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In a state with 3 struggling teams, scandal-plagued Dolphins are biggest laughingstock

  • ARCHIVO - Esta foto del 22 de julio del 2013 muestra al jugador de los Dolphins de Miami Jonathan Martin.El nuevo abogado de Martin dice que el hostigamiento al tackle de los Dolphins provino de más de un jugador.(Foto AP/Lynne Sladky)

    ARCHIVO - Esta foto del 22 de julio del 2013 muestra al jugador de los Dolphins de Miami Jonathan Martin.El nuevo abogado de Martin dice que el hostigamiento al tackle de los Dolphins provino de más de un jugador.(Foto AP/Lynne Sladky)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2013 file photo, Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito (68), center left, and  and tackle Jonathan Martin (71), center right, sit on the bench in the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans. About halfway between the start of exhibition games and the Super Bowl, there have been plenty of unwanted story lines. Bullying in the locker room, coaches collapsing, serious injuries to marquee players, the D.C. Council's call on Washington's pro football team to change its name _ examples from the past week alone. (AP Photo/Bill Feig, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2013 file photo, Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito (68), center left, and and tackle Jonathan Martin (71), center right, sit on the bench in the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans. About halfway between the start of exhibition games and the Super Bowl, there have been plenty of unwanted story lines. Bullying in the locker room, coaches collapsing, serious injuries to marquee players, the D.C. Council's call on Washington's pro football team to change its name _ examples from the past week alone. (AP Photo/Bill Feig, File)  (The Associated Press)

In a state where the two other NFL teams are in last place, the Miami Dolphins are the biggest laughingstock of all.

They've become the butt of jokes by late-night comedians, a bad sign for an already floundering franchise. Such quipsters as Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert weighed in on Comedy Central after the Dolphins' bullying scandal struck a national nerve.

While the NFL is serious about investigating tackle Jonathan Martin's allegations of daily harassment by teammates, including Incognito, others are laughing at the dysfunctional Dolphins like never before. That's saying something for a team that has endured four consecutive losing seasons and hasn't won a playoff game since 2000.

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