Dolphins Fire Coach Accused in Sex Doll Incident

Two fired in wake of Incognito report
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 20, 2014 9:33 AM CST
Dolphins Fire Coach Accused in Sex Doll Incident
In this Nov. 6, 2013, file photo, Miami Dolphins head athletic trainer Kevin O'Neill watches the NFL football team's practice in Davie, Fla.   (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

The Miami Dolphins fired offensive line coach Jim Turner and longtime head trainer Kevin O'Neill yesterday, less than a week after the two were called out in the NFL's damning report on bullying in the team's locker room. Turner not only let Richie Incognito and two other linemen harass their teammates, he sometimes joined in, the report said. In 2012, Turner gave all of the linemen female blow-up sex dolls—except Andrew McDonald, a frequent target of homophobic insults, who got a male doll, Fox Sports reports.

O'Neill, meanwhile, "laughed along and never intervened" when Incognito and company subjected his Japanese assistant to racial slurs. He was also hostile toward the investigation, cutting short an interview for it. Turner has been with the team for two years; O'Neill for 18. They "are good people," Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said in a statement, "but both exhibited poor judgment." Turner may be replaced by former Texans offensive line coach John Benton, who was hired as an assistant earlier this month, observes. (More NFL stories.)

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