Montana State University has decided to dis-invite Rob O’Neill, the Navy SEAL who shot and killed Osama bin Laden during a 2011 raid, from speaking at the school.
According to Newsmax, students had already bought tickets to hear the U.S. hero speak, but after O’Neill was arrested for DUI in Butte, Montana, on April 8, the university immediately canceled the speech.
However, O’Neill was not even driving when authorities found him. In fact, the former Navy SEAL was sleeping at the wheel of a running vehicle in the parking lot of a convenience store.
As a result, O’Neill pleaded not guilty to the first-offense misdemeanor charge, and even released a statement saying he had, in fact, not been drinking. Instead, he claims that he had taken a prescription pain medication.
But, the university cited “unforeseen circumstances” as to why it told O’Neill not to bother coming to speak.
And, just for his troubles, MSU has graciously decided to honor its contract with O’Neill and pay him the $28,000 speaking fee. Students who purchased tickets to the speech in advance will also receive a refund.
The university’s statements did state that “MSU recognizes the incredible risks Mr. O’Neill undertook in his military career for the benefit of our country and thanks him for his service.”
O’Neill’s speech for the students at MSU had been entitled: “Never Quit: The Story of a Life Built on Successful Missions.”
O’Neill left the Navy in 2012 after 16 years of service. He was reportedly involved in 400 missions.
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Via Conservative Tribune