As reported by the New York Post, New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul filed a lawsuit citing a violation of privacy in a Florida court on Wednesday against ESPN and NFL reporter Adam Schefter for posting his private medical records online for the world to see.
ESPN obtained medical charts that show Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul had right index finger amputated today. pic.twitter.com/VI5cbS1uCw
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 8, 2015
Pierre-Paul, who infamously blew off his right index finger in a July 4th fireworks accident during the 2015 offseason, has already reached a settlement with Jackson Memorial Hospital (Miami, Florida), where two of its employees illegally leaked the information to Schefter. The hospital has terminated the two employees involved in the release of Pierre-Paul’s medical records.
The lawsuit states that Schefter “improperly obtained Pierre-Paul’s medical record chart,” which showed that the All-Pro defensive end had his right index finger amputated.
The suit also states:
“This action arises out of ESPN reporter Schefter’s blatant disregard for the private and confidential nature of the plaintiff’s medical records, all so Schefter could show the world that he had ‘supporting proof’ of a surgical procedure.”
Schefter has since stated that he “could have and should have” done a better job of protecting the privacy of JPP and his medical records, as he stated in an interview with Sports Illustrated.
In today’s world of social media, there is always a race for big time sports reporters such as Adam Schefter and Ian Rapoport to be first when it comes to breaking a story. Schefter being sued is something that may have been a long time coming, as the 49-year-old is known to go to extreme lengths in order to be first to either break or report on a story. It was only a matter of time until Schefter or another big name sports reporter got caught with their hand in the cookie jar when trying to be the first to report on a major story. Schefter’s job is to pretty much be a rat and report on things that nobody else is able to gain access to. People do not always take too kindly to those who’s job it is to get inside information and with the case of Jason Pierre-Paul’s medical records, Schefter is paying a swift price.