The Dolphins haven’t said much in the wake of tackle Jonathan Martin’s departure from the team. Owner Stephen Ross hadn’t said anything.
On Wednesday night, Ross did.
“I want to thank Commissioner Goodell for moving quickly to appoint Ted Wells as special counsel on this matter,” Ross said in a statement issued by the team. “He has an impeccable reputation and we look forward to fully cooperating with the review. We take this situation seriously. As the owner, I am committed to creating a professional environment for all of the members of the Dolphins family. Once the review is completed and I have all of the facts, we will respond accordingly.”
Apart from what did or didn’t happen between Martin and guard Richie Incognito, Ross needs to worry that a “professional environment” currently doesn’t exist in relation to Martin, based on some of the things that his players said publicly on Wednesday.
It’ll be interesting to see what Ross ultimately does. And it would be naive to assume that the team’s performance in the aftermath of this scandal won’t be a factor in any decisions Ross ultimately makes.