Many have moved on from last season's Dolphins bullying scandal. Former Miami offensive line coach Jim Turner has not.
Richie Incognito is drawing interest from NFL teams, Jonathan Martin has settled into a backup job in San Francisco and Dolphins coach Joe Philbin held on to his job, but Turner is unemployed. He's living in Weston, Florida, spending time with his family and watching the season kick off. He's anxious to resume a job he lost the day before Miami officials left for the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis in February.
"I'm angry I'm sitting on the couch, not working when I should," Turner said this week during an hour-long conversation.
To that point, Turner hired noted New York attorney Peter Ginsberg to launch his own investigation to counter the Wells report, which was released last February. Ginsberg is the man who former Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma hired after the NFL suspended him during Bountygate.
What Ginsberg found was Turner's answer to Wells. The 24-page report, which disputes many of the notions advanced in the Wells report, attempts to clear Turner's name.
The report explains Turner's point of view, how he tried to help Martin and why he gave the Dolphins some controversial Christmas gifts that were key parts of the Wells report, and concludes that Turner did not deserve anywhere near the blame that he wound up getting for his role in the saga.
"Coach Turner is a good man and a great coach with an excellent reputation among his players," the report states. "It would be wrong for that reputation to be unfairly tarnished by the events leading up to and following Martin's departure from the Dolphins. During those difficult times, Coach Turner was, as he has been throughout his career, a caring and supportive colleague to the people with whom he worked.
"Coach Turner, perhaps more than any other person, gave support and advice to Martin at a time when Martin seems to have been plagued by an internal turmoil which in large part remains a mystery. The Wells report is off-target in the aim it takes at Coach Turner, and a good and decent person should not be tarnished as a result."