Posted February 19, 2014

Dolphins fire offensive line coach Jim Turner, trainer Kevin O’Neill

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Dolphins head trainer Kevin O'Neill, (right) was reportedly fired after 18 years with the team.. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Miami Dolphins head trainer Kevin O’Neill (right) was fired after 18 years with the team. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

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.”

ROSENBERG: Goodell needs to send message and eliminate culture of harassment


11 comments
bcrd500
bcrd500

Miami needs to fire the entire coaching staff. If the head coach did not know, he needs to be fired for lack of attention and if he did know then he has approved the bullying situation. Either way, all of the coaches need to go just to clear the air.

woodyhaze
woodyhaze

So the fallout continues based on one crybaby who, based on his gynecologist's report, has always suffered from a complete lack of testosterone.   But now everybody needs to adjust to her way of life instead of the other way around.

WarrenSappSucked
WarrenSappSucked

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Cool
Cool

Those dang trainers will bring down a team every time... coaches have no bearing on how a team acts or performs.. just those dang trainers.  I bet the Owner and GM are clicking their champagne glasses and winking.. thinking they have just pulled the wool over every ones eyes.  

rma101560
rma101560

Until they fire Philbin and the O-line coach, the toxic environment won't change.  

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

Yes, he deserved it.

But unless other heads roll, he's just a convenient, "disposable" (how pro sports teams seem to regard support staff) scapegoat.

WarrenSappSucked
WarrenSappSucked

too late. should have happened years ago. miami still sucks. haven't fired the o linesman coach yet. shows you how pathetic the team is.

Cool
Cool

@woodyhaze  Sounds like you are able to relate to the crybaby.    Now you come here like  crybaby hoping every one adjust to your way of life as a lonely, loser, troll.