Jeff Dellenbach: Former Miami Dolphin player reacts to bullying investigation in Miami

Bullying on all levels: high school, college & NFL

BOCA RATON, Fla. - Camaraderie, respect and hard work - that's the foundation Coach Jeff Dellenbach's football team is built on. That's not to say some Boca Raton High School players don't step out of line from time to time.

"People talk about moms and girlfriends and they think they're funny, and sometimes they are. But when people don't laugh you have to diffuse the situation," said Dellenbach.

Dellenbach says bullying does have a place in football, but out on the field and usually aimed at the opposing team. It also happens off the field similar to the alleged text messages and voicemails from Dolphin Richie Incognito to teammate Jonathan Martin.

"I've called individuals in and asked about texts. I tell them they've crossed the line," said Dellenbach.

He says it's never escalated from there. Dellenbach and his staff keep a close eye and ear on the team. Often, bullying is dealt with moments after it happens.

"I've learned over the years that if you make a big deal of it, it escalates. If you subdue it, pull a guy aside and say that's over the boundary," said Dellenbach.

Dellenbach is still close with the coaching staff in Miami and says he is confident they will get to the bottom of this bullying probe.

 

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