Miami Dolphins’ Bullying Episode Leads to New Executive HiringsMason Levinson
The Miami Dolphins hired new executives to oversee the team’s human resources and security, two months after a report found that three players engaged in a pattern of harassment of fellow lineman Jonathan Martin.
Dan Caspersen, who was executive vice president for human resources at Toys “R” Us Inc. from 2006-2013, will oversee the National Football League team’s human resources, the Dolphins said yesterday in a news release. Joe Cicini was placed in charge of security following 23 years with the Miami division of the FBI, the team said.
The moves come after a Feb. 14 report by investigator Ted Wells, which found that offensive linemen Richie Incognito, John Jerry and Mike Pouncey persistently taunted fellow lineman Martin and an athletic trainer with racial, sexual and homophobic slurs.
Dolphins coach Joe Philbin and members of the front office weren’t aware of the abuse, the report found. The Dolphins fired assistant coach Jim Turner and trainer Kevin O’Neill following the report. Martin, who left the team during the 2013 season in late October, was traded to the San Francisco 49ers last month.
“We are all committed at this organization to providing a productive and respectful work environment, as well as ensuring the safety and security of all of our employees and fans,” Tom Garfinkel, the Dolphins’ chief executive officer, said in a statement about the hiring of Caspersen and Cicini.
Caspersen managed a human resources staff of 175 people that served more than 120,000 employees at Toys “R” Us, the Dolphins said.
Cicini provided crisis-management training to the NFL and other sports leagues and also organized counter-terrorism programs for special events in the Miami area, the team said in its release.