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Published: Monday, February 24, 2014, 5:01 p.m.

Dolphins’ player union rep rips Wells report, Martin

DAVIE, Fla. — John Denney, the Dolphins’ two-time Pro Bowl deep snapper and union representative, voiced strong opinions on Ted Wells and Jonathan Martin on Monday.
He’s not a fan of either.
“This whole thing nauseates me,” he said.
Denney, speaking after participating in the Jason Taylor Celebrity Golf Classic at Grande Oaks Country Club, stopped just short of saying the Wells report was bogus.
Denney said he didn’t think it was necessary to read the 144-page report.
Denney said Ted Wells, the New York-based attorney hired by the NFL to look into the Dolphins’ Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin bullying saga, was paid to find a problem, so he found a problem.
“You spend three months on it, I think all of us can agree he’s not going to walk out of there and address the table and go, ‘I got nothing, guys. Sorry,’ ” Denney said.
“You’ve got to come up with something. They’re paying you good money to find something. Obviously the problem has risen to the top, it needed to be addressed, and he’s getting paid to address it, so that’s what he’s doing.”
Denney, who isn’t aware of the events that were detailed in the Wells report, gives the document no credibility.
“Ted Wells can go into any one of the 32 teams in the entire league and he’s going to come out with the same investigation, same results, from my perspective,” he said.
Denney, whose brother, Ryan, had a nine-year career as a NFL defensive end for Buffalo (2002-09) and Houston (2010), showed similar disdain for Martin, who stormed out of the team cafeteria on Oct. 28, after a prank by his fellow offensive linemen.
Denney was asked whether he blamed Martin for the Dolphins’ current situation because it might not have occurred if Martin had handled the situation differently.
“I think you just answered your own question,” Denney said.
Denney was then asked to clarify his answer on whether he blamed Martin.
“I think you know the answer to that,” Denney said. “You just answered it. I’m not going to answer that question. It’s a little obvious.”
Asked if Martin would be welcomed back and whether there would be a problem with him being accepted in the locker room, Denney paused for a few seconds and said, “We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.”
Denney, who is known as level-headed and fairly reserved, seemed agitated by every topic related to Martin and the Wells report. Although it’s a hot-button issue in the organization, causing offensive line coach Jim Turner and trainer Kevin O’Neill to lose their jobs, Denney said he hasn’t kept up with the events through the media.
“I think it’s a little too much,” he said.
Asked what specifically he considered too much, Denney was all-encompassing.
“Everything,” he said. “It’s just everything’s been blown out of proportion from my perspective.”
Denney said bullying is no worse now than it was nine years ago when he joined the NFL.
“I was bullied as a rookie, everyone I’ve seen has been bullied as a rookie,” he said. “If this is something that needs to be addressed then it should have been addressed my rookie year because nothing’s changed since Day One that I’ve been in the league.
“It has not escalated, it’s been the same. If it’s bad now, it was bad then.”
Denney said behavior that crosses a so-called line is subjective.
“I came from BYU,” he said, “so when I came into the league the environment was a complete shock to me. It’s not something I was used to, but it’s just what it was.
“And I figured if it’s something I want to deal with, I can deal with it. If it’s not for me, I can walk away. And I felt like it’s something I can manage. It didn’t affect me. But everybody’s different, and everybody’s affected differently.”
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