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Dolphins become the new poster boys of bad behavior

In Tuesday’s edition of PFT Daily, we suggested that the league’s Personal Conduct Policy is working.

And it very well may be, in every city but Miami.

Alex Marvez, who covered the Dolphins for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel before joining, has penned (or at least typed) a scathing indictment of a man who has sworn off “thugs and hoodlum,” even as he now harbors plenty of them.

This team is oilier than the Gulf of Mexico,” Marvez concludes.

Yes, Steelers fans, your team is off the hook. The Dolphins are now the kings of the police blotter. To make matters worse, the franchise has treated the four arrests since the end of the 2009 season like the gift Fido left on the floor that no one wants to notice for fear of having to clean it up.

Meanwhile, ownership also is ignoring the pile of Tuna surprise that is slowly staining the carpet.

As Marvez points out, the fact that defensive end Philip Merling, the team’s most recent criminal defendant, faces allegations of violence against women should prompt some of the women who own a slice of the team -- including Gloria Estefan, Fergie, and Venus and Serena Williams -- to take a stand.

The team’s refusal to hold misbehaving players accountable is somewhat understandable, given that there’s currently no real consequence for having turds on the team, apart from a fine that’s triggered when the second player in any given year is suspended. As we’ve said many times in the past, NFL teams will take this situation seriously only when violations of the Personal Conduct Policy by players result in a forfeiture of draft picks.

If the league were to adopt a rule like that, there would instantly be no thugs and hoodlums in Miami.