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Panthers’ Steve Smith: Dolphins hazing a head-scratcher

Steve Smith said some of the reports out of the Miami Dolphins’ locker room in the past two weeks have been head-scratching.

Reports of Richie Incognito bullying and hazing Jonathan Martin – from bullying Martin into paying $15,000 for a trip to threatening voicemails to holding position meetings in strip clubs – had Smith comparing the Miami situation to a forest fire that someone walks by and dumps gasoline on.

“Meetings at the strip club and getting fined for not participating,” Smith said. “I’ve never heard of that, ever. But it was going on and there were people that allowed it to happen and people who attended.

“We have a lot of fun in this locker room, but we also respect each other’s space and respect each other and I think that’s the most important part. I think everybody takes that very seriously.”

Smith, a 13-year veteran and the most tenured Panther, said he bought donuts for the receivers during his rookie year and carried the occasional helmet. On away games he would take food orders, sometimes paying with his own money and other times collecting money from teammates.

Smith said that when the Panthers played in Tampa in Week 8, he paid for the wide receivers’ dinner, and that at some point the favor will be returned.

“There are other times we went to dinner and somebody else has paid,” Smith said. “It’s a turn. Everybody takes turns. As far as making a guy pay for dinner on an everyday basis, I don’t think that’s right. And I think that’s the difference.

“In our room, everybody has paid for a meal. We’re not putting it one guy.”

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