TAMPA, Fla. - Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has broken his silence on the bullying scandal that has engulfed his team, saying he's appalled by Jonathan Martin's allegations of daily harassment by teammates.
"I know this is so appalling to me," Ross said. "I know that I'm capable of overreacting. I want to get everyone's feedback because we all know the football locker room is a different workplace than most of us are accustomed to."
Ross says he plans to meet with Martin on Wednesday at an undisclosed location and that he has been in touch with the tackle by text. He says he plans to find out exactly what was going on within the culture of the Dolphins locker room that caused Martin to leave.
"We want to get to the bottom of this," Ross said. " We want to hear what the real facts are because there's been so much said and done to date. But I don't think anyone knows what's happened because no one has spoken with Jonathan Martin."
The owner vowed before Monday night's game between the Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers to get to bottom of the allegations and create a locker room culture that "suits the 21st century.
Ross was joined by team president and chief executive officer Tom Garfinkel.
The NFL is investigating Martin's allegations against teammates, including Richie Incognito. Martin is with his family in California to undergo counseling for emotional issues. Incognito has been suspended indefinitely.
"I think the world has changed with social media and everything today, but one thing that has not changed -- there will not be racial slurs or harassing or bullying in that workplace in that locker room and outside the locker room," Ross said.
Many have speculated that the scandal could cost Head Coach Joe Philbin his job, or possibly General Manager Jeff Ireland, but for now, Ross wants the facts before he takes any action.
"I apologize to the fans for being in this position, but I know we will come out of this as a better organization," Ross said.
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