What should happen to Richie Incognito and Jim Turner following the Ted Wells report?

Leading Off: Dolphins coach: ‘I knew nuuuuthing’

Published: Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014 - 7:13 pm

We’re not sure if the Ted Wells investigation, the recently released 144-page report on alleged harassment in the Miami Dolphins’ locker room, would make a better episode of “Hogan’s Heroes” or a Hollywood movie entitled “A Few Bad Men.”

On one hand, you have offensive-line coach Jim Turner playing the role of Sgt. Schultz and seeing, hearing and knowing “nuuuuthing” about Richie Incognito and his band of bullies verbally abusing teammates Jonathan Martin and Andrew McDonald (“Player A” in the report) and an Asian American assistant trainer.

Turner, however, soon could find himself out of a job since the report revealed that not only did he see, hear and know of the locker room misconduct, he participated. He once gave McDonald a male blow-up doll at a Christmas party. McDonald, an undrafted practice team offensive lineman, was the target of homophobic taunts and groped.

On the other hand, Incognito said he was a friend of Martin’s and that the coaches instructed him to give Martin a “code red.” In other words, to “toughen up” Martin, a Stanford alumnus who was perceived as soft. Turner said he knew “nuuuuthing” of such an order, and the report claimed no such command came from the head coach or general manager.

While Incognito left threatening messages for Martin, neither he nor Turner will face charges. But both are certainly guilty of unprofessional conduct.

Today’s poll

What should happen to Richie Incognito and Jim Turner following the Ted Wells report ?

• Both banned from NFL.

• Both allowed to play.

• Incognito banned.

• Turner banned.

Vote above, or go to www.sacbee.com/sports

Weekend poll results

What role should Jimmer Fredette have with the Kings?

• He should start at shooting guard: 43%

• He should be the backup shooting guard: 31%

• He should be the backup point guard: 16%

• He should be on the bench: 10%

Total votes: 219

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