Over the last 10 days, the developing saga regarding Miami Dolphins offensive linemen Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito has sent shock waves through the NFL and its fanbase.
Shortly before Miami's Week 10 Monday Night Football showdown with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, owner Stephen Ross addressed the highly publicized issues for the first time. He apologized to the fans, expressed his support for Martin, a new committee to help clean up the culture of the locker room and what he plans on doing with the currently suspended Incognito.
While several Dolphins players made headlines in the middle of last week by proclaiming their allegiance to Incognito, Ross began his press conference by making clear his support for Martin, via SportsCenter's Twitter feed:
Ross went on to say that he has yet to meet face-to-face with the second-year tackle out of Stanford, who left the team last week. However, the two have texted and there are plans for a meeting later this week, via CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora and NFL.com's Jeff Darlington:
As for Incognito, who attempted to clear his name in an interview with Fox Sports' Jay Glazer on Sunday, the jury is still out.
Instead of rushing to make a decision, Ross is waiting to hear all of the facts from this bizarre, twisting-and-turning story before deciding on the veteran's future with the team, per NFL.com's Albert Breer:
Nevertheless, while there are still developments coming as to what happens with Martin and Incognito, the 73-year-old owner made it clear that definite changes are coming to the Dolphins locker room.
From NFL.com's Ian Rapoport:
In order to help create a new code of conduct, Ross is organizing an impressive five-man committee:
Don Shula is a legendary figure in Miami, Dan Marino is one of the most prolific quarterbacks of all time and spent his entire NFL career with the Dolphins and Jason Taylor established himself as one of the best pass-rushers ever during his time with the franchise.
Former head coach Tony Dungy and former running back Curtis Martin don't have as strong of connections to the Dolphins, but they are highly respected figures around the league.
Ross also went on to praise head coach Joe Philbin for how he has handled the entire situation, but as Rapoport pointed out, he curiously didn't mention general manager Jeff Ireland:
It appears that Ireland may be a target of the NFLPA according to Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post:
Whether that might be a foreshadowing of things to come is unknown at this point, but either way, Ross seems to have a strong hold on what has been a difficult situation.