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Dolphins Fire Assistant Coach, Trainer Following Wells Report

Former Miami Dolphins Offensive Line Coach Jim Turner
The Miami Dolphins fired athletic trainer Kevin O’Neill and offensive line coach Jim Turner five days after an investigator concluded players persistently harassed teammates including Jonathan Martin. Photographer: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Feb. 20 (Bloomberg) -- The Miami Dolphins fired athletic trainer Kevin O’Neill and offensive line coach Jim Turner five days after an investigator concluded players persistently harassed teammates including Jonathan Martin.

The report by Ted Wells, co-chairman of litigation at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, found that Richie Incognito, Mike Pouncey and John Jerry relentlessly taunted Martin, another offensive lineman and an assistant trainer.

One of O’Neill’s assistants, who was born in Japan, was subjected to racial slurs, ESPN said. O’Neill failed to do anything and “allegedly even laughed at some of the racial insults,” ESPN said, citing the Wells report.

“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 an e-mailed statement last night.

Martin left the Dolphins in late October and the team a week later indefinitely suspended fellow lineman Incognito, a ban that lasted through the rest of the National Football League season. Incognito is now a free agent.

O’Neill had been in his role for 18 years, while Turner had been offensive line coach for the past two seasons.

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