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Palm Beach Post (Florida)
By Andrew Abramson Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

The Dolphins, trying to assure that last season's harassment scandal never is repeated, announced Monday that they have hired new supervisors for their human resources and security departments.

The team, criticized in an NFL investigation for allowing hostile conditions in the locker room, will increase its human resources department from two to four and have one HR employee specifically assigned to work with players at the training facility in Davie. The team's corporate office is at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens.

The Dolphins also are hiring a veteran of the FBI to oversee security while keeping the director of security who has been with the team since the Shula era.

"We are all committed at this organization to providing a productive and respectful work environment, as well as ensuring the safety and security of all of our employees and fans," CEO Tom Garfinkel said.

Dan Caspersen, who was executive vice president for human resources at Toys 'R' Us from 2006-13, will take over human resources.

Brandon Shore, Miami's finance and legal affairs specialist, will become the team's first HR employee assigned to the training facility.

Joe Cicini, a 23-year veteran of the Miami division of the FBI, will head security.

Stu Weinstein, the team's long-time director of security, will remain with the team and keep his title.

Cicini worked on the FBI's joint terrorism task force and special events task force. He also has provided crisis management training to the NFL, NBA, Major League Baseball and colleges and universities.

An NFL investigation found that Dolphins players Mike Pouncey, Richie Incognito and John Jerry harassed former Miami tackle Jonathan Martin and other players and staff members.

Only Pouncey remains with the team.

Text messages between Incognito and Martin that were leaked to the media discussed apparent drug use and extensive partying among players.

The Dolphins are trying to build a more positive atmosphere this season. Voluntary workouts in Davie began Monday with a number of new players. The workouts are closed to the public and media.

Receiver Mike Wallace was the only Dolphins player who didn't attend Monday's workouts, a source told The Palm Beach Post. Wallace, who spends much of the offseason in Houston where his family lives, had a prior engagement and is expected to return to the team today.

The team's No. 1 offseason acquisition, left tackle Branden Albert, is expected to be a major presence in the locker room. He joked Monday that he already has a "man crush" on Pouncey, the only holdover from last year's starting offensive line.

"Since I heard the Dolphins were interested in me and I was interested in the Dolphins, one of my attractions was Mike Pouncey," he told the team's in-house media.

"You've got to have a great center to be a great offensive line. To be a great left tackle you've got to have a guy that's going to point you in the right direction. I know he takes his job seriously and that's something I'm very excited about."


April 22, 2014




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