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SBD/November 19, 2013/Franchises
NFL Investigator Ted Wells Begins Interviewing Dolphins Players, Administrators
Published November 19, 2013
HOLD, PLEASE: ESPN.com's Chris Mortensen cited sources as saying that the Dolphins have "requested a delay for suspended guard Richie Incognito's non-football injury grievance against the team while the franchise cooperates with an independent investigation of the alleged violations that led to his suspension." Incognito was "granted an expedited hearing before a neutral arbitrator when he filed a non-football injury grievance late last week." The grievance hearing "is not part of the independent investigation headed by Wells" (ESPN.com, 11/18).
EDUCATION THE ANSWER? In Boston, Gary Washburn noted the Martin-Incognito situation has "exposed a locker room culture that has existed for years, and has left coaches shaking their heads." Middle-aged coaches have "tended to take a hands-off approach to locker-room politics out of respect for the players' territory." But because a player is tenured in the NFL, NBA or MLB "doesn't necessarily make him capable of being a role model." What pro sports teams need is "more education on these topics, including sensitive ones of a racial and sexual nature." Teams should "bring in retired players or those who have experienced racism, sexism, or extreme hazing to speak to the athletes." Pro sports franchises "have enough resources to provide educational courses on some of these uncomfortable subjects" (BOSTON GLOBE, 11/18).