On Friday, Ted Wells released his report to the NFL regarding allegations of harassment and misconduct within the Miami Dolphins organization.
Although it was an extensive report, one of the main talking points surrounded an anonymous "Player A," who, as NFL.com's Greg Rosenthal quoted from the report, "frequently was subjected to homophobic name-calling and improper physical touching."
On Saturday, Carolina Panthers offensive tackle Andrew McDonald was identified as the unnamed player through a statement from his agent, Brett Tessler, via Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio:
Andrew is disappointed that his name has become associated with this story. He’s been a member of another organization since last season and is trying to focus on the 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 any other players involved in the report, he personally has no problem with the Miami Dolphins organization and has the highest opinion of Coach [Jim] Turner both personally and professionally and feels terrible about the way their relationship has been portrayed in the report.
As Florio noted, the Wells report states that coach Jim Turner gave McDonald a male blow-up doll as a Christmas present in 2012, and McDonald saw the “persistent insults and mocking physical contact as unwelcome."
There were several other accounts of verbal abuse toward McDonald, which makes it somewhat surprising that he has no ill-will towards Turner or the Dolphins organization.
As the Palm Beach Post's Hal Habib pointed out, Wells' report called Turner a liar:
But McDonald's feelings, which seemingly contradict those stated in the report, would seemingly suggest that Wells' report is inaccurate.
Either way, it will be very compelling to see if this news—and subsequent statement—help the case of Turner, Richie Incognito and everyone else involved.
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