Monday, March 22, 2010
Ross: Dolphins still value character
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins have faced recurring headlines lately the feature their players getting into trouble with the law.
Star running back Ronnie Brown reportedly became the second Dolphin arrested for driving under the influence in the past month and the third player taken into custody in the past six weeks.
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross insisted he and football operations boss Bill Parcells still place a high importance on integrity.
"You don't want to see it happen," Ross said Monday at the NFL owners meetings at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes. "When I first met Bill and we were talking, I asked him where character fit in with the players and what he wanted on the team. And he said 'It all starts there.' I think he feels that way today. I know he's as disappointed as I am. I feel the same way. I know he does."
Last month, defensive tackle Tony McDaniel was arrested for domestic violence, and cornerback Will Allen was arrested for DUI.
Details on Brown's arrest have been hazy. No major news outlet has been able to confirm the Miami Herald's original report yet.
Dolphins chief executive officer Mike Dee advised caution.
"Obviously, everybody's concerned," Dee said. "But especially with the latest one, the facts are not known at this time. Everybody is taking a wait-and-see attitude."