John Denney, the Miami Dolphins' long snapper and player representative, ripped the NFL's investigation into the team's alleged bullying, saying the issue was "blown out of proportion."
Speaking to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel on Monday at the Jason Taylor Celebrity Golf Classic in Davie, Fla., Denney said of NFL-commissioned report by Ted Wells, "This whole thing nauseates me."
Denney said he didn't read the entire Wells report because he believes it was biased.
"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 told the Sun-Sentinel. "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. ...
"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."
Denney, who recently completed his ninth season with Dolphins, said the 2013 locker room atmosphere was nothing out of the ordinary.
"I was bullied as a rookie, everyone I've seen has been bullied as a rookie," he told the Sun-Sentinel. "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. ...
"I came from BYU, 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."
Wells' report concluded that guards Richie Incognito and John Jerry, and center Mike Pouncey bullied and harassed offensive tackle Jonathan Martin, another young Dolphins lineman and an assistant trainer. Martin eventually walked away from the team, citing an unsafe workplace.
In the wake of the investigation, the Dolphins fired offensive line coach Jim Turner and head trainer Kevin O'Neill, who were both implicated in the bullying scandal.
Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin kept his job, but he said Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, "Some of the facts, the behavior, the language, the facts outlined in the report, it's inappropriate and unacceptable."
He added, "I have to do a better job. I'm going to be more visible. I'm going to have a better pulse."