Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul made headlines when he injured his hand and lost a finger in a July 4 fireworks accident before the 2015 season. Now he's reportedly suing ESPN and reporter Adam Schefter for revealing his medical records in the aftermath.
Julia Marsh of the New York Post shared the details Wednesday:
Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is flagging ESPN and its reporter Adam Schefter for posting his private medical records online to millions of readers.
Pierre-Paul, 27, sued ESPN and Schefter in a Florida court Wednesday, citing a violation of his privacy.
The civil suit seeks more than $15,000 in damages, per Kevin Draper of Deadspin.
Marsh reported the suit accuses Schefter of "blatant disregard for the private and confidential nature of plaintiff's medical records, all so Schefter could show the world that he had 'supporting proof' of a surgical procedure."
The suit claims that "while the player's injury may have been 'a matter of legitimate public concern,' the 'chart was not,'" per Marsh.
On Feb. 5, Daniel Chang of the Miami Herald reported an operating room nurse and a secretary were fired from Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital for "accessing the information in violation of federal patient privacy laws" after an internal investigation into the Pierre-Paul incident.
The Giants defender ultimately appeared in eight games last season and wore a club over his injured hand. He only notched a single sack after tallying an impressive 12.5 sacks during the 2014 campaign and is a free agent this offseason.
Pierre-Paul has played his entire career with the Giants since they drafted him in the first round in 2010, and Dan Graziano of ESPN.com noted the team is reportedly interested in re-signing him to bolster a pass rush that finished an abysmal 30th in the league in 2015 with 23 sacks.