The Miami Dolphins fired two employees Wednesday who were tied to the bullying scandal involving Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin.
Jim Turner, who coached the offensive linemen (including Incognito and Martin), and Kevin O’Neill, the longtime head athletic trainer, were fired in the first discipline handed down by the team since an independent investigation found “a pattern of harassment.”
O’Neill was fired shortly after he arrived in Indianapolis for the NFL scouting combine and Turner did not travel with team officials to Indy.
“After receiving the report, I conducted my own internal review of the facts to determine the appropriate steps for our organization,” owner Stephen Ross said in a statement released by the team. “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.”
Incognito, John Jerry and Mike Pouncey, also linemen, were found to have harassed Martin, lineman Andrew McDonald and an assistant trainer. The situation came to light when Martin abruptly left the team in late October and Incognito was suspended for the final eight games. The report by attorney Ted Wells determined that Turner did not stop the harassment and participated in some of it. O’Neill, according to the report, was dismissive of the investigation and cut short an interview with investigators.
So far, no discipline beyond his in-season suspension has been handed down to Incognito, who will become a free agent next month and will not, Ross has said, return to the Dolphins.
Dolphins Coach Joe Philbin is expected to take questions from the media for the first time since Wells’ report was released Thursday morning in Indianapolis. The report did not indicate that he had any knowledge of the harassment.