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Former Dolphins scout's wife has cystic fibrosis, claims team fired him for working from home

Miami Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey speaks to reporters after a one-day rookie NFL football minicamp, Friday, May 23, 2014, in Davie, Fla
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Miami Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey speaks to reporters after a one-day rookie NFL football minicamp, Friday, May 23, 2014, in Davie, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

The Miami Dolphins are continuously making headlines for everything non-football related.

Richie Incognito’s alleged mistreatment of former teammate Jonathan Martin became a national story last year. Mike Pouncey, who was accused of teaming up with Incognito to bully Martin, recently said he did have any regrets about what occurred last season. Dolphins defensive back Don Jones was disciplined by the team for expressing homophobic views about St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam during the NFL draft on Twitter.

Miami’s controversy has moved to the front office.

Former Dolphins scout Nate Sullivan sent an intent-to-initiate-litigation letter to the team and league, reports Fox Sports' Alex Marvez. Sullivan claims his firing violates the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Sullivan was hired in Miami's pro scouting department in 1997 under former coach Jimmy Johnson. Sullivan’s wife, JoAnne, was battling cystic fibrosis (a potentially fatal lung disease) as well as a debilitating blood vessel ailment (polyarteritis nodosa). He was allowed to work from home starting in 2004 to assist his wife, and the couple moved to Central Florida in 2006 to receive support from her immediate family.

Three former Dolphins general managers (Rick Spielman, Randy Mueller and Jeff Ireland) allowed Sullivan to work from home. However, Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey, who was hired earlier this year, was against the arrangement. Sullivan was fired on May 12.

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.

According to Harr, their goal is to have Sullivan reinstated to his previous position. If not, "they are prepared to seek damages otherwise."

The Miami Dolphins are always in the spotlight.

None of the news has been good lately.

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Anwar S Richardson is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at NFLAnwar@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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