During the 4th of July holiday, Jason Pierre-Paul made the ill-advised mistake of playing with fireworks. While he didn’t go full Devon Staples, the New York Giants would-be franchise player did enough damage to force his right index finger to be surgically removed.
We know this because NFL insider Adam Schefter tweeted a picture of JPP’s medical records for the world to see. Of course, there were livid reactions.
Reports New York Mag:
The tweet sparked two separate conversations. One concerned Pierre-Paul’s future, and ESPN’s subsequent reporting didn’t make his long-term situation sound all that dire. Pierre-Paul, according to an ESPN report, is expected to play next season, and one source said he’d return “sooner than people think.” Via ESPN’s Ed Werder, Pierre-Paul also suffered fractures to his thumb, and he reports that those could actually take longer to heal. (The broken thumb could take six weeks to heal, according to the report, compared to half that time for the amputation site to heal.)
The other conversation centered around Schefter’s reporting, and the ethics of a journalist obtaining and publishing an athlete’s medical records. “HIPAA,” an abbreviation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which protects medical records, began trending on Twitter, though ESPN said in a statement that “HIPAA does not apply to news organizations.” (It’s unclear how Schefter obtained them.)
CNN’s Brian Stelter reports that while Schefter himself didn’t violate HIPAA, if a health-care worker leaked that information to him, that person “almost certainly violated the law.”
Good luck telling that to the millions of people who follow Schefter on Twitter.
ESPN and their “sources” have created a stir once again. Flip through the gallery below and see the town hall coming down on the trusty insider. As for that franchise tag, the Giants have since rescinded their offer.