Dolphins owner texts support to Jonathan Martin
Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has delivered his support to offensive tackle Jonathan Martin in the wake of an alleged bullying incident involving indefinitely suspended offensive guard Richie Incognito.
According to ESPN, Ross texted Martin last week.
Martin has been absent from the team to seek counseling and is with his family in California.
Martin has accused Incognito of bullying him, including leaving a racially-charged voice mail on his phone.
Per the report, Ross expressed his commitment to forging a professional environment with the AFC East franchise.
Martin is expected to be interviewed by speciali investigator Ted Wells this week.
"When words are put in a context, I understand why a lot of eyebrows get raised," Incognito told Fox Sports. "But people don't know how Jon and I communicate to one another. For instance, a week before this went down, Jonathan Martin texted me on my phone, 'I will murder your whole f---ing family.'
"Now, do I think Jonathan Martin was going to murder my family? Not one bit. He texted me that. I didn't think he was going to kill my family. I knew that was coming from a brother. I knew it was coming from a friend. I knew it was coming from a teammate."
Later, Martin's lawyer, David Cornwell, sent out a Tweet labeled: "JMart's text 2 Richie Incognito. U decide" that included an image of a woman and a dog with the words words embedded:"I will murder your whole f---ing family."
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.