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Miami Dolphins fire two after bullying repot findings

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The Miami Dolphins have confirmed that both offensive line coach Jim Turner and head trainer Kevin O'Neill have been sacked as the fallout from the Ted Wells report continues.

The report revealed incidents of harassment and discrimination at the Dolphins which ultimately led to Richie Incognito's suspension for racially abusing and intimidating team-mate Jonathan Martin, who eventually fled the team.

The incident rocked the sport, and now Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has moved to respond to the findings of the report by removing Turner and O'Neill, who were both mentioned in the report.

Ross also added that while both men 'care' about the franchise, they had 'exhibited poor judgment' which led to the locker room culture in Miami.

"The language and behavior as described in the Ted Wells report are against the core values of our organization," he said in a statement.

"After receiving the report, I conducted my own internal review of the facts to determine the appropriate steps for our organization.

"Jim Turner and Kevin O'Neill are good people who care a great deal about their profession and the players whom they serve, but both exhibited poor judgment at times which led me to this conclusion.

"As owner, I know firsthand of the high-character and dedicated professionals in our building. I believe in our team and know the hard work and sacrifices they make every day on the field and in the community.

"However, this is an opportunity and a teaching moment not only for the coaches, staff and players in our locker room, but also for participants throughout sports."

Dolphins coach Joe Philbin added: "As the Head Coach of the Miami Dolphins, it is my responsibility to create an atmosphere that allows each player the opportunity to reach his full potential.

"As Stephen Ross said, and I agree, the language and behavior outlined in Ted Wells' report was disappointing and unacceptable.

"Since I first arrived in Miami, it has been my goal to have a team which honors our proud tradition and represents our fan base the right way both on and off the field.

"It is not possible for a team to accomplish its goals when the fundamental values of respect are violated. That ultimately rests on my shoulders and I will be accountable moving forward for making sure that we emphasize a team-first culture of respect towards one another."

The news regarding O'Neill in particular has come as something of a shock given that he has been a loyal member of the Dolphins staff for the last 18 years.

Turner's replacement appears to have already been found in John Benton.

Incognito's contract with the Dolphins is up soon and he'll likely be heading to the open market.

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