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Joe Philbin objects to Tony Dungy's characterization of Dolphins' locker room

Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin objects to his locker room being portrayed as a sports version of "Animal House."

Former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy raised the issue in a TV interview with Dolphins offensive tackle Jonathan Martin last week on NBC.

Dungy said he believed that Martin -- who left the team Oct. 28 and accused teammate Richie Incognito and others of harassing him -- could play again "in the right environment and not a place like the Miami locker room."

Dungy said on ESPN's "Mike and Mike" that Philbin called him after the interview aired.

"I said I think Jonathan Martin can play, but he's going to need the right type of locker room," Dungy said. "I did not think the Miami locker room was a good situation for him. Coach Philbin took issue with that and wanted to know what I meant by that. We had a discussion and talked about it."

Last week, Dungy said he listened to voice mails and saw text messages to Martin and said they were "racial, personal, attacking his family. It was a tough, tough situation. I couldn't picture anything like this going on in a locker room I was involved with."

But USA Today later obtained a transcript of about 1,000 text messages between Martin and Incognito. The messages, which USA Today posted Monday night, show that both players used offensive and derogatory language.

Now, Dungy seems a little less certain about what happened to Martin.

"To be honest, I don't know everything," Dungy said. "I know what Jonathan told me in the interview and what he told me when I was talking to him. There's a report coming out probably in the next week and we'll find out a lot of things that went on with both sides."

Incognito's suspension was officially lifted by the Dolphins on Tuesday, but it won't have any bearing on his roster spot. He is a free agent and Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said Incognito will not be brought back to Miami.

In November, Dungy was selected by Ross to participate in a panel that would discuss locker room issues and how to resolve them. The panel has not yet met

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