Lawrence Tynes: What the Buccaneers are doing to me is wrong

AP

Lawrence Tynes will miss the entire 2013 season with an MRSA infection that he believes he contracted at the Buccaneers’ team facility. And he says the Bucs aren’t doing enough to take responsibility for the situation.

Tynes told FOXSports.com that by putting him on the non-football injury list rather than injured reserve, the Bucs are depriving him of certain benefits that players on injured reserve receive.

This whole thing is wrong,” Tynes told FOXSports.com. “My biggest emphasis is I don’t want this to happen to any current or future player. I’m going to fight this thing as long as I have to, because this team should not be allowed to do this to players. If I drop a 45-pound plate on my foot while lifting weights in the weight room at the facility, it’s IR. So I just don’t understand how my situation is any different. I went to work, I kicked, I practiced, I cold-tubbed, I hot-tubbed, I showered for all those days there. I come up with MRSA and it’s a non-football injury? They’re basically trying to exonerate themselves of this, and I’m not going to allow it to happen.”

The Bucs will still pay Tynes his $840,000 salary this season, but Tynes says the team is paying him the money mostly to make it look like they’re taking responsibility. In reality, Tynes doesn’t think the Bucs have done enough.

“It’s the humanity of it — not accepting blame and then trying to sugarcoat it with the salary,” he said. “That was their PR cover-up: ‘At least you’re getting paid.’ That’s not the point. It’s wrong.”

There’s nothing Tynes can do about the fact that he’s going to be too sick to play football this season. But he does plan to do what he can to get all the benefits he believes he’s entitled to, and Tynes says the union is helping him file a grievance against the Buccaneers.

32 responses to “Lawrence Tynes: What the Buccaneers are doing to me is wrong

  1. just curious what other benefits he’s referring to.. medical costs? future wages? not saying he’s wrong, just sounds like it’s the set up for a future lawsuit if he never plays again

  2. Positioning a claim for no liability in case he is sick for a long, long time or if he dies?

    Is their position that Tynes could have contracted this on a toilet seat not at their facility?

  3. One of the few times I take the side of the player.

    The guy will be out for the year when he’s at the peak of physical conditioning and still very young. That infection would kill most of us not playing football.

  4. Not crediting him with a year of service is the main difference between IR and NFI status.

    A year of service makes a difference when it comes to qualifying for future benefits, and as to the amount of those benefits.

  5. “Tynes says the team is paying him the money mostly to make it look like they’re taking responsibility.” I would say that by paying the money the team *is* taking responsibility. What a whiner.

  6. How did he get MRSA bacteraemia – ie how did it get in his blood stream? If it was a skin infection or otherwise he should’ve cleared it. So was it in the medical room? Did he get it from an injection or an IV? If so then he is potentially looking at a decent case for some other action if he goes hostile so to speak!

  7. What Tynes probably does not realize and understand is that he might have been colonized by the Staph previously and that he could actually be the source of the outbreak.

  8. Serious question: He can’t play because he has skin boils? I Googled MRSA and it’s very generic, non specific. Did Tynes have a surgery that got infected? I’ve never heard of an “MRSA” and I’m just curious.

  9. If Tynes contracted MRSA from the facility, he should be put on IR and get his year towards pension. If not, he shouldn’t. But anyone on these boards saying the Bucs are at fault are not using fact. Dude could have BROUGHT it into the training facility. He did have an ingrown toe nail, remember?

    The Bucs are in a tough spot to do right by the player without legally admitting to something they may or may not be guilty of. That remains to be proven. Hopefully science will reveal whether Ground Zero was the Bucs facility, or Tynes himself.

    Tynes is a good guy I believe. But keep your spouse away from publicly commenting on your profession, dude. Comes across as low rent.

  10. I’ve had two staph infections before. Both were very painful boils on my skin that especially hurt whenever something made contact with them. After getting antibiotics, they both cleared up within a week or so. His must have been a very serious case that went misdiagnosed for a while to get as bad as it is.

  11. The whole thing started with a toe problem and was not treated properly. The antibiotics they gave him dont cure the issue and it spread throughout his bloodstream. Carl Nicks also has the same problem but he is getting better.

  12. epmckenna says:
    Sep 1, 2013 10:24 AM
    I’ve had two staph infections before. Both were very painful boils on my skin that especially hurt whenever something made contact with them. After getting antibiotics, they both cleared up within a week or so. His must have been a very serious case that went misdiagnosed for a while to get as bad as it is.

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    MRSA is not just a normal staph infection. Methicillin Resistant staph is much more serious because most antibiotics are ineffective at killing it. It is a mutated form of Staphylococcus

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