Andrew McDonald has come out as the unnamed “Player A” in the report Ted Wells issued about the Miami Dolphins bullying scandal, but said he has no problem with the team and just wants to move on.
McDonald, who has since left the Dolphins to join the Carolina Panthers, said in a statement that he is ”disappointed his name has become associated” with the reported harassment prevalent in the Dolphins locker room.
The report found that Richie Incognito along with two other teammates — fellow offensive linemen John Jerry and Mike Pouncey — “engaged in a pattern of harassment directed at not only Jonathan Martin, but also another young Dolphins offensive lineman and an assistant trainer.”
The report states how Incognito used anti-gay slurs and racially harassed an assistant trainer, who was of Asian descent,
The report also revealed that McDonald was a target of harassment from teammate and leadership council member Richie Incognito, and also found that Dolphins offensive line coach Jim Turner knew about and even participated in the abuse toward Andrew McDonald.
In a statement to The Associated Press, McDonald’s agent Brett Tessler said that McDonald is “trying to focus on his future.”
”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,” the statement said.
Andrew McDonald was involved in some of the racier revelations in the report. Several people interviewed by Ted Wells said that Turner gave female blow up dolls as gag gifts to the offensive lineman, but gave McDonald a male blowup doll instead.
Andrew McDonald entered the league as an undrafted rookie and spent two seasons on the Dolphins practice squad before being cut in August. In October he was picked up by the Panthers and spent time on the practice squad.