Kevin O'Neill Fires Shot Through Attorney


If anyone thought the Miami Dolphins had finally put to rest the BullyGate scandal and the Ted Wells report than they need to rethink that position.  It’s far from over.  Why?  Because two lawsuits could still be filed against the team.  While Jonathan Martin will likely not file a lawsuit if he is granted his release or a trade out of Miami former head trainer Kevin O’Neill is making little bones to the fact he will.

Today O’Neill’s attorney who we have to believe was the referenced attorney that O’Neill told Dawn Aponte to call upon his firing notification put out an 18 paragraph rebuttal to the Wells report.  The Miami Herald while not have exclusivity to the rebuttal did take the time to post the entire 18 paragraphs.  I have the opening two listed below.  You can head over here to see the entire thing.

“On Wednesday night, February 19th, the distinguished 25-year professional career of Miami Dolphins Head Trainer, Kevin O’Neill was abruptly ended. O’Neill’s firing was accompanied by no explanation, but its timing – only five days after the release of what has come to be publicly referred to as “The Wells Report” – has left an undeniable impression that Kevin O’Neill was being held responsible for the abusive mistreatment of Jonathan Martin at the hands of his Dolphin teammates.

“In fact, The Wells Report comes nowhere near supporting the decision of the Dolphins’ management to sack Mr. O’Neill. Instead it demonstrates that Kevin O’Neill was improperly singled out to placate an understandable public outcry for action in response to what was publicly portrayed as intolerable workplace bullying.

And so begins the Dolphins next nightmare.  O’Neill believes he acted professionally regarding his involvement which is said to have been laughing at the taunts towards his assistant trainer.  O’Neill however has maintained that he did in fact talk with the assistant regarding the incident and was told that the assistant would handle it himself.  His assistant has said as much as well.  The Dolphins will likely face a wrongful termination lawsuit at some time.
O’Neill arrived in Miami with former HC Jimmy Johnson and the firing ended an almost two decade career with the Dolphins.

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