Giants defensive objective 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 NFL player blew off a thumb in a July 4 fireworks mishap and was treated at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, according to his lawyers Mitchell Schuster and Kevin Fritz.
Schefter improperly procured Pierre-Pauls medical chart demonstrating the defensive objective had his right index finger amputated and posting the record on Twitter to virtually 4 million adherents, the suit says.
This action arises out of ESPN reporter Schefters blatant neglect for the private and confidential nature of plaintiffs medical records, all so Schefter could show the world that he had supporting proof of a surgical procedure, the suit says.
Schefter subsequently acknowledged he could have and should have done even more to protect[ Pierre-Pauls] medical records, in an interview with Sports Illustrated.
The reporter said he tweeted the image of the medical record to bolster a narrative about the surgery.
Schefter, 49, who lives in New York, is a regular contributor to ESPN TV programs like NFL Insiders, Monday Night Countdown and SportsCenter.
Pierre-Pauls Miami Dade County civil suit, which does not specify fund injuries, says that while the players injury may have been a matter of legitimate public fear the following chart was not.
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