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Dolphins fire Kevin O’Neill, trainer implicated in bullying

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The first person to lose his job over bullying in the Dolphins’ locker room is head athletics trainer Kevin O’Neill.

O’Neill was fired today, according to Chris Mortensen of ESPN.

According to the Ted Wells report into the Dolphins bullying case, O’Neill stood by and did nothing while players hurled racial insults at an assistant athletic trainer. The report also says O’Neill was not cooperative with the investigation.

“O’Neill, the head trainer, not only overheard the racist insults, but also sometimes laughed along and never intervened. We did not cover this specific topic in our interview with O’Neill, which was cut short because O’Neill expressed hostility toward our investigation,” the report says.

Originally hired by Jimmy Johnson (who had also been his boss in Dallas), O’Neill spent 18 years with the Dolphins.

Photo via MiamiDolphins.com.

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14 Responses to “Dolphins fire Kevin O’Neill, trainer implicated in bullying”
  1. tvjules says: Feb 19, 2014 6:43 PM

    And Philbin?

  2. realnflmaster says: Feb 19, 2014 6:43 PM

    Fire Philbin, maybe you’ll be relevant again.

  3. aaronfraudgers says: Feb 19, 2014 6:45 PM

    And I would have gotten away with it too, if it wasn’t for those meddling overgrown kids!

  4. hjb99992013 says: Feb 19, 2014 6:46 PM

    classic case of keeping the organ grinder and getting rid of the monkey

  5. iamkillerfin says: Feb 19, 2014 6:47 PM

    naaa, Philbin gets to stay because he supposedly didn’t know anything, just like running this team….

  6. xsorethumbx says: Feb 19, 2014 6:48 PM

    who is going to stitch up the snitches now?

  7. babygaga19 says: Feb 19, 2014 6:52 PM

    Watching the Dolphins is way more fun then watching the Olympics!

  8. jojobop says: Feb 19, 2014 6:53 PM

    I find it amazing how Philbin was blind to all of this…doesn’t make sense at all that he was oblivious to all of this. What the hell kind of locker room are they running down there in clownville?

  9. thestrategyexpert says: Feb 19, 2014 7:20 PM

    Good, football is a sacred thing that requires serious people with the appropriate discipline if you want to win.

  10. chawk12thman says: Feb 19, 2014 7:22 PM

    Definition of “collateral damage.”

  11. qdog112 says: Feb 19, 2014 8:31 PM

    Good, maybe Richie needs a personal trainer …?

  12. slobberknocker says: Feb 19, 2014 8:35 PM

    “Spent” being the key word.

  13. upthemiddledanny says: Feb 19, 2014 8:54 PM

    The same head athletic trainer that weighed in on Culpepper’s knee over Brees’ shoulder, good riddance.

  14. thesteelskirt says: Feb 19, 2014 9:27 PM

    Fire Philbin, he either covered it up or was too dumb to realize what was going on with his team. Either way it is not good.

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