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Tony Dungy Criticized For Not Being Strong Enough In Interview With Jonathan Martin

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Dungy serves on a Dolphins committee reviewing the team's standards of behavior
Former Dolphins OT Jonathan Martin's full interview with Tony Dungy, which was yesterday teased on NBC's "Today" before airing in its entirety last night on NBCSN, was "disappointing in many regards, largely because of Martin's unwillingness to offer details" into the bullying allegations against teammate Richie Incognito and Dungy's "reluctance to ask key questions," according to Barry Jackson of the MIAMI HERALD. Dungy "never asked Martin who harassed him" besides C Mike Pouncey, "or who viciously attacked him." Dungy did ask three separate times whether Martin was friends with Incognito, but Martin "would not answer directly." Martin "seemed excessively cautious and scripted and less than convincing at times," and he "seemed most concerned with trying to sell himself to NFL teams" (MIAMIHERALD.com, 1/29). In Ft. Lauderdale, Dave Hyde writes it was a "bad interview" by Dungy. While Dungy is "not an interviewer," he "didn't press Martin on key points -- why he couldn't tell teammates to stop, why didn't he go to [Dolphins coach] Joe Philbin, how much were his emotional problems playing into this?" Hyde: "Dungy did an awful job demanding Martin give some straight and detailed answers. That's a responsibility that fell on him as Martin talked for the first time" (SUN-SENTINEL.com, 1/30). Meanwhile, blogger Ed Sherman wrote Dungy "might have been the wrong choice" to do the interview for NBC because he "serves on a special Miami committee to review the Dolphins standards of behavior and make recommendations in the wake of" the Martin-Incognito situation. Dungy was brought in by Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross and "will begin work on the committee when the NFL investigation is complete." Sherman: "If you follow the rules of journalism, Dungy probably shouldn't have been the person to do that interview" (SHERMANREPORT.com, 1/29).
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