Dolphins Make More Changes to Coaching Staff


4  Updated at 4:45 am, February 20th, 2014 By: ABC Digital
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Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(MIAMI) —  The fallout from the Ted Wells report continues.

The Miami Dolphins have fired offensive line coach Jim Turner and long-time head athletics trainer Kevin O’Neill, the team announced Wednesday. Both Turner and O’Neill were mentioned in the report concerning workplace harassment.

Firing O’Neill and Turner were the first steps taken by the Dolphins since a report on the NFL’s investigation of the case was released last week.

Turner spent two years as the team’s offensive line coach, while O’Neill had been with the organization for 18 years.

“The language and behavior as described in the Ted Wells report are against the core values of our organization,” said Dolphins owner Stephen Ross 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.”

O’Neill had already arrived in Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine when the team informed him of his dismissal, according to ESPN. Turner did not have plans to attend the combine.

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  • Peter gelezius

    All because some wimp could not take a little ribbing. I did not expect sensitivity training in a pro football locker room.

    • Jerick

      The guy was being picked on by a whole team of guys just as big or bigger then him. This isn’t kids going at it on the playground. These are adults. No recourse available to him since the coaches were apparently part of the problem.

      You are uniformed and quite stupid to call him a wimp. Then again- why don’t you just perform a thought experiment- imagine yourself (bigger and stronger than real life mind you) and surround yourself with 40+ similarly oversized individuals with something against you.

      • Peter gelezius

        It has been widely reported that the guy had mental problems and had his feelings hurt easier than most. Further,he joined in on the banter on more than one occasion. Last but not least,anyone who sticks his nose into what goes on in a locker room is to put it politely, strange

        • Jerick

          Whatever – you fail to even acknowledge the situation. No matter how tough you think you are, when outnumbered and assaulted- even if only verbally- by NFL players you would be worried too. Thats what happened.