Of the four central figures in the Dolphins bullying scandal, three will not be back in Miami this season. But the fourth, center Mike Pouncey, will be back and was unequivocally praised by Dolphins owner Stephen Ross at the league meeting.
It’s no coincidence that Pouncey is the best player of the bunch.
“I think he’s an outstanding young man,” Ross said, via the Miami Herald. “Certainly, an excellent football player. I think he will turn out to be one of the real leaders on our team.”
Pouncey was a leader on the team last year, too, but that often entailed leading teammates in the bullying of Martin, who eventually quit the team because he couldn’t take it anymore. The Ted Wells report on the Dolphins’ bullying didn’t make Pouncey sound like “an outstanding young man.”
But while it’s still possible that Pouncey will be suspended for part of the 2014 season for what he did to Martin, once the NFL gives Pouncey the all-clear, Ross wants him back in a Dolphins uniform.