SEAL that claimed Bin Laden kill back in trouble with the law

| August 28, 2023

You’ll be forgiven for not remembering the name Robert O’Neill, I certainly had. Those in the special operations community probably never will, because he broke the code of silence among Quiet Professionals to cash in on his participation in the Osama bin Laden raid. O’Neill wrote a book on his exploits, after he publicly took the claim for the kill shot on the al-Qaeda leader.

Since leaving SEAL Team Six, Mr. O’Neill has had a few run-ins with the law. Most recently, it’s been reported that he was pinched in Texas for misdemeanor assault and public intoxication. Fox News has the scoop;

The Navy SEAL who gained fame when he publicly claimed to have been the person who killed Usama bin Laden was arrested in Texas.

Robert J. O’Neill, the 47-year-old former member of SEAL Team Six, was arrested in Frisco, Texas, and charged with misdemeanor assault and public intoxication, according to a report from the New York Post Saturday.

O’Neill was booked in Frisco and released the same day on a $3,500 bond, while jail records showed only the assault charge, according to the report.

The former SEAL was in town to record a podcast at a cigar lounge.

The Frisco Police Department did not immediately respond to a Fox News request for comment.

O’Neill gained fame after publicly claiming to be the Navy SEAL who killed Usama bin Laden during the infamous raid on his compound in Pakistan in May 2011, eventually recounting the story in his 2017 book, “The Operator.”

Publishing the book was controversial within the special warfare community, which typically abides by a code of silence when it comes to covert missions. The U.S. government has never confirmed O’Neill’s accounting of the raid, while fellow former SEAL Matt Bissonnette claimed in a book of his own that O’Neill’s story was false. A different SEAL had fired the shots that killed the infamous terrorist mastermind, Bissonnette said.

O’Neill has also had previous run-ins with law enforcement, according to a report from WNCT, including a 2016 arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence in his native Montana, In that case, authorities said they found O’Neill sleeping in the driver’s seat of his car that was still running. O’Neil entered a not guilty plea in that case, arguing he had taken “a prescribed sleep aid to help with long-standing severe insomnia.”

Prosecutors eventually agreed to drop the charge after determining his medication was to blame, though he was charged with negligent endangerment under an agreement that allowed him to defer prosecution while he participated in a treatment plan with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

O’Neill was also banned from flying on Delta Airlines in 2020 after posting a photo of himself not wearing a mask on a flight, despite a COVID requirement in effect at the time.

O’Neil did not immediately respond to a Fox News request for comment.

Senior Chief O’Neill’s service for more than 16 years as a SEAL is commendable. He’s got a host of combat decorations (including two Silver Stars) and was involved in combat operations that became at least three blockbuster movies (Captain Philips, Lone Survivor, Zero Dark Thirty). Of course, this doesn’t excuse illegal behavior.

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Dude should’ve stayed in, got his twenty before any of this– if it’s worthwhile, it’ll be there in four years. Now, he’s just getting busted for being drunk/disorderly in various places.


Or, at least, went Guard for the “do not pass go and do not collect” your pension until age 60 (with a few exceptions with the 1:2 rule for Guard time in a combat deployment).

jeff LPH 3 63-66

I subscribe to Navy Times hard copy magizine and back in 2016 there was a Navy Seal named O’ Neill who left the Seal community after putting in 16 years and was trying to get a pension. At the time, we didn’t know who he was untill the usama killing came out and lo and behold, it was the above former Seal. This news came out later on and then I remembered the Navy Times article about him.


Who knows, maybe he had “plans” all along and couldn’t wait to be able to write his book and make a bunch of money. Maybe he became known within the community and didn’t want to spend four more years as an outcast. I haven’t read the book and know little about this guy, but it’s easy to see how being credited with, or simply taking the credit for, taking out the man who spent nearly 10 years in hiding after masterminding the attacks on 9/11. If he’s a drinker I can see him getting a bit braggadocious after hours with the boys, upsetting those who are true Quiet Professionals.


Have your picture taken with the guy who wasted Osama bin Laden, $10!


Where do I sign up?!


True, that would be a good deal.


Quiet professional


…maybe not after two or three drinks.

Veritas Omnia Vincit

This sort of reminds me of the quote from Larteguy….sometimes the guys who are good to fight with don’t turn out to be the best humans to later try and live with…

““I’d like to have two armies: one for display with lovely guns, tanks, little soldiers, staffs, distinguished and doddering Generals, and dear little regimental officers who would be deeply concerned over their General’s bowel movements or their Colonel’s piles, an army that would be shown for a modest fee on every fairground in the country. The other would be the real one, composed entirely of young enthusiasts in camouflage uniforms, who would not be put on display, but from whom impossible efforts would be demanded and to whom all sorts of tricks would be taught. That’s the army in which I should like to fight.”


Fat, drunk and stupid. He’s got 2 out of three.


Give him a few years, he’ll get fat in there, too.

Slow Joe

I don’t know. I am baffled by people that claim all kinds of herring-dos. I mean, how weird it is to claim to have killed Bin Laden.
A guy with that combat record should know better. When a mission is underway, there are a million possibilities of who is going to end where, who is going to get blown up, who is going to get shot, and who is going to fire the shots that score on the enemy.

The idea that this guy claims to have killed Bin Laden is so ridiculous, because even if he did, there was a lot of people shooting, and even if there was not, he did not get into the position to take those shots because of any virtue or special skill on his part.

This is not even an issue of false humility, or lack of humility, but of lack of understanding how much randomness there is in what position in the geometry of the engagement he ended up as the mission developed. Anyone in that team could have shot Bin Laden given the opportunity to be in the right spot with line of sight to the target. If this dude actually took that shot, he got super lucky, and he lacks the self awareness to realize it.


!00% agreement except for one thing. What in the hell is Herring-do? lol A certain bwavado?

RGR 4-78

Sounds fishy to me.

jeff LPH 3 63-66

must have meant derring-do instead of herring. Typo????


It’s the Army of One: SEAL Edition temperament. I’m full of myself but try to avoid more than 100 “me” and “I” references per comment. 😆

The fact is that it takes a team. Some do more than others, but without that team the mission will fail. As Infantry, we Rakkasans rode into Baghdad on LMTVs driven by 88Ms. We supported–and were in turn supported by–what we loathed the most as svelte Screaming Eagles–“fat Tankers and Mech Infantry”. We outran supply chains and learned to appreciate the Quartermaster troops that we always just looked down on as “POGs”. In Arlington, our Casket Teams worked together to render Final Honors in the most professional and dignified way possible.

O’Neill is legit; two awards of our nation’s third highest award for gallantry, a SEAL, and numerous other accolades. Claiming to be the trigger man seems to be what he wants to be known for the most. In other words, overshadowing the others who were in the compound and placing himself on a pedestal as a National Hero.

Despite him being a legitimate hero, though, in a sense his claims make him similar to so many phonies. Whether he killed Bin Laden or not, writing the book and talking about it comes across as “Look at me, I did something!” We’ve said it multiple times on these pages, when someone with a record they should be proud of oversteps their bounds or begins making exaggerated or false claims, “They should be proud of what they did.” If O’Neill’s claims are true (no idea, haven’t read the book and don’t plan to), outstanding, but I think he’d have been better off if he had just remained the Quiet Professional, finished the last 1/5th of his career for benefits and pension, and maybe written a book 20+ years after the fact, when everyone he served with was retired and the memory was as fresh.


You just know, after a few beers, it turns into this:



Hell da f*ck yeah! (Wanna get busy, babes?)

Old tanker

I fail to understand why they dropped the DUI charges over medication. The law says under the influence of alcohol and or drugs. A prescription does not make a difference.

Forest Bondurant

I was thinking the same thing.

Most sleep aids (prescription or not) state on the bottle persons using the medication should not operate machinery nor drive while taking it.


The Rest Of The Story:

“DUI Charge Against Rob O’Neill Dropped; Amended Prosecution Deferred”

“O’Neill’s misdemeanor DUI charge — stemming from an incident in April of this year — was amended to a misdemeanor charge of negligent endangerment.”

“According to the agreement filed between O’Neill and the county attorney’s office, prosecution of the amended charge will be deferred for up to 12 months as O’Neill undergoes treatment through the Department of Veteran Affairs for the issues that led to his arrest.”

“If O’Neill violates the terms of the agreement within those 12 months, including breaking any laws or not completing VA treatment, the county attorney has the right to move forward with prosecution. If O’Neill successfully follows the terms of the agreement, the endangerment charge will be dropped.”


Most courts are going to offer deferred prosecution for those type cases.


Stupid is, as stupid does.


Mr. O’Neill seems to have a problem with believing his own hype too much. In simpler terms, his ego is writing checks his ass can’t cash.


He’ll be flying a plane full of rubber dog crap out of Hong Kong…


I saw that.


Hmmmm…This is interesting.

The incident happened last Wednesday and as news reports indicates, he faces a Class A misdemeanor charge of assault causing bodily injury and a Class C misdemeanor charge of public intoxication.

For some reason, jail records list only the assault charge.

Makes us wonder about “The Rest Of The Story.”

Was anyone else arrested? In other words, what happened?

In the meantime…😉😎

“Navy SEAL Who Killed Osama Bin Laden Celebrates Wedding Anniversary Days After Assault Arrest”

“Days after getting arrested for assault and public intoxication, the former Navy SEAL who claims he killed Osama Bin Laden was in joyful spirits, celebrating his wedding anniversary with his wife.”

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Alcohol is a wonderous substance…


A Navy SEAL caught drinking al-key-haul? (gasps clutches pearls) Good thing he wasn’t in a karoke bar wearing shades, someone might have mistaken him for a Navy Aviator…or a technical advisor for a Naval Aviation documentary.

Stoopid is as stoopid does. Don’t do stoopid.

jeff LPH 3 63-66

Or drinking adult beverages out of a hollow artificial leg. Belay thet last comment, it’s a Brit SAS thing.

Herbert J Messkit

I’ve read there is one regiment that drinks from napoleons chamber pot, captured at waterloo

jeff LPH 3 63-66

Drinks from Napoleons chamber pot! No shit.
Sign on the wall above a restroom urinal, “Napoleon stood here and pulled his Bone apart”


He have another book coming out?


My Life as a Barfly after Schwacking Bin Laden


I have spoken to Rob several times via social media and even got an autographed copy of the book. I dropped all social media 2 years ago. What is missing is the details of the event – He wouldn’t smack anyone without provocation. Funny how previously in the news and even as a consultant for Fox News he was given tons of respect – now even Fox News poses the article with negative connotations. As far as my interactions with a fellow Senior Chief I found him to have incredible integrity and honor. I always thought Matt probably did shoot Osama but his book was not vetted by the DOD so the DOD let Rob’s book stand as the authorized version of the events. I know warrior code etc.. but I also felt the books were a way for the story to be told and needed to get out for reassurance to the public that Osama was really dead. Articles are mentioning Armed Forces Brewing was launched to combat Dylan Mulvaney which is B.S. The brewery launch was several years ago I was even offered to be a plank owner investor as were all social media followers of the members involved. I think if the news media published the details it might present a better picture. Cancel Culture strikes again.

Green Thumb

He is a decent enough guy but this dude has been doing this shit awhile.

A lot of politicians used to swing off his nut sack. Now, not so much.

But to his defense, for a long time in the SEAL community, the book was coming out before the plane landed.

USMC Steve

Hey, he went over there, he got in close and he took the shot. I got no problem with him saying so as long as it does not violate OPSEC.


Someone probably deserved a smack….


Ummm…seems like I’ve seen this movie…


That dude would like it to be, at least.


Oh boy.
It just got WORSE.

[Former Navy SEAL Robert O’Neill, who killed Bin Laden, called security guard N-word during arrest: sources]


In the NY Post article above….

[[“O’Neill] turned to him, rose his fists in the air and struck him in his chest with his right palm,” the hotel security officer told police. “Robert called him a ‘fu–ing n—er’” when he struck him.]


Hey, alcohol is a breast…


beast… whatever, fat fingers on phone keyboards


Just put a nipple on a beer bottle, I’ll be fine.


Breasts and beer are a good combination…


Ole Rob is also a flaming liar. Osama Bin Laden (Tim Osman) died in 2002 from kidney disease. Why else would the Bush and Obama administrations let this idiot run around saying this BS? They want you to believe the lie that justified the MIC raping the US treasury.