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Report: Dolphins coach calls Richie Incognito story 'overblown'

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com


Richie Incognito has been suspended indefinitely by the Dolphins. (USATSI)
Days after Jonathan Martin left the Dolphins amid allegations he was bullied by teammate Richie Incognito, the NFL launched an investigation into the Dolphins' locker room culture. The conclusion of that investigation could lead to changes in the organization, although coach Joe Philbin's job appears safe after owner Stephen Ross publicly supported him in a Monday news conference.

But not everyone is convinced that what Incognito did is any different than the hazing that goes on in the 31 other NFL locker rooms. Many of Incognito's teammates have come to his defense, and according to the Miami Herald's Adam Beasley, one Dolphins coach was overheard saying Wednesday, “This is the most overblown story ... Everybody knows Richie [Incognito] has a past.”

This is a variation of the argument others have made: Incognito's issues -- both on and off the field -- aren't a secret and any team that signs him knows exactly what they're getting.

Ross clearly disagrees, saying he was "appalled" by the situation, adding: "I think it's very important that we have a locker room and a work environment where every voice can be heard. Obviously there was a voice that we weren't hearing."

Ross has also formed a task force of former players and coaches to improve the Dolphins' locker room culture. The members include Dungy, Don Shula, Dan Marino, Jason Taylor and Curtis Martin.

"Certain things are going to happen. It's where you draw the line," the owner said earlier this week. "I think the world has changed. One thing that will not change: there will not be any racial slurs or harassing or bullying in that locker room or outside that locker room."

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