Kevin O’Neill may have been fired on Wednesday from his position as head trainer for the Miami Dolphins, but don’t start feeling too bad for him just yet. According to CBS Sports, Joe Philbin fought to ensure that O’Neill would be given two years of salary as part of his severance package.
This is certainly an interesting twist in the Dolphins bullying scandal, since the Wells report specifically named O’Neill as being part of the team’s problem in not ensuring that everyone on staff was treated fairly. Clearly the Dolphins needed to point the blame somewhere and O’Neill became the official team scapegoat. However, O’Neill was named the NFL’s trainer of the year and now he’s sitting on two years of salary as a consolation prize.