Kevin O'Neill, former head trainer for the Miami Dolphins, is filing a lawsuit against the Miami Dolphins, Stephen Ross and Joe Philbin. Just when you thought the bullying scandal was over, it's coming back with full steam. This report comes courtesy of Dave Hyde of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
O'Neill was viewed by many as a scapegoat in the fallout after the formal investigation by Ted Wells was completed and released. In the investigation, it said that O'Neill failed to cooperate. It also said that he laughed at the racial insults that Richie Incognito threw upon Jonathan Martin. In addition, it said that O'Neill didn't stop Incognito from throwing on a white bandanna while talking like a Japanese-accented kamikaze pilot to the Japanese-born training assistant, Naohisa Inoue. However, according to Hyde, O'Neill actually stepped in and told Inoue that it had to be dealt with or he was going to deal with it himself. That part wasn't included in the Wells report.
O'Neill was fired by Dawn Aponte after he was pulled out of a conference at the NFL Scouting Combine. According to Hyde, general manager Dennis Hickey and Philbin sat there and watched without saying a word. When Aponte had asked O'Neill if he had any questions, O'Neill said to talk to his lawyer.
In the lawsuit, O'Neill says that due to federal laws and professional ethical concerns, he refused to turn over medical and psychological records. Per Hyde, the issue then went up the chain of command and someone may have signed off on the transfer of records. If so, it's a possibility one of them broke a federal law.
It will be interesting to see how this shakes out over the next several months. There may be a lot of nervous people in Davie, Florida if the federal government gets their hands on this and it is found that people acted out while breaking a federal health law.
This story was written by Matthew Cannata. Follow him on Twitter: @PhinManiacs
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