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POSTED November 12, 2013 12:25 a.m.

MIAMI (AP) — 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.

Even Spirit Airlines poked fun on its website.

“Don’t be bullied by high fares. Fly Incognito out of Florida or any place for that matter,” read an advertisement by the South Florida-based business.

Give Dolphins players credit: They can take a joke.

“So I see Spirit Airline got jokes lol,” tackle Bryant McKinnie tweeted.

This is no laughing matter. Martin will meet late this week with the NFL’s special investigator to discuss the allegations.

Stewart and Colbert both joked about the name of Miami’s Pro Bowl guard turned national villain.

“Has there ever been a less apt name for a person than Incognito?” Stewart said on “The Daily Show.”

“The Colbert Report” noted a lunchroom prank by Martin’s teammates that he took as a last straw, prompting him to leave the club two weeks ago. “I bet they also made fun of him for wearing clothes with dolphins on them,” Colbert said.

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