Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Dolphins fire two staffers in wake of Wells report


It was only a matter of time before the Miami Dolphins parted ways with offensive line coach Jim Turner, given his alleged involvement in the "harassment" of several players, as documented in Ted Wells' report.

The team didn't bring him along to scout at the Combine in Indianapolis, though they did bring trainer Kevin O'Neill. O'Neill, however, wasn't necessarily safe.

The Dolphins announced the firings of both Turner and O'Neill Wednesday.

"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," Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said in a statement. ". . . 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."

According to The Miami Herald, O'Neill believes he was inaccurately characterized in the report and is "shocked" that the team let him go after bringing him on the trip to Indy.

O'Neill's reaction is understood, as it's a little strange the organization would wait until after he traveled to the Combine with other staff members, including coach Joe Philbin and new general manager Dennis Hickey, if he was just going to be let go, anyway.

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