Andrew McDonald identified as “Player A” in Dolphins’ bullying report
On Saturday, McDonald’s agent, Brett Tessler confirmed that his client was the unidentified player but he also insisted that McDonald has no lingering hard feelings towards the club.
"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,” Tessler said. "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.”
Several people were interviewed by investigators to conclude the findings in the NFL report based on Jonathan Martin’s allegations of bullying at the hands of teammate Richie Incognito. But the investigation uncovered a deeper trend of harassment and misconduct within the Miami Dolphins organization. The report indicates that three Dolphins players –Incognito, guard John Jerry and center Mike Pouncey – engaged in a “pattern of harassment” against Martin, an assistant trainer and “Player A”, which is McDonald. They threatened to rape Martin’s sister, bullied him for not being “black enough” and subjected him to a long list of slurs. The report states that Miami Dolphins offensive coach Jim Turner did not attempt to stop this negative behavior in the locker room, but also took part in the harassment of Player A, “who was subjected to homophobic name-calling and improper physical touching.” According to the report, while Turner gave the other offensive linemen female “blow-up” as a gag gift around Christmas 2012, McDonald received a male “blow-up” doll. When interviewed by investigators, Turner told them he did not remember the incident, but the report states that investigators did not believe his statement. Meanwhile the assistant trainer, who was born in Japan, was also targeted with racial slurs.
"While Andrew can't speak for any other players involved in the report,” Tessler said, “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."
When Tessler was questioned if McDonald felt he was bullied or faced harassement, he said the statement speaks for itself.
The 25-year-old McDonald spent two seasons on the Dolphins’ practice squad after going undrafted out of Indiana. He was released by the Dolphins in the final cuts last August. Subsequently, McDonald signed with the Carolina Panthers’ practice squad in October and recently signed a “futures contract” with the club.