The main headline of investigator Ted Wells’ report on what went on with tackle Jonathan Martin and his Dolphins teammates this season is that Wells believes offensive linemen Richie Incognito, Mike Pouncey and John Jerry “engaged in a pattern of harassment” toward Martin, another unnamed offensive lineman and an assistant trainer.
As the report unfolds, the way that harassment occurred is documented and the name of offensive line coach Jim Turner continually finds its way into the mix. Text messages from Turner, who was commended for counseling Martin during a previous 2013 bout with anxiety and depression, to Martin urging him to exonerate Incognito in the days following Martin’s departure from the Dolphins and hospitalization are included in the report, which Wells deems to be in good faith but inappropriate.
There’s no good faith mention involved in an allegation by Incognito that Turner was “in on” teasing of offensive lineman Nate Garner or that he gave the unnamed offensive lineman a male blow-up sex doll as a Christmas gift. That player was teased often about being gay by his teammates, although he wasn’t believed to be gay by any of them, and was given the male doll when when other members of the offensive line were given female models. Turner said he couldn’t recall that during an interview with Wells, but several other witnesses recounted the story.
There’s a pattern of that as Turner denied knowledge of other incidents, including witnessing harassment of Martin, that other witnesses had no trouble remembering. Turner allegedly went on to tell coach Joe Philbin that he was not aware of any abusive treatment toward Martin or use of “vulgar names” in the wake of Martin’s departure from the team.
Turner remains on the Dolphins staff, although there could be league discipline or other action from the team resulting from the report. Miami hired former Texans offensive line coach John Benton as an assistant offensive line coach this offseason.
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