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Tom Brady calls Incognito-Martin situation 'an unfortunate thing'

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com

'We've got a great group of guys, we have great respect for one another,' Brady said. (USATSI)
On Monday night, the Dolphins played like a team distracted by the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin bullying saga that has dominated the news cycle the last week and a half.

Monday Night Football color commentator and former NFL coach Jon Gruden found the whole situation unbelievable, and several players from other teams have said that their locker room experiences have never veered into the territory the Dolphins currently find themselves. One of those players, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, has spent 14 years in one NFL locker room.

"We've got a great group of guys, we have great respect for one another," Brady told WEEI (via CSNNE.com). "It starts with coach [Bill] Belichick and Mr. [Robert] Kraft and Jonathan [Kraft] and the leadership that they bring.

“We don't want to do anything to misrepresent what's going on in our locker room, we want to be good role models, we want to win football games. And I think that's what it comes down to. We show up every day trying to do our job and really not let anything else get in the way of that. Because if there's issues in your locker room, if there's issues that are outside of the realm of your own opponent that you're dealing with, it just takes away from what you're trying to accomplish. Coach Belichick has always done a great job of keeping the players focused on our opponent, and that's where our energy needs to go."

Meanwhile, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross gave second-year coach Joe Philbin a vote of confidence Monday but it's fair to wonder how Philbin could be so out of touch with his own team.

“It's an unfortunate thing," Brady said of the Incognito-Martin situation. "There's been a lot of awareness brought to the situation, based on what's happened down in Miami. But that's their issue to deal with. It's certainly not an issue that any of us Patriots want to deal with. We're not really concerned with that to tell you the truth. We're concerned with how we're going to do our best to prepare to prepare for the biggest challenge of our year this week.”

And while Philbin says that the off-field distractions wouldn't affect the Dolphins' on-field performance, the sobering results say otherwise.

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