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SBD/February 4, 2014/Media
NBC Says Martin Contacted Dungy Directly For Interview As Criticism Continues
Published February 4, 2014
PLACING BLAME? ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported Dungy following the interview "found himself on the receiving end of a somewhat confrontational phone call" from Dolphins coach Joe Philbin, who believed Dungy "blamed him for not creating a hazing free environment for Martin and other Dolphin players” (“Sunday NFL Countdown,” ESPN, 2/2). Dungy said, “It really wasn’t confrontational. Coach Philbin saw the piece on the ‘Today’ show and where I said at the end, ‘I think Jonathan Martin can play, but he’s going to need the right type of locker room.’ I didn’t think the Miami locker room was a good situation for him. And Coach Philbin took issue with that and wanted to know what I meant by that. We had a discussion and talked about it” (“Mike & Mike,” ESPN Radio, 2/4).
WELLS REPORT EXPECTED THURSDAY: NFL.com's Michael Silver cited a source as saying that the report by special investigator Ted Wells on the Dolphins bullying case is "expected to be delivered Thursday" (TWITTER.com, 2/2). Meanwhile, in Miami, Armando Salguero noted the committee created by Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross to "address some of the problems he perceived to exist within his team" has "never met." It has "no agenda," and there is "no schedule to meet." Sources said that it is "possible that committee may not ever meet." Committee members, which include Dungy and former Dolphins Dan Marino and Jason Taylor, "have not gotten even one phone call relative to information on the committee" (MIAMIHERALD.com, 2/2).