Jim Turner, the offensive line coach fired by the Miami Dolphins in the wake of the team’s bullying scandal, has hired an attorney who on Thursday released a 24-page document rebutting the Ted Wells Report.
The Dolphins fired Turner after Wells discovered a host of issues, including buying former lineman Andrew McDonald a male blow-up doll after repeated teasing by his teammates that he was gay. (McDonald is straight.)
Turner was also accused of instituting a “Judas concept” (a code against snitching), sending Jonathan Martin inappropriate text messages after Martin left the team, and not being candid with Wells during the NFL investigation.
Turner’s report, written by New York-based attorney Peter Ginsberg, attempts to tackle the accusations, one-by-one. It claims the doll to McDonald was given in jest, and McDonald saw it that way.
Wells’ report, Ginsberg claims, had no evidence that Turner “ever, in any way, discouraged one of his players from approaching him or other staff with a personal problem.”
As for texts sent to Martin, the new report claims they were intended to protect the other members of the offensive line. And Turner had been cooperative with Wells’ team, his attorney said, until “the questioning turned aggressive and accusatory.”
Ginsberg added: “Coach Turner is a good man and a great coach with an excellent reputation among his players. It would be wrong for that reputation to be unfairly tarnished by events leading up to and following Martin’s departure from the team.”
Mike Pouncey won’t play this week. But there were encouraging signs Thursday that his return might not be too far off.
Pouncey, who has been out since June with an injured hip, snapped the ball to quarterbacks during warmups – the first time he has done that this summer during portions of practice open to the media.
Linebacker Chris McCain, meanwhile, was back with the team Thursday after missing the previous two days with an illness. Plus some good news on Philip Wheeler: He will likely play Sunday after missing the opener with a thumb injury. Koa Misi, who injured his ankle in Week 1, will not, however.
Randy Starks spent a second straight practice with his left foot in a boot, as he continues to rehab an injured toe. He practiced on a limited basis Thursday, however, and is expected to play Sunday.
▪ Knowshon Moreno won the FedEx NFL Ground Player of the Week award after rushing for 134 yards against the Patriots.
▪ Ja’Wuan James, Billy Turner and Arthur Lynch this week visited a hospitalized Dolphins fan who has advanced colon cancer.