MIAMI - Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross released a statement Wednesday after the National Football League appointed Ted Wells as Special Counsel following player misconduct allegations made against lineman Richie Incognito by his teammate, Jonathan Martin.
"I want to thank Commissioner Goodell for moving quickly to appoint Ted Wells as special counsel on this matter. He has an impeccable reputation and we look forward to fully cooperating with the review. We take this situation seriously. As the owner, I am committed to creating a professional environment for all of the members of the Dolphins family. Once the review is completed and I have all of the facts, we will respond accordingly."
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell appointed Wells, a prominent New York-based criminal attorney, to head the review of the Dolphins.
"If the review reveals anything that needs to be corrected, we will take all necessary measures to fix it and make sure this doesn't happen again," said head coach Joe Philbin. "I believe in the men in our locker room and I believe in our coaching staff, and that's exactly what I communicated to them today (Wednesday)."
Philbin said he was unaware of alleged misconduct by Incognito against Martin until Martin's representatives informed the team Sunday evening.
"I think if you would have asked Jon Martin a week before who his best friend on the team was, he would have said Richie Incognito, the first guy to stand up for Jonathan when anything went down on the field, any kind of tussle, Richie was the first guy there," said quarterback Ryan Tannehill. "When they wanted to hang out outside of football, who was together? Richie and Jon."
The central allegation against Incognito involves messages to Martin, including a voice mail in which Incognito allegedly used racial slurs, threatened physical violence, and used the words, "I'll kill you." Martin's representatives have turned materials over to the NFL for the investigation.
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