The players’ union representative from the Miami Dolphins says the fallout from their bullying scandal is overblown because every NFL team has a similar locker-room culture.
Long snapper John Denney, a nine-year veteran, said Monday he hadn’t read the investigative report on the Dolphins case. But any harassment among players is nothing new, he said.
“It’s overblown, because this has been my experience with the league my entire career from Day 1,” Denney said in a telephone interview. “If something needed to be done, it needed to be done a long time ago. It has never escalated. I never saw conditions worsen. I guess we’re late in getting to the issue.
“I would be comfortable in saying if you put an investigation on any of the 32 teams in the NFL, you’re going to come out with the exact same results.”
In a report released Feb. 14, investigators found guard Richie Incognito and two other offensive linemen engaged in persistent harassment directed at tackle Jonathan Martin, another offensive lineman and an assistant trainer.
Denney, at 35 the Dolphins’ oldest player, said behavior among players was no different last year than when his NFL career began in 2005. Bullying of rookies was common then, too, he said.
“When I came into the league, I assumed I was going to accept it or find a different line of work,” Denney said. “I don’t agree with the lifestyles of some of guys on the team, but if I have an issue, I can address it with individual people. If I felt uncomfortable with a situation, I would address it or find something else to do.”
RAIDERS: Signed special teams standout Taiwan Jones to a three-year extension that keeps him under contract through 2017.
BEARS: Re-signed safety Derrick Martin and center Taylor Boggs to one-year contracts.
WINSTON HONORED: If Jameis Winston needed any more validation of his decision to play two major college sports, the Heisman Trophy winner from Florida State found it Monday when he accepted the Manning Award as the top quarterback in college football.
Archie Manning, for whom the award is named, also was a two-sport athlete at Mississippi. Similar to Winston, Manning played football and baseball, the main difference being that Manning played shortstop, while Winston is a relief pitcher and part-time outfielder.
“It was kind of hard to juggle, I guess, but it was fun,” Manning said. “I loved playing college baseball.
“I admire him for doing that,” Manning continued. “To be able to get to do both, I think, is a great experience.”
TEXAS A&M: Freshman defensive lineman Isaiah Golden was freed on $2,000 bond after a weekend arrest for marijuana possession.
Bryan police say the 19-year-old Golden was arrested Saturday night at an apartment complex. Details of the misdemeanor arrest were not immediately available.
RUTGERS: Former quarterback Mike Teel and Michael Zuckerman have been hired as graduate assistant coaches.