Former Dolphins Coach Jim Turner to File Defamation Lawsuit: Report

Former Dolphins offensive line coach Jim Turner will reportedly be suing Ted Wells for defamation

Former Miami Dolphins offensive line coach Jim Turner will be filing a lawsuit against Ted Wells for defamation, according to a report by ESPN.

Turner was fired by Miami in 2014 following a report by Wells in which Turner's role in a bullying scandal was put into question. The scandal which dominated headlines for months focused on former Miami teammates Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito.

The report stated that Turner participated and allowed the harassment of players on the team. The report went on to say that Turner lied to investigators and even asked Martin to defend Incognito publicly.

When Turner was dismissed by Miami after the report was released, team owner Stephen Ross explained his decision.

"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," Ross stated.

O'Neill, who was fired after serving as a trainer for Miami, also filed a defamation lawsuit in March. His suit was against the team, Ross and head coach Joe Philbin.

Turner has not returned to an NFL sideline since being let go by Miami, and that is part of the reason for his lawsuit. The coach believes that the report has permanently damaged his opportunities to coach at the game's highest level.

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