Former SEAL Rob O’Neill charged with DUI, MSU cancels his appearance

Around 2:30 a.m. on Friday, April 8, Rob O’Neill, a former Navy SEAL, was found in his car in Butte. Police were called to the scene by bystanders, and after a failed field-sobriety test and a refusal to take a breathalyzer test, took him into custody. Prosecutors have charged O’Neill with a misdemeanor DUI.

O’Neill was slated to have an appearance at MSU on Monday, April 11 in an event hosted by the Leadership Institute. However, MSU has cancelled the event due to unforeseen circumstances. Executive Director of University Communications Tracy Ellig said, “This caught us by surprise just like everyone else. We would hope the students ask: ‘What would a leader do?’” MSU will still pay O’Neill $28,000 from their general fund to fulfill their contract.

O’Neill is a decorated veteran who served in many operations as a Navy SEAL. He was involved in the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips and Operation Red Wings. Both events have been adapted into major motion pictures. The university is issuing refunds to everyone who bought a ticket.

Instructions for ticket refunds:

TicketsWest Website or TicketsWest Call Centers:

Patrons who purchased their Rob O’Neill tickets on-line at or called a TicketsWest Call Center will automatically receive a refund on the card used to purchase the tickets.


Any patron who purchased their tickets at Rosauers should mail their tickets, as well as their name, address and phone number, to:


Attn: Refunds

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Bobcat Ticket Office or ASK US Desk in the Strand Union Building (in person or via the phone):

Customers who purchased their tickets at the Bobcat Ticket Office, ASK US Desk, or by calling 994-2287 should return their tickets to the Bobcat Ticket Office for a refund. If a credit card was used, the card should be on hand for the transaction. If patrons wish to return their tickets via mail, they MUST sign each individual ticket, and include their name, phone number and address. Mail tickets to:

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  • MongCon

    C’mon Exponent… “unforeseen circumstances”? What does that even mean? Is this a new rule at MSU, no speakers who have been accused of a crime? Or is it just DUI? Or is there a statue of limitations such that if you had a DUI a month ago or a year ago.. no problem.. Or is it just when someone is in the news and might therefore be controversial.. Heavens… controversy at a University.. can’t let that happen.