NFL Tells Stephen Ross Not to Meet With Jonathan Martin
On his Monday Night Football interview with ESPN, Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross revealed that he had reached out to Jonathan Martin via text and that the two were scheduled to meet Wednesday.
But the NFL has stepped in and told Ross to postpone that meeting while it investigates the bullying allegations made against Richie Incognito.
The NFL has hired New York attorney Ted Wells as an independent investigator and wants him to meet with Martin before Ross does.
Ross and Dolphins CEO Tom Garfinkel had planned to fly to California to meet with Martin, but with the NFL set to start its investigation with Wells, it's probably best that this meeting is postponed.
"Ted Wells and the National Football League have asked that we delay our meeting with Jonathan Martin until they have the opportunity to meet with him," Garfinkel said in a statement. "Out of deference to the process, we will cooperate with their request. We look forward to meeting with Jonathan as soon as possible."
Martin is scheduled to meet with Wells on Friday.
While Martin has yet to speak publicly on the matter, his attorney has said his client has been a victim of abuse and violence by his Dolphins teammates.
"I was appalled," Ross told ESPN on Monday when asked about how he felt when first hearing of the alleged message Incognito left Martin in which he called him a "half-n***er."
"I think anybody would be appalled. When you first read that text that was reported, to me I didn't realize people would talk, text, or speak that way."
Ross then said he had put together a blue-ribbon committee to see about cleaning up the Dolphins' locker room.
Some of the more prominent names being asked to join the committee include Dan Marino, Tony Dungy, Don Shula, Jason Taylor, and Curtis Martin.
Send your story tips to the author, Chris Joseph.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you'll never miss New Times Broward-Palm Beach's biggest stories.