Jim Turner, who was fired as offensive line coach by the Miami Dolphins two years ago following an investigation into a bullying scandal involving the team's offensive linemen, has been hired as an assistant coach with the Cincinnati Bearcats, according to multiple reports.
Turner follows former Dolphins offensive coordinator Zac Taylor to Cincinnati. Taylor, who joined the Bearcats as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, has worked together with Turner on both the Dolphins and Texas A&M coaching staffs. Taylor is former Aggies coach Mike Sherman's son-in-law, and Turner is Sherman's cousin.
Turner was fired by the Dolphins in February 2014 after his actions were questioned in Ted Wells' 144-page report after his investigation into the team's alleged bullying scandal.
In August last year, Turner filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against Wells and his law firm, Paul Weiss of New York, seeking damages for defamation. Turner believes his reputation and career have been unfairly affected by Wells' report and perhaps permanently altered his ability to land another NFL coaching job.
Wells' report stated that former 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 (Richie Incognito, John Jerry and Mike Pouncey). The report alleged that Turner didn't attempt to stop the harassment and even took part in some of the taunting.
Turner's attorney, Peter Ginsberg, believes that Wells and Weiss failed to include significant testimony from former and current Dolphins coaches and players in the report, opting instead to blame the events on, among others, Turner.
Turner had completed his second season as the Dolphins' offensive line coach when he was fired. Athletics trainer Kevin O'Neill also was fired after Wells' report.
"The language and behavior as described in the Ted Wells report are against the core values of our organization," Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said in a statement when the team announced the firings. "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."
Turner played fullback at Boston College from 1984 to 1987).
Information from ESPN's Adam Schefter was used in this report.