Report: Dolphins' line coach gave male blow-up doll to lineman alleged to be gay
Miami Dolphins offensive line coach Jim Turner allegedly pressured offensive tackle Jonathan Martin to issue a statement defending offensive guard Richie Incognito after the reports came out that Incognito was bullying Martin.
Turner allegedly teased offensive lineman Nate Garner and gave an unnamed offensive lineman a blow-up sex doll while other players were given female blow-up dolls
Turner told investigator Ted Wells he didn't remember that happening, but others corroborated the story and the report concluded that Turner was lying.
Turner repeatedly texted Martin, according to the report.
"On November 2, after media stories appeared alleging that Martin had been bullied by Incognito, Coach Turner began sending Martin text messages that urged him to defend Incognito in a public statement. Martin responded to one, but then stopped communicating with Turner, who continued to pressure him to “DO THE RIGHT THING” for several days afterward, as shown below: November 2, 2013.":
Turner: Richie incognito is getting hammered on national TV. This is not right. You could put an end to all the rumors with a simple statement. DO THE RIGHT THING NOW.
Martin: Coach. I want to put out a statement. Believe me I do. This thing has become such a huge story somehow. But I've been advisednot to... And I'm not supposed to text anyone either cuz last time I responded to a teammate (Richie) I was intentionally manipulated and the conversation was immediately forwarded to a reporter.
Turner: He is protecting himself. He has been beat up for 4 days. Put an end to this. You are a grown man. Do the right thing
Turner: John I want the best for you and your health but make a statement and take the heat off Richie and the lockerroom. This isn’t right.
November 3, 2013
Turner: I know you are a man of character. Where is it?
November 6, 2013
Turner: It is never to late to do the right thing!
"Turner sent these text messages to Martin knowing that Martin had hospitalized himself in connection with a mental health condition, and in the face of public reports indicating that Martin’s emotional condition may have been a reaction to his teammates’ bullying and abusive behavior," Ted Wells wrote in his report.
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.