This week saw the arrest of Robert J. O’Neill in Texas, the former Navy SEAL who rose to fame in 2011 after he claimed to have killed Osama bin Laden during a clandestine operation. The 47-year-old former SEAL was arrested in Frisco and charged with assault resulting in bodily harm (Class A misdemeanor) and public intoxication (Class C misdemeanor). According to the Dallas Morning News, Frisco police refused to offer any details regarding the arrest, even though the assault charge was the only one mentioned in jail records.

O’Neill was freed the same day after posting a $3,500 bond. He had come to town to record a podcast at a nearby cigar lounge. Despite being well-known, he declined to speak on the encounter with The Post.

The former member of SEAL Team 6 gained notoriety for his assertion that he was the one who fired the rounds that killed Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind 9/11. This story was told by O’Neill in his 2017 memoir, “The Operator.” The US government, however, has not refuted nor acknowledged the veracity of his account.

As for O’Neill, this is not his first run-in with controversy since his arrest. In 2016, he was taken into custody in Montana for suspected drunk driving; however, the prosecution subsequently withdrew the accusations. He also gained notoriety in 2020 when he was expelled by Delta Airlines for defying mask regulations during the COVID-19 epidemic.

In addition to his personal experiences, O’Neill is active in business, having contributed to the establishment of the Virginia microbrewery Armed Forces Brewing Co. Due to the controversy surrounding Bud Light’s sponsorship of LGBTQ celebrity Dylan Mulvaney, the beer received notoriety around the time of its creation.

Although O’Neill’s assertion that he killed Osama bin Laden has aroused curiosity and skepticism alike, his latest arrest serves as a reminder that even well-known people can face personal difficulties and legal troubles. The public is eager to learn more about the incident and how it may affect O’Neill’s reputation when additional information about the circumstances surrounding his detention becomes available.