Can't provide the links, but apparently O'Neill did express some concerns to upper management, although not Philbin, about what he noticed. He also told Wells that he did not want answer questions because he didn't want to lose the trust of other players, and that trust is absolutely necessary for a trainer to do his job. There are also reports that when he was fired -- I think Dawn Aponte was the one that broke the news to him -- he was asked if he had anything to say, to which his response was "you'll be hearing from my lawyers" or something to that effect. Yes, it's hearsay, but so is virtually everything about this case.
The more and more I read about this, the more disgusted I am getting with Ross and Aponte. I understand that they had to do damage control when it first broke, and I have no problem with them cutting ties with Incognito, and even letting him be the fall guy, because he largely deserves it. But in the end, and what no one is even disputing, including the Wells report, is that Martin was uniquely sensitive by NFL standards. Yes, what Incognito did would intimidate a lot of people in virtually every other work environment, but an NFL locker room is not the same. And unfortunately, it looks very much like Ross is going to take the advice of people that are saying that it is. I am extremely worried that the players will believe that Ross will do anything to save his own ass in polite society and will throw them under the bus if necessary. It's much more plausible than other players -- especially free agent veterans that can choose where they get to play -- will be more afraid of that than being "bullied" by anyone.
Just think about it. A trainer that had been with the team for 18 years that every other player liked and was highly respected around the league was unceremoniously fired, because the team's owner did not back him up against claims that he laughed at a racial joke (which is nothing worse than you used to hear and laugh at on Howard Stern every day) and that he didn't want to talk in great detail with some grand inquisitor because he didn't want to lose the trust of the players (or, you could say, patients). If I'm a player, I'm thinking the second I get accused of something, upper management will not have my back.
And if Martin comes back, it won't be the "final straw", but I will have very little interest in watching Dolphins games anymore until they actually prove they can win consistently. Woody Johnson gets a lot of crap from fans and media types, but, at bottom, the most important thing to him putting a winning team on the field, even if perhaps he's not that good at it. Ross is starting to look like he's more concerned with irrelevancies such as team culture and political correctness. That makes for a bland company that sells widgets, not a football team.
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