Dolphins fire offensive line coach Jim Turner, trainer Kevin O’Neill
The Miami Dolphins fired offensive line coach Jim Turner and head athletics trainer Kevin O’Neill after both were implicated in the Ted Wells report concerning the team’s workplace environment, the team announced Wednesday.
According to the Wells report, Turner was an active participant in the bullying involving Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin.
The 144-page report released last week said Martin was subjected to “a pattern of harassment,” by teammates Richie Incognito, John Jerry and Mike Pouncey. The report said another player and an assistant trainer were harassed as well.
According to the Miami Herald‘s Armando Salguero, O’Neill was flown to Indianapolis for the NFL scouting combine where he was then fired.
“The language and behavior as described in the Ted Wells report are against the core values of our organization,” said Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said in a statement. “After receiving the report, I conducted my own internal review of the facts to determine the appropriate steps for our organization. Jim Turner and Kevin O’Neill are good people who care a great deal about their profession and the players whom they serve, but both exhibited poor judgment at times which led me to this conclusion.
According to the report, one of O’Neill’s assistants, who was born in Japan, was also the target of racial slurs from the three players and that O’Neill failed to intervene and “allegedly even laughed at some of the racial insults.”