On Monday, former Miami Dolphins head trainer Kevin O'Neill and his lawyer asked a Palm Beach County judge to throw out an arbitration clause in his contract so he can persuade a jury that he was wrongfully fired due to his alleged involvement in the bullying scandal with Jonathan Martin, Richie Incoginito and many others.
However, he will have a tough time doing so as the state is Florida is generally unwilling to drop arbitration clauses. That's why Jack Scarola, O'Neill's lawyer, said he would drop the request if he was assured everything would be fair.
“I am more than happy to resolve the case before any reasonable unbiased tribunal,” he said after the hearing.
Currently, the case will be heard by those connected to the NFL. Roger Goodell, commisioner of the NFL, has agreed to step aside but he has appointed Jay Moyer, who is a former NFL general and executive vice president. Scarola believes that Moyer will do what Goodell wants him to do and that there is no chance for O'Neill to come out on top.
O'Neill is in this situation because of the bullying scandal and the subsequent Wells Report, which was released months after the 2013 season ended. In the report, it painted O'Neill as one who didn't speak up when he knew what was going on. It also cited him for his lack of cooperation. However, O'Neill said that he was just sticking to privacy laws that cover people when it comes to health issues and services.
No formal decision has been made as of yet. The lawsuit that O'Neill filed is directed towards the Miami Dolphins, Stephen Ross and Joe Philbin. If it heads to a jury and a regular trial, things will begin to get interesting.
This story was written by Matthew Cannata. Follow him on Twitter: @PhinManiacs
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