“I want to hear the facts,” the owner said, adding that he’d also like to meet with Incognito.
“He deserves to be heard,” Ross said of the suspended guard.
The 6-foot-5, 312-pound Martin left the team two weeks ago. His attorney has alleged that Martin was harassed daily, and Incognito acknowledged leaving a voicemail for Martin in April in which he used a racist term, threatened to kill his teammate and threatened to slap Martin’s mother.
Ross’s reaction as the scandal mushroomed?
“I was appalled,” the owner said. “I think anybody would be appalled. When you first read that text that was reported, to me I didn’t realize people would talk or text or speak that way to people.”
The 6-3, 319-pound Incognito has long been labeled one of the NFL’s dirtiest players with a reputation for out-of-bounds behavior off the field. But this season he was a member of the player leadership council, raising questions about the role of Philbin, his staff and Miami management in the case.
The scandal is the latest public-relations headache for Ross since he became majority owner of the Dolphins in 2009. They’ve endured four consecutive losing seasons, their longest such streak since the 1960s, and often play in a half-empty stadium, their local popularity eclipsed by the Miami Heat.
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AP Sports Writer Steve Wine in Miami contributed to this report.