Teams are on trial because of Dolphins fiasco

Raptors Amir Johnson attempts to get past the Heat's Rashard Lewis at the ACC last night. Johnson...

Raptors Amir Johnson attempts to get past the Heat's Rashard Lewis at the ACC last night. Johnson detests bullying and says teammates should support each other. (MICHAEL PEAKE/QMI Agency)

STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

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Erik Spoelstra paused for a second, took in the question, and realized that all of sport is now on trial.

In a very personal way. In every locker room. And every team. In every sport.

“I’ll tell you this, it’s something we have to be aware of now,” said the coach of the most successful franchise in professional sport, the back-to-back champion Miami Heat.

Just a highway away from where the Heat practice, the Miami Dolphins are under the spotlight for the garish, crude, mean and very personal exchanges between Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin, the offensive lineman who were supposed to be teammates and friends.

They were supposed to be comrades, buddies on the offensive line, and the language that was going around was the kind you might hear in any locker room in professional sport — only this was worse.

 


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