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A former Miami Dolphins scout has threatened a lawsuit against the franchise and the NFL alleging his recent dismissal violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.

FOX Sports 1 has learned that the attorney for Nate Sullivan sent an intent-to-initiate-litigation letter to the Dolphins and league. The document, which was obtained by FOX Sports 1 and sent via overnight mail Tuesday to the Dolphins and NFL, claims that Sullivan was terminated earlier this month because new Miami general manager Dennis Hickey was unhappy about his remote working status.

A 17-year Dolphins scout, Sullivan began working from home in 2004 to better assist in medical treatment for his wife, JoAnne. She suffers from cystic fibrosis — a potentially fatal lung disease — as well as a debilitating blood vessel ailment (polyarteritis nodosa).

The couple moved to Central Florida in 2006 so JoAnne could receive support from her immediate family in the area, the letter states.

This arrangement was allowed by three former Dolphins general managers: Rick Spielman, Randy Mueller and Jeff Ireland. Ireland quit in January and was replaced by Hickey, who had spent the previous 18 seasons working in Tampa Bay's personnel department.

When he was fired on May 12, Sullivan claims Hickey told him the reason was that working remotely "just did not work for him."

Sullivan's attorney, Jason L. Harr, contends that reasoning would violate Title 29 of the Americans With Disabilities Act that states "it is unlawful for a covered entity to exclude or deny equal jobs or benefits to, or otherwise discriminate against, a qualified individual because of the known disability of an individual with whom the qualified individual is known to have a family, business, social or other relationship or association."

The intent-to-initiate-litigation letter also states the Dolphins began excluding cystic fibrosis medications from their health care when revamping their insurance offerings in April. Harr told FOX Sports 1 that the cost of one prescription skyrocketed from $10 to $3,000 per pill under the new policy.

"It is our understanding that Cystic Fibrosis was the only terminal medical condition singled out," the letter states. "This drastic reduction in health care benefits jeopardized JoAnne Sullivan's ability to afford her pharmaceuticals, shifting an exorbitant financial burden on the Sullivans."

Harr told FOX Sports 1 that Sullivan is seeking his former job back "with full healthcare benefits that continue to cover the illnesses his wife is stricken with." "Our hope is they change their mind and reinstate Mr. Sullivan," said Harr, who is prepared to seek damages otherwise.

The intent-to-initiate-litigation letter states the NFL is also listed as a potential defendant because the league has "not officially disciplined nor taken steps to eliminate the systemic discriminatory practices by the Miami Dolphins, LTD."

The letter cites the "ignorant and inappropriate homosexual comments" directed at former Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin as part of the Richie Incognito bullying scandal as well as recent homophobic tweets by Miami defensive back Don Jones about St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam.

"This (NFL) inaction only serves to foster these illegal practices," the letter states. "The National Football League has failed to ensure a working environment within (the Dolphins) which eliminates discrimination in all its reprehensible forms."

Spokesmen for the Dolphins and NFL both declined comment on the letter to FOX Sports 1.
The Dolphins suspended Incognito last November as details emerged about the bullying scandal and fired two employees (offensive line coach Jim Turner and athletic trainer Kevin O'Neill) after a scathing NFL-sponsored investigation of the situation was made public in February.

The Dolphins suspended Jones from their offseason workout program for one week and required him to undergo "educational training" for his comments about Sam, who is the NFL's first openly gay aspirant. As first reported by FOX Sports 1, Jones was reinstated on May 19.

Sullivan, who is not commenting on the advice of his attorney, was hired in Miami's pro scouting department in 1997 under then-head coach and de facto general manager Jimmy Johnson. Sullivan's job included reviewing game film and providing written scouting reports to the team's front office.


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Post Re: Fired Dolphins scout threatening to sue 'Fins
Why couldnt hicky just say he didn't want a scout who has provided little in terms of scouting talent for the team to draft? Couldve avoided the whole thing. Even if the guy was a great scout noone would argue that miami has had terrible drafts since this guy came to miami. Im assuming he didn't do a lot of scouting for the 1997 draft so:

Out of 129 picks since the 1998 draft miami has drafted 8 pro bowlers and 2 of them were top 2 picks so you would HOPE they make a pro bowl.
Patrick Surtain 3
Wade Smith (for the Texans) 1
Chris Chambers 1
Yeremiah Bell 1
Ronnie Brown (2 overall) 1
Paul Soliai 1
Jake Long (1 overall) 4
Mike Pouncey 1

13 pro bowls overall

Oops, forgot Dan carpenter in 2009

14 overall


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Compare that to gb who has had 17 pro bowlers, combining for 34 pro bowls. More than twice miami so why hickey decided firing a scout for this is stupid
Eddie Lacey 1
BJ Raji 1
Clay Matthews 4
Greg Jennings 2
AJ Hawk (5 overall) 1
Aaron Rodgers 3
Nick Collins 3
Scott wells 1
NIck Barnett 1
Javon Walker 1
Aaron Kampman 2
Bubba Franks 3
Chad Clifton 2
Kabeer Bajabiamila 1
Donald Driver 4
Josh Bidwell 1
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Post Re: Fired Dolphins scout threatening to sue 'Fins
Hard to even throw an opinion in a topic like this one. Usually scouting is a results driven business and if the guy was productive, one would think he would still have his job. However, who knows what the true situation is and it always stinks for someone to lose their job and sometimes it is a justified decision and unfortunately some folks unjustly lose their jobs too.


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Post Re: Fired Dolphins scout threatening to sue 'Fins
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Why couldnt hicky just say he didn't want a scout who has provided little in terms of scouting talent for the team to draft? Couldve avoided the whole thing. Even if the guy was a great scout noone would argue that miami has had terrible drafts since this guy came to miami. Im assuming he didn't do a lot of scouting for the 1997 draft so:

Out of 129 picks since the 1998 draft miami has drafted 8 pro bowlers and 2 of them were top 2 picks so you would HOPE they make a pro bowl.
Patrick Surtain 3
Wade Smith (for the Texans) 1
Chris Chambers 1
Yeremiah Bell 1
Ronnie Brown (2 overall) 1
Paul Soliai 1
Jake Long (1 overall) 4
Mike Pouncey 1

13 pro bowls overall

Oops, forgot Dan carpenter in 2009

14 overall


You cannot judge a scout's work by who the Dolphins picked, since the scout doesn't have final say on the selection.

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Hard to even throw an opinion in a topic like this one. Usually scouting is a results driven business and if the guy was productive, one would think he would still have his job. However, who knows what the true situation is and it always stinks for someone to lose their job and sometimes it is a justified decision and unfortunately some folks unjustly lose their jobs too.


Yep, I'm sure every media outlet will jump all over it. How dare anyone fire a disabled person.

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I know the scout doesn't have final say but given hes one of the guys that are the common link among the bad drafting then hickey couldve avoided all of this by just firing him for being incompetant employee other than his location. even if he were an excellent scout i dont think anyone would argue if hickey said different given miamis draft history


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Post Re: Fired Dolphins scout threatening to sue 'Fins
wait, what disability does he actually have? the act itself covers the person who is employed with a disability, not their spouse. he would have been covered by FMLA if there were extended leaves being taken, but only so many weeks in a year can be used for that.

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Now that we're getting more information on this, it is looking pretty crappy for our new GM and for the Dolphins.

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In the letter, Sullivan says that he was fired because general manager Dennis Hickey didn't like that Sullivan was working from home. Sullivan had been working from home since 2004 in order to care for his wife, who has cystic fibrosis. Sullivan's wife JoAnne also has polyarteritis nodosa, a debilitating blood vessel ailment.

Sullivan had been working remotely from home, a setup that had been fine with the Dolphins' three prior general managers who served before Hickey: Jeff Ireland, Rick Spielman and Randy Mueller.

According to the letter, when the Dolphins adjusted their insurance policy in April, the only major change was that the team no longer covered cystic fibrosis medications. That change meant the Sullivans were now paying $3,000 per pill for medication that had once cost just $10.

From the letter:

" It is our understanding that Cystic Fibrosis was the only terminal medical condition singled out. This drastic reduction in health care benefits jeopardized JoAnne Sullivan's ability to afford her pharmaceuticals, shifting an exorbitant financial burden on the Sullivans."

By suing the Dolphins, the Sullivans are hoping Nate will get his job back "with full healthcare benefits that continue to cover the illnesses his wife is stricken with."

According to Sullivan's attorney, Jason L. Harr, the firing violates Title 29 of the Americans With Disabilities Act.

"It is unlawful for a covered entity to exclude or deny equal jobs or benefits to, or otherwise discriminate against, a qualified individual because of the known disability of an individual with whom the qualified individual is known to have a family, business, social or other relationship or association."

The Dolphins have so far declined to comment on the possible litigation.


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Now that we're getting more information on this, it is looking pretty crappy for our new GM and for the Dolphins.

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In the letter, Sullivan says that he was fired because general manager Dennis Hickey didn't like that Sullivan was working from home. Sullivan had been working from home since 2004 in order to care for his wife, who has cystic fibrosis. Sullivan's wife JoAnne also has polyarteritis nodosa, a debilitating blood vessel ailment.

Sullivan had been working remotely from home, a setup that had been fine with the Dolphins' three prior general managers who served before Hickey: Jeff Ireland, Rick Spielman and Randy Mueller.

According to the letter, when the Dolphins adjusted their insurance policy in April, the only major change was that the team no longer covered cystic fibrosis medications. That change meant the Sullivans were now paying $3,000 per pill for medication that had once cost just $10.

From the letter:

" It is our understanding that Cystic Fibrosis was the only terminal medical condition singled out. This drastic reduction in health care benefits jeopardized JoAnne Sullivan's ability to afford her pharmaceuticals, shifting an exorbitant financial burden on the Sullivans."

By suing the Dolphins, the Sullivans are hoping Nate will get his job back "with full healthcare benefits that continue to cover the illnesses his wife is stricken with."

According to Sullivan's attorney, Jason L. Harr, the firing violates Title 29 of the Americans With Disabilities Act.

"It is unlawful for a covered entity to exclude or deny equal jobs or benefits to, or otherwise discriminate against, a qualified individual because of the known disability of an individual with whom the qualified individual is known to have a family, business, social or other relationship or association."

The Dolphins have so far declined to comment on the possible litigation.


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All Hickey has to do is cite performance issues. End of case. The last few drafts tell the story.

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Looks very Belicheckish to me.

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