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Also in question is the team’s role in a May 2012 incident involving Incognito. A police report said a female volunteer at a Dolphins charity golf tournament complained that Incognito harassed her, but he wasn’t charged, and news of the case surfaced only last week.

Incognito, 30, has declined to say whether coaches ordered him to toughen up Martin, a second-year pro from Stanford.

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.

Ross apologized to Dolphins fans “for being in this position. I know we will come out of this as a better organization.”