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Pierre-Paul settles lawsuit with ESPN and reporter Adam Schefter

New York's free agent pass-rusher put a legal battle behind him.

New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul settled his suit Friday against ESPN and reporter Adam Schefter, who posted his confidential medical records for the public to see. 

 Schefter illegally received Pierre-Paul’s medical chart showing the amputation of his index finger, according to the suit.  Schefter then posted the information on Twitter for his millions of followers to see.

 Pierre-Paul sued ESPN in a Miami federal court on February 2016 based on a violation of privacy.  Although Schefter admitted to his wrongdoings in an interview with Sports Illustrated, ESPN lawyers asked for the case to be tossed on the basis of Schefter’s actions being protected by the First Amendment.  The terms of the deal were finalized on Friday, and are confidential due to a court-ordered mediation.

 A spokesman for ESPN said in a statement that the company “continues to firmly believe that its reporting about Mr. Pierre-Paul’s July 2015 injury, including the use of a medical chart that definitely described the seriousness of the injury and resulting treatment, was both newsworthy and journalistically appropriate.”   

 The defensive end blew his finger off in a fireworks accident during the Fourth of July in 2015 and was treated at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.  He will officially become an unrestricted free agent in March and is looking for an $85 million contract.

 


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