With so many voices offering so many opinions regarding the Jonathan Martin-Richie Incognito situation in Miami, it’s easy to lose track of certain key facts.
Fact: The South Florida Sun-Sentinel has reported that Dolphins coaches asked Incognito to “toughen up” Martin.
Fact: In response to that report, the Dolphins have said nothing.
Well, the Dolphins haven’t said nothing. They’ve said they’ve got nothing to say.
“Because of the NFL review, we are not in a position to comment on any aspects of this matter,” the team said in a statement issued to PFT.
On the surface, it makes sense. Scratching that surface a bit, however, it doesn’t.
If the report isn’t true, why not say so? Loudly. Surely, a denial of the report won’t compromise or undermine the NFL’s investigation. Even more surely, the NFL would allow the Dolphins to issue a simple and perfunctory denial.
Absent a denial, it’s fair to conclude that the report is accurate. Which also means the Dolphins have more pressing problems than crafting a press release aimed at denying something they ultimately can’t deny.