The Dolphins on Wednesday fired offensive line coach Jim Turner and head athletic trainer Kevin O’Neill, five days after both were implicated in Ted Wells’ report about the team’s bullying scandal. The decisions were made by team owner Stephen Ross, who had spent the past few days deliberating. O’Neill was not informed until he arrived at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis because Ross wasn’t ready to make a decision before then. Turner had not accompanied the staff to Indianapolis. “The language and behavior as described in the Ted Wells report are against the core values of our organization,” 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. … This is an opportunity and a teaching moment not only for the coaches, staff and players in our locker room, but also for participants throughout sports.” Coach Joe Philbin, in a statement, did not address the firings but said he agrees with Ross that “the language and behavior outlined in Ted Wells’ report was disappointing and unacceptable. … It is not possible for a team to accomplish its goals when the fundamental values of respect are violated. That ultimately rests on my shoulders and I will be accountable moving forward for making sure that we emphasize a team-first culture of respect towards one another.” Wells concluded that Turner — who was the Dolphins’ offensive line coach the past two seasons, his first NFL job — was not forthright during his interview, participated in the taunting of a Dolphins player and repeatedly urged Jonathan Martin to make a comment defending Richie Incognito after Martin left the team.
Dolphins fire offensive line coach Jim Turner, head athletic trainer Kevin O’Neil
Miami Herald | Feb 20