New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is suing ESPN and reporter Adam Schefter for publicizing his leaked medical records after a July 4, 2015, fireworks accident, as first reported by Julia Marsh of the New York Post.
The suit was filed in a Florida court on Wednesday and charges Schefter with improperly obtaining Pierre-Paul's medical chart - which included sensitive information about his finger amputation - and sharing it with his 4 million Twitter followers.
"This action arises out of ESPN reporter Schefter’s blatant disregard for the private and confidential nature of plaintiff’s medical records," the suit states, "all so Schefter could show the world that he had 'supporting proof' of a surgical procedure."
In a July interview with SI.com, Schefter admitted that he “could and should have done more” before posting the image of the medical record. But it was clear in the same interview that Schefter didn’t see the problem with publishing a photo of Pierre-Paul’s chart.
“It didn’t look to me as if there was anything else in there that could be considered sensitive,” Schefter said at the time. “NFL reporters report on all kinds of medical information on a daily basis. That’s part of the job. The only difference here was that there was a photo.”
“[I]n a day and age in which pictures and videos tell stories and confirm facts, in which sources and their motives are routinely questioned, and in which reporters strive to be as accurate as possible, this was the ultimate supporting proof,” Schefter said at the time. (Actually, the ultimate proof was on Pierre-Paul’s hand.)
The Miami hospital responsible for the leaks fired two employees they deemed responsible for the action.