March 6, 2014 |
Kevin O'Neill, the longtime Miami Dolphins trainer fired in the wake of the team's bullying scandal, is firing back at the franchise through his lawyer. Attorney Jack Scarola issued a statement Thursday on behalf of O'Neill, who in the recently released report of investigator Ted Wells is accused of laughing at inappropriate jokes aimed at offensive tackle Jonathan Martin and an unnamed assistant trainer. O'Neill accompanied Dolphins executives, coaches and scouts to last month's scouting combine in Indianapolis, but was fired on the eve of the annual event.
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February 23, 2014 |
Cedarville, Calif. - Cherie Lash Rhoades' temper was well known among the many small Indian tribes settled in Modoc County, tribal members say. One man said he started avoiding Rhoades after witnessing an outburst years ago when the two served on a committee for a Native American healthcare clinic. "Something didn't go her way, so she picked up the corner of the table and threw it," said Sonny Craig, a member of the Pit River tribe just outside Alturas. Even within her tiny Cedarville Rancheria tribe, Rhoades could be confrontational, a member of the tribe said.
February 20, 2014 |
INDIANAPOLIS - A scant three weeks into the off-season, the NFL is dealing with three public relations infernos, two involving current players. There's the Miami Dolphins bullying saga, chronicled in a just-released investigation that pulled back the curtain on the team's toxic locker room culture. The Dolphins have fired their offensive line coach and longtime trainer, and player suspensions could be in the works. There's the arrest of retired Pro Bowl safety Darren Sharper, most recently an NFL Network analyst, on charges that he drugged and raped two women.
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February 14, 2014 |
If you have any interest in the complex and nuanced dynamics of workplace bullying and harassment, you must sit down with the newly released report about what, exactly, happened in and out of the Miami Dolphins locker room that led Jonathan Martin to walk away from the team halfway through the season last year. The 144-page report is a masterpiece of evenhandedness, produced by a team of attorneys led by Ted Wells, whose New York litigation firm was retained by the NFL to investigate the circumstances around Martin's departure and his subsequent accusations against his teammates.
January 30, 2014 |
A lot of TV talk this weekend will be devoted to the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos, but that doesn't mean the rest of the NFL has been packed up and put into deep freeze until next fall. And nowhere is that more obvious than NBC, which aired the first interview with former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin since he left the team last October. Martin created headlines last fall when he abruptly left the Dolphins and reportedly checked himself into a Florida hospital to be treated for emotional distress.
January 20, 2014 |
The reason New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has begun to punch back more forcefully against accusations of bullying and cronyism is suggested in a new poll showing the road-closure scandal surrounding the governor has cut into what once was his chief asset: a perception of blunt honesty. A national survey by the Pew Research Center and USA Today showed that almost 6 in 10 Americans who had heard of the controversy do not believe his assertions that he did not know that his aides were involved in closing lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge last September - causing a massive four-day traffic jam - until evidence of it became public recently.