As NFL independent investigator Ted Wells tries to sift through the allegations made by Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin and determine whether anyone crossed the line in dealing with him, it won’t simply be teammates whose conduct is scrutinized.
Apart from the lingering question of whether Dolphins coaches issued a proverbial “Code Red” is the question of whether coaches were actively involved in the harassment. As we explained back on November 5, offensive line coach Jim Turner could become a focal point of the investigation. According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, Turner indeed will be.
Per Mortensen, Turner routinely uses “loud, insulting, and profane language” when interacting with players. The question becomes whether Turner specifically targeted Martin for more pointed treatment than other players.
A former Marine, Turner was complimentary of Martin during 2012’s Hard Knocks, saying that Martin is very quiet — and that that’s a good thing.
Regardless, it’s clear that everyone’s potential conduct and behavior to Martin could be scrutinized, and that those specifically implicated by Martin during his seven-hour-plus meeting with Wells.