New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is suing ESPN and reporter Adam Scheffer for posting his private medical records.
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
The suit claims,
“This action arises out of ESPN reporter Schefter’s 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”
As irresponsible as it was for Pierre-Paul to put himself in that kind of danger, he’s well within his rights on this one. That’s his confidential information, and how Scheffer got his hands on it, remains cloudy.
Between Schefter’s controversial acquisition of JPP’s medical records, and Al-jazeera’s of Peyton Manning‘s wife’s, it seems the line of respect for an individual has been easily bypassed in favor of breaking a story.
Pierre-Paul’s civil suit does not disclose monetary specifics, as noted by Marsh.