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Miami Dolphins quarterback: Time to move on from bullying scandal

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Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill says that his team have put the bullying scandal behind them - and admits he didn't read the entire Ted Wells report into the locker room culture in Miami.

The Dolphins were rocked by scandal when accusations of bullying and racism were levelled against offensive lineman Richie Incognito, who is alleged to have taken his 'hazing' so far that team-mate Jonathan Martin was forced to flee the team in October 2013.

Since then Incognito has been suspended while an investigation was conducted and NFL independent investigator Ted Wells' report was published.

That report found that Incognito, along with team-mates John Jerry and Mike Pouncey engaged in a "pattern of harassment" directed at Jonathan Martin, whose treatment at the hands of his colleagues bore "many hallmarks of a classic case of bullying".

Since its release, Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has fired offensive line coach Jim Turner and long-time head trainer Kevin O'Neill for 'exhibiting poor judgment" during the incident.

Now Tannehill is trying to move on from the incident which has dominated headlines over the past few months.

When asked what he made of the Ted Wells report he said: "I saw a few pages of it. I got overwhelmed by 140-and-whatever pages and skipped it. I'm just glad it's out".

He then added of its findings: "The evaluations and summaries have been made, the points have been taken and now we can move forward.

"There's no more being anxious about it coming out. We've had the consequences and repercussions, and now we can put it in the past and move forward. I think it's behind us at this point."

With the likes of Incognito and Jerry out of the picture, Tannehill says he will be taking a more central role in the Dolphins locker room - which he insists is 'healthy' - in the new season.

"You definitely get more comfortable speaking up at certain times," he said. "You have the respect.

"That's the big thing, having the other guys' respect in the locker room. You can't come in with no respect and try to own the place. At this point, hopefully I have some respect ... and now I can assert myself."

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