Dolphins fire head athletics trainer


The Miami Dolphins have fired long-time head athletics trainer Kevin O'Neill, a fallout from the Ted Wells report concerning workplace harassment, league sources told ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen.

The Dolphins informed O'Neill of his dismissal after he had arrived at the Indianapolis Scouting Combine on Wednesday, according to sources.

The report, released Friday by the NFL investigator stated that Dolphins  offensive lineman Jonathan Martin was subjected to "a pattern of harassment" that included racial slurs and vicious sexual taunts about his mother and sister by three teammates.

The 144-page report said Richie Incognito, who was suspended by the team in November, and fellow offensive linemen John Jerry and Mike Pouncey harassed Martin, while another offensive lineman and an assistant trainer also routinely came under attack, the investigation found.

The investigation states one of O'Neill's assistants, who was born in Japan, was the target of racial slurs from Incognito, Pouncey and Jerry. O'Neill failed to do anything and "allegedly even laughed at some of the racial insults," according to the report.

There is no word on fate of offensive line coach Jim Turner who was aware of some of the harassment involving his offensive linemen toward Martin and failed to do anything about it, according to the Wells report. Turner  did not accompany team to the combine.

Dolphins coach Joe Philbin and the front office  were not aware of the players' mistreatment of Martin, Player A or the assistant trainer, the report determined.