Dolphins coach Philbin vows to create 'a better workplace'

Thu Feb 20, 2014 2:32pm EST
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(Reuters) - Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin has pledged to create a "better workplace" inside the team locker room in his first public comments since an independent report by the NFL last week detailed a pattern of bullying.

A 144-page report by independent investigator Ted Wells released six days ago found that Richie Incognito and two team mates had engaged in repeated harassment against the Dolphins' Jonathan Martin and two others.

The report also named Miami players John Jerry and Mike Pouncey as offenders and said another young Dolphins offensive lineman and an assistant trainer were also targets.

"We're going to do things about it, we're going to make it better," Philbin told reporters on Thursday, the first full day of the league's annual scouting combine in Indianapolis.

"We're going to look at every avenue, we're going to uncover every stone and we're going to have a better workplace. I promise you that. I'm going to make sure that happens.

"When I read the report ... some of the facts, the behavior and the language that was outlined in the report is inappropriate and it's unacceptable."

Offensive tackle Martin voluntarily left the club in October and said afterwards that he had been subjected to harassment, which Wells said included racial slurs and sexual taunts about his mother and sister.

Fellow lineman Incognito was subsequently suspended by the team stemming from Martin's complaint.

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Oct 20, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin looks on during the first half agains the Buffalo Bills at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports - RTX14I3Z