INDIANAPOLIS -- Miami Dolphins offensive line coach Jim Turner and trainer Kevin O'Neill were fired Wednesday night, casualties of the team's harassment scandal.
Both were criticized sharply by investigator Ted Wells in the NFL report on the bullying allegations of offensive lineman Jonathan Martin.
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross announced the dismissals as the league gathered in Indianapolis for the start of the annual NFL Scouting Combine.
The report, released Friday, said Turner presided over a group of offensive linemen who routinely used vile language and other tactics to harass Martin and others.
Martin's antagonists were identified as Richie Incognito -- whom the team suspended -- Mike Pouncey and John Jerry. Martin quit the team Oct. 28 but remains under contract.
Wells said O'Neill failed to act when one of his assistants was harassed and furthermore seemed amused by it.
"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."
Ross added that he is "in contact with Jonathan Martin and we plan to meet soon."
Coach Joe Philbin was not scheduled to speak at the combine but now is set to meet with the media Thursday morning.
In a statement Wednesday night, he said: "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."
Turner had just completed his second season with the team. He allegedly made homophobic jokes in the locker room and tried to pressure Martin to publicly support Incognito even after Martin left the team and checked into a mental-health facility.
In the Wells report, Turner was accused of lying when he said he could not recall participating in the humiliation of Martin.
Even before the scandal came to light, Turner was under pressure because of the line's dismal play. The Dolphins suffered a franchise-record 58 sacks this season. Offensive coordinator Mike Sherman, who brought Turner with him from Texas A&M, was fired in January.
As for O'Neill, the Wells report determined that he overheard "racist insults" by Incognito, Pouncey and Jerry directed at an assistant athletic trainer of Japanese descent. The report said O'Neill "sometimes laughed along and never intervened."
When Wells traveled to Davie in November to interview players, coaches and team officials, his interview with O'Neill "was cut short because O'Neill expressed hostility toward our investigation," Wells wrote.
O'Neill and Turner were the only non-players criticized in the report. O'Neill reportedly was summoned from a trainers' meeting here Wednesday night and then told he was fired. Turner did not travel with the team to the combine.
O'Neill previously worked at the University of Miami and in Dallas. He came to the Dolphins when Jimmy Johnson was hired as head coach in 1996.
Yet to be determined is whether Pouncey, a Pro Bowl center, will be disciplined. Incognito and Jerry could face NFL suspensions but are free agents and are not expected to return to the Dolphins.
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