Nate Sullivan, a former Dolphins scout who joined the team in 1997 under Jimmy Johnson, has notified the franchise and the NFL that he will file a lawsuit if his job and full health benefits are not reinstated, according to Fox Sports’ Alex Marvez. Sullivan says that he was fired by new GM Dennis Hickey, who said the scout’s need to work from home to help care for his wife, who has polyarteritis nodosa (a blood vessel affliction) and cystic fibrosis (a potentially life-threatening lung ailment), “just did not work for him”.
Sullivan also claims that his wife’s cystic fibrosis medication went up from $10 to $3,000 per pill when the team adjusted its healthcare program this past April, and that this was the only terminal illness that the shift affected. The scout had been working from home since 2004, a stretch which spanned three other general managers.
If these allegations are true, and there are no mitigating circumstances under which Sullivan was terminated for cause, it’s yet another example why NFL careerists should be veering as far away from the advice of Dolphins owner Stephen Ross as possible.