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“It’s overblown, because this has been my experience with the league my entire career from Day One,” Denney said in a telephone interview. “If something needed to be done, it needed to be done a long time ago. It has never escalated. I never saw conditions worsen. I guess we’re late in getting to the issue.
“I would be comfortable in saying if you put an investigation on any of the 32 teams in the NFL, you’re going to come out with the exact same results.”
In a report released Feb. 14, investigators found guard Richie Incognito and two other offensive linemen engaged in persistent harassment directed at tackle Jonathan Martin, another offensive lineman and an assistant trainer.
“When I came into the league, I assumed I was going to accept it or find a different line of work,” Denney said. “I don’t agree with the lifestyles of some of guys on the team, but if I have an issue, I can address it with individual people. If I felt uncomfortable with a situation, I would address it or find something else to do.”
“I saw a few pages of it,” Tannehill said. “I got overwhelmed by 140-and-whatever pages and skipped it. I’m just glad it’s out. The evaluations and summaries have been made, the points have been taken and now we can move forward. There’s no more being anxious about it coming out. We’ve had the consequences and repercussions, and now we can put it in the past and move forward.”
The Dolphins fired offensive line coach Jim Turner and longtime head athletic trainer Kevin O’Neill for their roles in the scandal, and coach Joe Philbin pledged to improve the workplace culture.
NFL punishment of players who engaged in harassment may be forthcoming in the form of fines, suspensions or both. Tannehill could find him playing behind an entirely new line to start the 2014 season.
Even so, he considers fallout from the scandal in the past.
“I think it’s behind us at this point,” he said. “Obviously we’ll try to learn from it and correct things coach Philbin and the coaching staff feel need to be changed. We want to have a healthy locker room.”
Tannehill, a starter since the first game of his rookie season in 2012, was a member of the team’s leadership council last season. But at 25, he said he’s still growing into the role of a leader.
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