Parcells.

  27. FinFan85 says: Jun 26, 2010 11:54 AM

    Just a dumb worthless article…

  28. Ron says: Jun 26, 2010 12:01 PM

    NYMets says: June 26, 2010 11:19 AM
    From now on we call you “cutandpaster”.
    ———————————————————–
    Stick an N in “cutandpaster” and you have
    a perfect description of NYMets

  29. Deadeye says: Jun 26, 2010 12:30 PM

    I’m a Dolphin fan, and this is all being blown out of proportion.

  30. DevastationInc says: Jun 26, 2010 12:41 PM

    Mike Nostorio!!!

  31. footballfan#1 says: Jun 26, 2010 1:09 PM

    Why does this website always pick on the Dolphins? Every team in the NFL has players that get into trouble. It goes on in every league, every sport, and has since the beginning of time. The Dolphins don’t get into trouble anymore than any other team. So why pick on the Dolphins?
    Someone on PFT must be a Jets fan. It’s the only logical explanation.

  32. spudz says: Jun 26, 2010 1:12 PM

    Wow…yea…jut ignore it and hope it goes away……GREAT stategy! IDIOTS….

  33. Mitch says: Jun 26, 2010 1:26 PM

    Geez Mr. Florio if you need to suck up to Sid Rosenberg your career must be almost as deep in the crapper as his. No one in Florida likes him except the 10% here that are NY transplants.
    Find something real to report instead of some lame story that is designed to suck up to your girlfriend Sid. You both suck and you deserve each other.

  34. wock says: Jun 26, 2010 1:30 PM

    Mike Florio bribed Sid Rosenberg LIVE on radio….. promised TOP BILLING to Sid on this web site for the proposed Marshall ambush interview.
    I wonder what Sarah Talalay got?

  35. rodge says: Jun 26, 2010 1:40 PM

    I think the Dolphins are starting to scare some people, hence all the recent hating. Namath was good, Marino was good. They’re both long gone so stop comparing meaningless stats. The Jets have picked up some flashy names but that doesn’t mean sh*t (ask the Redskins). The Jet fans are scared because their offseason acquisitions ALL have big question marks (minus draft picks). How long will LT or Cromartie last before injury? How long will Santonio last before next suspension? How long will Rex and Sanchez last without hot dogs? I’m so glad they let Thomas Jones go because he was the only Jet that scared me besides Joe Namath trying to kiss anything with a hole-and-a-heartbeat…

  36. rodge says: Jun 26, 2010 1:42 PM

    I think the Dolphins are starting to scare some people, hence all the recent hating. Namath was good, Marino was good. They’re both long gone so stop comparing meaningless stats. The Jets have picked up some flashy names but that doesn’t mean sh*t (ask the Redskins). The Jet fans are scared because their offseason acquisitions ALL have big question marks (minus draft picks). How long will LT or Cromartie last before injury? How long will Santonio last before next suspension? How long will Rex and Sanchez last without hot dogs? I’m so glad they let Thomas Jones go because he was the only Jet that scared me besides Joe Namath trying to kiss anything with a hole-and-a-heartbeat…

  37. Mumakata says: Jun 26, 2010 4:52 PM

    # NYMets says: June 26, 2010 11:19 AM
    Jetsareajoker
    From now on we call you “cutandpaster”.
    ———————————————
    Hey, just a quick question. When did you stop beating your boyfriend? Pot, meet the kettle.

  38. RexRyan'sStressedLapband says: Jun 26, 2010 7:59 PM

    # spudz says: June 26, 2010 1:12 PM
    Wow…yea…jut ignore it and hope it goes away……GREAT stategy! IDIOTS….
    —————————————————-
    Yeah, cause I’m sure that behind the curtain, that’s what’s really going on. Naive little moron. How about you take your non-contributing arse elsewhere?

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