Stephen Ross “has an idea” what’s in report of Jonathan Martin investigation


The Dolphins introduced a new general manager on Tuesday, but owner Stephen Ross also answered questions about a matter that’s been pending since Jeff Ireland was still in that role.

Ross confirmed that the report compiled by NFL investigator Ted Wells on the accusations of harassment leveled by tackle Jonathan Martin against guard Richie Incognito will be released after the Super Bowl. Ross said the team has a good idea about what the report will say and that they have a good idea about what they’ll do after the report is released.

“I have an idea what will be in it. I’ve been in communication with the NFL. I’ve spoken with Ted Wells who is handling the investigation,” Ross said, via Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald. “I haven’t seen the report. I don’t know exactly it’s conclusions. I believe based on my conversations that … well, let’s put it this way, I don’t want to really speculate. When it comes out, we’ll do what has to be done but we’ve already … in my mind I know what direction we’re going. Stay tuned.”

Ross gave a pretty big hint about that direction when he answered “I don’t believe so” to a question about either player returning to the Dolphins. Ross quickly retracted the statement, noting that Incognito is a free agent and that Martin remains under contract in Miami. If the Dolphins would like to trade Martin, it certainly hurts them to say that he’ll be released if they can’t.

Ross’ slip of the tongue is out there, though, and Salguero also suggests the recent hiring of John Benton as an assistant line coach may be a hedge against possible discipline for offensive line coach Jim Turner.

Martin spoke with Tony Dungy in an interview that will be on NBC Nightly News on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. ET. The interview will also air on Pro Football Talk on NBCSN on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. ET.

21 responses to “Stephen Ross “has an idea” what’s in report of Jonathan Martin investigation

  1. Richie Incognito is a dying breed of male and football player. I don’t necessarily agree with what he said but the guy could play and at the end of the day that’s what matters. His teammates showed him support in the locker room and numerous NFL players when asked “Who would you rather have blocking for you?”. Almost all of them said Incognito.

    If you never have played football then you don’t understand the brotherhood it creates. You go to war and sweat with your brothers. There’s no room to be soft.

  2. Page 36, Article 4, Subsection D
    “…where the Miami Dolphins standard operating procedures, as written by former General Manager Jeff Ireland, state that once a player’s mental state, whether pre-existing, accelerated, or created by the organization or a member there of, said player shall be traded to an unsuspecting team at the earliest possibility without disclosure.”
    I heard from a person who may or may not have knowledge of the situation that this is disposed in the report.

  3. Ross, Wells and Goodell decided long ago, almost from the very beginning, what “conclusions” will be in the report. It was left to Wells to decide which “facts” he “found” and didn’t find ( that is to say, how he would massage, manipulate, and fabricate ) so as to make the “conclusions” seem remotely reasonable.

    The “conclusions” will be:

    1. Incognito didn’t give coaches and management any reason to believe he was making life miserable for a teammate who was a valuable starter.

    2. Martin didn’t give coaches and management any reason to believe his life was being made miserable by his own teammate.

    3. Coaches and management heard nothing, saw nothing and said nothing.

    4. And, most importantly, there is insufficient evidence that Ross might owe tons of money to Martin in the forthcoming employment discrimination suit.

    It’s all about Ross keeping his bags of dough.

  4. It’s not really a slip of the tongue. If anybody actually believed Martin would be back their intelligence should be in question. Philbin wanted to get rid of Incognito BEFORE this stuff happened. I was surprised he wasn’t cut at the end of camp. If the rookie showed promise (he didn’t), I think Incognito would have been traded or cut.

  5. Dont back down from a lower trade request!!!!! Take what his value is. If you don’t then let him sit in Reserves until you do get something. There is always teams mid-season worth taking chances.

  6. My buddy and I were discussing a few weeks after it happened. We bet Incognito called Jonathan Martin a gay slur. Incognito didn’t know Martin was actually gay, and now I’m predicting Martin will come out as gay. Wouldn’t be shocked at all if this was what this whole thing was about. Its unbelievable how sensitive Americans are becoming.

  7. Is there a team out there that woulda actually trade something for Jon Martin? You think you are getting a draft pick for this headache keep dreaming, Mike Tanenbaum is no longer a GM.

  8. Martin’s career in the NFL is over. No team will ever pick him up after he pulled this and it’s pretty clear that a bully lawsuit is his retirement plan anyway. Good riddance. Too bad he likely ruined Incognito’s career in the process – even if he is a douche. But, hey, collateral damage in the never ending quest of selfishness and greed.

  9. C’mon. We all know what the report is going to say. It will say what all the ‘investigation’ reports say: “After exhaustive investigation and dozens of interviews, our findings were inconclusive but it is not an issue to be ignored so we will be emphasizing to each team the importance of professionalism within the organization.”

    In other words, “we’ll be sending each team a memo to get their people under control because this whole thing sucks PR-wise”. The End.

  10. Just like a Navy Seal team, Army Ranger team, or Marine Expeditionary unit, a football team is a unit. A unit comprised of men who have been forged through unique physicality, determination, opportunity, strength, and years of specialized training. Their problems are solved within the unit. I cant even imagine a member of Seal Team 6 going home to mommy and daddy in the middle of a combat season, because he received offensive voicemails, and was taunted on the training / proving grounds, and mess hall.

    For those who say these things were done in the work place, the units described above are work place environments as well, everyone gets paid.

    There is a sense of code in the special units listed above. Issues are dealt with in house. For this reason, in my opinion, Mr. Martin will find it difficult to find another team. If he does, someone owes Tim Tebow a giant apology

  11. NFLers are supposed to be career professionals being paid millions to create a team atmosphere and cooperation, not blow up up their unit with middle school behavior.

    It’s telling that the last few years the Phins O line was typically 28th or worse in a lot of categories.

  12. Report’s going to say that football players sometimes use bad words and that sometimes they can be vulgar. Something anyone who went to a high school with a football team already knows.

    For Martin to do all this bc of “vulgarity”? I hope for his sake that he’s got a lot more evidence than that.

  13. Football, not even the NFL, is nothing at all like special operations military teams. Nothing. 98% of NFLers couldn’t “make the team” as a SEAL, Ranger, Green Beret or even Marine Recon(though Recon is not technically a SOCOM unit).

    However- you made a good point and those were reasonable examples if not necessarily true.

    IMHO Martin has been using and setting up Incignito all season so he could try to get out of football and make it someone else’s fault. Martin is not a dumb guy. He went to Stanford and comes from a professional family.

    He knew Incognito would fall hook, line and sinker for the “good buddy” scenario and has probably been taping every message
    Inc. left all year til he had what he needed.

    Or, Martin maybe is gay and hit on Incognito after a night out and it went REALLY wrong.

    Who knows? Who cares? If i were Incognito i’d either retire or play one more year then retire. Either way i don’t think Incognito was the source of trouble in this one.

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