A former Miami Dolphins lineman identified as one of the targets of harassment in the racially charged bullying scandal said, in a statement released by his agent Saturday, he has no problem with the franchise.
Andrew McDonald, “Player A” in an NFL-ordered report released Friday by lawyer Ted Wells, said in the statement he is “disappointed his name has become associated” with the revelations about the reported harassment.
The report of Jonathan Martin’s allegations he was harassed by teammate Richie Incognito and others states Dolphins offensive-line coach Jim Turner didn’t attempt to stop the behavior and even took part in some of the taunting of Player A.
McDonald, 25, is with the Carolina Panthers.
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McDonald’s agent, Brett Tessler, said in the statement to The Associated Press that McDonald has “been a member of another organization since last season and is trying to focus on his future. When Ted Wells approached Andrew at the end of the investigation, Mr. Wells already had all the information contained in the report that he had gotten elsewhere.
“While Andrew can’t speak for other players involved in the report, he personally has had no problem with the Miami Dolphins organization and has the highest opinion of Coach Turner both personally and professionally and feels terrible about the way their relationship has been portrayed in the report.”
Several people interviewed told investigators Turner gave Player A a male sex doll as a gag gift around Christmas 2012. Turner allegedly gave other linemen inflatable female dolls. Turner told investigators he did not remember the incident, but investigators said they did not believe him.
When asked if McDonald felt he was bullied or harassed, Tessler said the statement speaks for itself.
The 6-foot-6, 310-pound McDonald spent two seasons on the Dolphins’ practice squad before being released last August. He was on Carolina’s practice squad and recently signed a “futures contract” with the Panthers.